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NPR Does the He Said/She Said on Minnesota Shutdown

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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 04:31

It is not balanced reporting to present a Republican legislator from Minnesota talking about spiraling state spending and then present someone else talking about state services. Most NPR listeners will not have the time to look up the data on state spending in Minnesota. NPR's reporter should.

If NPR had done its job, it would have pointed out that there has been no upward trend in state spending. Therefore when the Republicans complain about out of control or spiraling spending, they are not being honest.

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written by Ron Alley, July 05, 2011 6:32
The quality of MPR has dropped precipitously over the past five years or so. The retiring CEO, William Kling, gave some exit interview broadcasts and his conversion to conservatism was evident in his remarks. I don't yet know just how far rightward his successor will take MPR.

Ten years ago we had the best public radio in the country with reporters who asked tough questions of the Republicans in state government and you could tell from their voices that they dreaded appearing on MPR. The reporters seemed generally well prepared for their interviews.

That is no longer true. Today the Republicans get softballs, as you observed, while the Democrats get tough, partisan questioning. The reporters don't do much to prepare for interviews and MPR seems to value its role as certified public stenographer.

Maybe its evolution -- social Darwinism.

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written by John Q, July 05, 2011 8:04
"Therefore when the Republicans complain about out of control or spiraling spending, they are not being honest."

This is a specific example of a more general rule:

"Therefore when the Republicans complain about (fill in specific case here), they are not being honest.
mpr he said she said
written by caseyf5, July 06, 2011 3:35
What a sad commentary on our media. Whenever a Rethug is interviewed the opening of the mouth immediately leads to unchallenged lies, distortions, obfuscations, etc. The reverse treatment is given to others. The corruption of the media leads to the destruction of a society. Without knowledge the serf, peon (pick your own name) society is reborn. A pyramid with the top ruling and the base "living" (subsistence) serving the top of the pyramid. This brings to mind the Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man".

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