Somewhat surprising to read this on the CNN website this morning:
National Public Radio CEO Vivian Schiller resigned Wednesday, according to NPR’s website.
First of all, it appears the CNN didn’t get the memo, NPR no longer stands for “National Public Radio.” It is just three letters, stands for nothing, move along now, nothing to see here. Maybe they’ll change that back again, it’d be nice to keep the “radio” in NPR.
Secondly, I have been watching the public radio funding debate with casual interest. Overall, I support public radio and TV. There are many good programs and such that those stations produce and I don’t think we’d see anything like them on what is now the complete and utter waste land known as commercial broadcasting.
Where I part company with the CPB and NPR is the use of public funding to install proprietary HD Radio equipment at member stations. Further, when that equipment did not meet up with expectations, NPR then petitioning the FCC for a power increase which their own study admitted may cause interference to other stations.
I have also noticed a particular hush in their news reporting once President Obama took office. Gone are the investigative reports on Guantanamo Bay, which is still there and now appears to be an indefinite detention facility. Nary a peep was heard about the renewal of the USA Patriot act last February, a topic that lead to much hyperventilation previously. Wire taps, extraordinary rendition, drone attacks, what? All of which gives the news product a left lean, which on the public dime, chafes my neck a bit. Apparently, I am not alone in this.