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National Public Radio Insults the Washington Policy Community

Friday, 05 August 2011 03:03

National Public Radio showed either its ignorance of the policy community in Washington or its bias in supporting Peter Peterson's efforts to cut Social Security and Medicare in a news story on the deficit and taxes. It described Maya MacGuineas, the head of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, as:

"about as close to an independent voice on tax policy as you'll find in the nation's capital."

While Ms. MacGuineas has been critical of both political parties, this is true of many of the people working on budget policy in Washington. It is remarkable if NPR is somehow unaware of this fact. 

Ms. MacGuineas has consistently taken positions that are consistent with those supported by Peter Peterson (whose foundation supports her work). Her organization has not shown in interest in proposals that focus on reducing the deficit by taxes on Wall Street speculation or reforming the U.S. health care system, the primary driver of the long-term deficit.

NPR's comment is inaccurate and misleading to listeners, as well as insult to dozens of people doing policy work on budget issues in Washington. 

Comments (3)Add Comment
Not Surprising...
written by Jerry Jones, August 05, 2011 5:46
Not terribly surprising, is it? After all, NPR pretty much worships the "masters of the universe" (Wall Street & the big banks). If NPR were to do real reporting, then that would upset the "masters of the universe."
written by MB, August 05, 2011 9:25
It can be hard to tell what's up with experts. I've seen her on c-span and thought she sounded very sensible. oh well.
Check Out the Board of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
written by Hugh Sansom, August 05, 2011 1:27
Erskine Bowles, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Paul O'Neill, Charlie Stenholm, Peter G. Peterson, Alan Simpson.... There are a few moderates — Paul Volcker, Laura Tyson — but the organization is overwhelmingly dominated by what today count as "center-right" voices (right-wing or conservative in a more rational age).

That NPR can characterize the "Committee" as impartial or independent is a sign of how conservative the US is today and how ill-informed and biased NPR is.

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