I grew up listening to NPR and I still tune in occasionally for reruns of Car Talk. Beyond that however, the outlet has just gone around the bend. It was always “liberal.” It’s funded in part by the taxpayers and like any institution that must rely on government funding its inclination is toward larger government. But these days I can barely listen to it for its unrelenting statism.
And really, a question I had as a kid still holds. Why does the government fund any media anyway? That doesn’t seem right.
(From The New York Post)
Most reporters and editors are liberal — a now-dated Pew Research Center poll found that liberals outnumber conservatives in the media by some 5 to 1, and that comports with my own anecdotal experience at National Public Radio. When you are liberal, and everyone else around you is as well, it is easy to fall into groupthink on what stories are important, what sources are legitimate and what the narrative of the day will be.
This may seem like an unusual admission from someone who once ran NPR, but it is borne of recent experience. Spurred by a fear that red and blue America were drifting irrevocably apart, I decided to venture out from my overwhelmingly Democratic neighborhood and engage Republicans where they live, work and pray. For an entire year, I embedded myself with the other side, standing in pit row at a NASCAR race, hanging out at Tea Party meetings and sitting in on Steve Bannon’s radio show. I found an America far different from the one depicted in the press and imagined by presidents (“cling to guns or religion”) and presidential candidates (“basket of deplorables”) alike.