Chad Perrin: SOB

24 January 2008

NPR is not immune

Filed under: Liberty — apotheon @ 05:55

I’m sure, by now, you’ve heard about how Ron Paul is getting shut out of mainstream media mentions. One of the most egregious examples was when Ron Paul took second place in the Nevada primaries — and none of the mainstream media outlets said anything about it. They’ll talk about who came in fourth in most primaries — but not who came in second, if it’s Ron Paul.

My SigO has been listening to NPR for about a month now on her way to and from work every day. She has a commute that takes more than half an hour each way. Conservatively, she must have listened to about 20 hours of NPR lately.

Of course, there’s more Democrat material on NPR than Republican material, for obvious reasons (NPR’s well-known left-leaning bias), but they talk about the Republican side of things often enough that disturbing trends are unavoidably obvious. In this case, the trend she has noticed is primarily that Ron Paul is almost never mentioned. In fact, Ron Paul has been mentioned exactly twice.

The first time, it was when the host of All Things Considered (Michele Norris) read some of the letters they get from listeners. Someone wrote a letter to them commenting on the fact that they utterly fail to mention Ron Paul, ever, at all. It was pretty critical and, from what the SigO can tell, accurate.

The second time, it was when . . . drumroll please . . . the host of All Things Considered read some of the letters they got from listeners today. She read one that commented on how Ron Paul is getting blacked out in the media in general, and on NPR in particular. Ms. Norris commented that they had received many letters to this effect. Then, having said that, she considered the matter closed and moved on to other matters.

The impression the SigO got is that they seem to be intentionally rubbing in the fact that they’re ignoring Ron Paul. Somehow, I’m not surprised.

Add NPR to the list, along with Fox, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, and everyone else in the “short tail” of the mainstream media news sources.

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