National Public Radio, Not Another Penny

This is a call for anyone still giving money to NPR, please stop. If you want to send money to support real journalism, try the Nation, MoJo, Harpers or one of the few remaining progressive radio shows like Jimmy's favorite Seder or Hartmann. Even if you listen to the 18 hours per day of classical music programming on NPR, the following story should be more than enough to provoke you to send those checks elsewhere get an IPOD.

Thursday morning before the House vote on extending the Bush tax cuts, NPR ran non-stop Republican propaganda. Marketplace ran this interview with Republican Representative Dave Camp without any opposing viewpoints, of course, but with lots of cheerleading. The points made in this interview are so unbelievably preposterous, I almost puked up my sausage-egg-and-cheese-on a sesame bagel while driving down Route 1. The points are summarized below:

1. The economy is in terrible shape and we need to change direction. Therefore it is an imperative that we do not change the tax policy that we have been using for the last 8 years. Because it has worked so well. Good point Dave.

2. The pre-Bush era tax rate above an income level of $250,000 is devastating for small businesses, because “half” of such income comes from small businesses. Of course, as you know from previous posts and this direct reporting done back in July no more than 3% of small businesses are impacted by the rate above $250,000.

This numbers game reminded me of a classic line in the Naked Gun about Nordberg's chances of surviving after getting shot like 40 times. Its about 1/3 of the way into this clip, which I just had to post in honor of the passing of Leslie Nielsen this week.

So “small business” is half of the reported income above $250k, but that's only pertains to 3% of small businesses. Just like Nordberg has a 50/50 chance of surviving, but there's only a 10% chance of that. Makes you think of the old saying: lies, damned lies, and statistics.

Of course, I do not expect anyone on NPR to ask questions about the source of stats quoted or how they were arrived at. (They used to, like 10 years ago, which is the last time I sent them a check, though I still get a letter from them monthly asking for cash.) But what happened next was what really stunned me. The very next segment at the top of the hour led off with a reference to 'Mitch McConnell's confidence that the senate will extend tax cuts for all Americans'. There was no rational discussion of the facts, just that statement, straight from the Republican's message machine. I felt like I was listening to Fox Radio.

  • M.Uila

    I have good news for Mitch McConnell. The tax package that the House approved this week DOES extend tax cuts for all Americans! It’s 100% un-fucking-deniable! In fact, it cuts taxes for EVERYONE all the way up to your first 250,000 dollars! It’s called a marginal tax bracket, media assholes. That means EVERYONE fucking benefits! It’s a goddamn christmas miracle!

    On the other hand, cutting taxes on those marginal millions does NOT benefit everyone, and in fact is a 70 billion dollar giveaway to that 2% of rich assholes who own 50% of everything, or whatever the fuck the number is these days.

    What we need is a credible Working Man’s Party, which clearly and unambiguously advocates for that other 98% of Americans whose interests are currently not represented in Congress. Why is that not possible?

  • Jimmy Reefercake

    AMEN!! I see the party politics of today on big media outlets is really just a few rich assholes playing with sock puppets.

  • Jimmy Reefercake

    …but there is hope for a band of “unbought, unbossed” to use a quote from Sam Seder, citizen journalists and artist to at least keep a spark of goodness alive.

  • Jimmy Reefercake

    With regard to that, I hooked up with some bloggers from this place

    looking to cross-pollinate with our site here, and also post songs, rants, on mp3 to get a wider audience.

    In the works, allthehypocrisy podcasts, 1 dollar a month subscription? Ways to strengthen what we do to get the message out? ideas?

  • Jimmy Reefercake

    just got another recommendation

    got to remember to check this out sometime.