To the Point

There comes a time in every epoch when pragmatism simply evolves into extreme acquiescence and surrender to the forces of apathy and do-nothingness, a guarantor of the status quo in all of its easy, democratic criminality--its fortress of greed. You could line up all the pols in the U.S. in a straight row and examine them head to toe and not find a single man or woman capable of admitting, never mind ending, the corruption of their vocation--Buddy Dooley

Monday, April 17, 2017

Bad Journalism

For example, of all places, National Public Radio just ran a lengthy segment examining the numerous instances in which Donald Trump has this week proven himself a liar and a fraud by advancing policies in direct conflict with his campaign platform and campaign promises.  Throughout the piece, the NPR journalists discussed how Trump was “learning on the job,” how these self-contradictions represented a possible shift to the political center, and how during the campaign, “Trump needed to say” one thing, and as President, he “needed to say” another.  Not once during the piece did anyone speak up to say: “Since when did it become acceptable for a person running for, let alone winning, the presidency to so transparently lie and manipulate and speak in inflammatory terms without commitment to the public or accountability for his words?”  NPR completely avoided the real story, which is that Donald Trump lacks the intelligence and mental health to meet what has long been the minimum standard for someone running for, let alone holding, our nation’s highest office.  Instead, in terms that often amounted to outright praise, NPR normalized Trump’s ego-driven self-license to campaign on lies, fantasies and ignorance.--HE

Hank has discovered, perhaps belatedly, that NPR isn't really all that. The reportage and analysis he finds lacking has been the network's stock-in-trade for a long time now, with the reprehensible Steve Inskeep and Cokie Roberts leading the pack of assorted bobble-heads.

NPR is the radio version of the HuffPost, that is weak-kneed "journalism" of the most-simplistic variety.

As execrable as poisoned food, it cannot be digested without waves of nausea overcoming the senses. The fare further blurs the line between "fake" and "real" news as its toxicity levels become dangerous to the human spirit.


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