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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by dario541, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. dario541

    dario541 medford, or 97504 Member

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    Here in southern Oregon we have several radio stations that are connected to National Public Radio (NPR). There are also 3 TV channels run by Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB and PBS). These entities are controlled by far left people. They are completely biased against Conservatives and make NO attempt at fairness. Of course, I seldom watch or listen to their political blather.
    I am sure that you all are aware of their interminable money grubathons. If I felt that they were fair minded I might support them. But I refuse to feed tha hand that bites me!
    As I surf the various channels that my cable system offers, I often run across one wacko left wing program called "Democracy Now." It is moderated by a very ugly woman (I'll bet she never roped in a man) that spews out all kinds of stuff that I din't care for. The minute I come across this program I push the button to move on. And, of course they give lefty Bill Maher a forum. But nothing even remotely Conservative.
    I have heard that one of their talking (pin) heads says that the First Amendment Freedom of Speech only applies to "Rational Discourse." So-called "rational discourse" doesn't need protection. The First Amendment guarantees that EVERYBODY has the Right to say and believe what he wants!
    One thing that really iritates me is that some of our tax dollars go to these Socialistic lefties. I don't know how our elected representatives can waste any of our money on NPR and OPB-PBS claptrap when the economy is so bad. If our government has so much money that they have to throw it away, I'll take some, too!
    And, today the left (including public radio and TV) wants to exterminate Coservative talk radio. That way, as Hitler did, they will control everything that the American citizens (I think that the consider us to be slaves) can hear!
     
  2. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    NPR, yes they are left leaning, extremely far left. Imagine the outcry if tax dollars were to be used to support a talk show like "Lars Larson", the wailing and nashing of teeth would be heard across the nation. Why do our tax dollars support this type of rhetoric, anybody????
     
  3. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    The up side is viewer/listener numbers of NPR/OPB are traditionally low. Personally I have never understood the concept of public broadcasting. I suspect the only reason for it's development was to push liberal/left leaning values and ideas but it does not seem to be a big player in this arena.
     
  4. rufus

    rufus State of Jefferson Well-Known Member

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    I listen to NPR often. Liberalism fascinates me and I study every chance I get. Television is too over-the-top, but NPR and major newspapers from big cities are right up my alley.

    The best NPR segment, in my opinion, is "All Things Considered". Of course, nothing could be further from the truth, but the name sure sounds good. I believe great effort is made to "sound" as educated, fair, and correct as possible. It's laughable at times.

    There is something about pompous academics telling their version of current events, complete with smug attitudes and sound effects designed to tug at heartstrings, that I find quite entertaining.

    The fact that our tax dollars pay for this is maddening, but what does that tell us? It certainly could not survive without government subsidies (it is "government radio" after all), so it should be no surprise to find the programming is socialistic in nature.

    Regarding the "fairness doctrine", what a joke! Yet another misleading name. How can you be against fairness? This kind of thing works surprisingly well on the stupid.

    The next time someone tells you conservative talk radio is full of hate speech and should cease to exist, tell them something like "You must listen a lot to know that". The response is always something like "I never listen, can't stand it". Your point will go unnoticed.
     
  5. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    When I make that point it never goes unnoticed. I NEVER let it go unnoticed.
    I always point out that if they NEVER listen how can they know?
    Then I point out that if they only listen to things they agree with, and ASSUME they feel is right, how will they ever expand their frame of reference,...

    Liberal/progressive types HATE it when you point out that their frames of reference, and therefore knowledge, is limited and therefore narrow minded.
    But that is almost always the case!
     
  6. dario541

    dario541 medford, or 97504 Member

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    I may watch an occasional music or nature program, but only if I stumble on it while channel surfing.

    PLEASE VISIT NORTHWESTLIBERTY.COM
     
  7. rufus

    rufus State of Jefferson Well-Known Member

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    I've given up trying to reason/argue with libs. The best they can do is try to drag you down to their intellectual level then beat you up with experience.

    Instead, I make my point then smile when it goes right over there head. If I'm lucky they will keep spewing ignorance.
     
