Oh, it matters a LOT

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Submitted by Rich Matarese (United States), Mar 9, 2011 15:18

It has never been possible - or, for that matter, never has it been desirable - for journalists to report or comment dispassionately and without prejudice.

Human nature. From the moment a decision is made to focus on any particular phenomenon as "newsworthy," the human beings doing the reporting impart their own prejudices to the process.

When you think about it, this is what the reader or viewer or listener wants. Each of us selects from available information sources those conduits - those channels - which suit our own perceptions of value. We choose to accord greater reliability or utility to the reporting of some people. We learn to distrust and even to despise the opinions and the reporting "slant" of others.

What we cannot condone is the pretense that any of this work is done in a "nonpartisan" fashion.

That's impossible, right? If anybody chooses to say anything in public discourse - even here, in these "Comment" posts - there's political partisanship inherent in making that statement.

What has long frosted my personal shorts about NPR is the special oh-so-superior pretense under which these "public service" broadcasters operate, always claiming to be without political particularity while at all times and in every possible way "selling" statism, the doctrine of government-as-god in the peculiar flavor we've come to know as "Liberal."

Or are they calling themselves "progressive" again this week?

Add to that their pure, arrogant, hate-filled contempt for us "flyover country" lesser folk - y'know, us taxpayers who work for our livings and who are preyed upon to pay for NPR as a gaudy entertainment run to suit the self-satisfied parasitic "Liberal" types - exposed in this sting operation but always perceivable in NPR operations, and they're going to be fortunate if nothing more happens to them than that the U.S. House of Representatives enacts a measure to zero out their federal funding.

There is, after all, a plenty of hot tar, poultry offal, and fence rails in this nation, and we have a time-honored tradition in America of expressing popular disapproval of people like these NPR officers by inflicting upon them coats of molten asphalt, decorating them with filth and feathers, and riding them out of our communities to dump them in the nearest river.

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