Sunday, December 18, 2005

All Things Ill Considered.

Julian Sanchez at Reason - Hit and Run has a nice little piece on conservative window dressing at NPR. The comments that follow the essay hit the nail squarely on the head about the standard fare on NPR's news programs All Things Considered and Morning Edition.

The Cycle of News Topics on ME and ATC (many courtesy of the thoughtful commentators on Sanchez's essay):
  • The unfairness of the capitalist system
  • The danger to the environment posed by the capitalist system
  • The danger to children posed by the capitalist system
  • Continuing racism in the US
  • Continuing sexism in the US
  • The plight of illegal aliens in the US
  • Scandals in the (Catholic) Church, mostly about sex
  • The latest threat posed by fundamentalist Christians
  • Scandals of Republican politicians
  • Too little funding for public education
  • Inadequate healthcare
  • "Progressive" art (almost always the last piece in the morning)
  • Israeli persecution of Palestinians
  • Crisis in the US Military (scandal, fraud, abuse, some-ism)

Write each of these on a 3x5 card, arrange them in any order you want, and voila! An instant Morning Edition program!

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