  8. akula

    akula Seattle Member

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    Guess I must be in the minority here but NPR and BBC are the only news that I watch/listen to. I've come to dislike and ignore all the 24 hour news channels Fox, CNN, MSNBC are all the same. They report gossip more than real news, how much time did they spend covering the Micheal Jackson's trial or the death of Anne Nicole Smith. And when they do cover "news" they spend most of the time yelling and pointing the fingers.
     
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  9. jimwsea

    jimwsea Vancouver, Washington state Active Member

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    The only TV news I watch is PBS' Frontline....sometimes. To me, there is very little investigative reporting on the tube these days. Most everything on the tube seems useless, or seems to be a diversion, with more and more dismayed journalism school graduates just reading a script.
     
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  10. MA Duce

    MA Duce Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    +1 :thumbup: The media industry is based on making profit by expanding viewership by stoking controversy, bigger audiences mean they can charge more for advertising. Fox and MSNBC are the worst, closely followed by CNN. Watch BBC and you will learn what is going on in the world. They were predicting the trouble in Tunisia before it happened, and routinely report about the WHOLE world, not just wherever the latest rumor is.
     
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    elsullo Portland Oregon New Member

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    I often view Al-Jazeera English news and find it very well balanced, even if it is funded by Arab oil state money. It's on Comcast basic cable Portland public access channel 29 at seven PM weeknights........................elsullo
     
  12. fuhr52

    fuhr52 Lane County. Oregon Well-Known Member

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    You hit the nail on the head PROFIT. NPR and PBS don't have to make a profit. They will stay on the air even if nobody is listening or watching. Tax payer funded. That's our money being spent.
     
  13. akula

    akula Seattle Member

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    Actually NPR only gets 15% of their total budget from CPD (government) grants which is about 25 million. The majority of of their funding comes from listener donations. The CPD has a nine member board (who appropriate donations) 4 Democrats, 4 republicans and one independent. Seems pretty fair to me.
     
  14. Sling Blade

    Sling Blade Yamhill County Well-Known Member

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    Honestly, I really don't understand how NPR is far left. IMO, they report the news and don't sensationalize things, unlike the networks and cable "news" shows. If I want real news I go to NPR and BBC - the rest is The National Enquirer on TV.
     
  15. fuhr52

    fuhr52 Lane County. Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I don't see a reason we should spend taxpayer dollars on media outlets. Let the private sector fund it like any other media outlet.
     
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    nwo Southern Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I rather enjoy listening to "Talk Of The Nation" with Neil Conen. It is quite the lefty show, but entertaining nonetheless, especially the Wednesday show with the "political junkie".

    "Science Friday" with Ira Plato is fun to listen to as well.
     
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    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    NPR is indirectly funded by federal tax dollars, and of their operating budget those dollars only make up about 10%

    Federal expenditures for 2010 are $3.55 trillion. That means NPR represents 0.00018% of government expenditure.

    Like most things not based on facts or evidence, the notion that NPR harbors a liberal bias is an article of faith.
     
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  18. dario541

    dario541 medford, or 97504 Member

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    Name any Conservative programming! I don't call for the abolition of NPR/OPB. I know how to change stations. I just DO NOT want tax dollars wasted on these stations! You listen and I'll pass!
     
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  19. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I listen to OPB/NPR in the Dump truck while I work. Partly to find out what the left leaners are thinking and to hear a different slant on the general news. I find some of their special programing like the stuff on Science Friday most interesting.

    As to the TV WOW Antiques Road Show, Nova, some of the Music programs, Oregon Field Guide, Oregon Experiance, The States, the survival shows, Masterpiece Theator, and the list goes on.

    I never watch any news or political crap on OSB/NPR
     
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    marty8587 NE Portland Active Member

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    I used to donate to them years ago, but I was watching a good music show while they were begging. They continually ranted about there viewership being smarter and better educated than other TV viewers (blowing smoke). They sent my magazine that goes with the donation and it had a survey for the viewers to fill out.It asked for your education level and had a minumum of 2 years college. I am a High School Grad. and took offense to OPB's snob appeal and sent them a letter to that effect telling them I will never contribute again and they are allianating a large part of society. Now I watch what I want for free!