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The two actors clearly goad Schiller into making observations, most of which are made after Schiller explicitly takes off his “NPR hat” to give his personal opinion. For example, Schiller says there aren’t enough “educated, so-called elite” Americans, adding that public opinion is driven by “this very large uneducated part of the population.”

Of tea partyers, he adds: “I mean, basically they … Believe in sort of white, middle-America, gun-toting. I mean, it’s scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people.”

 

The sad part is, they’re already capitulating. NPR is not exactly a government agency. It’s more like the Red Cross of US radio news broadcasting. The ironic thing is that people I know and respect have been saying the same things about the Tea Party, and would agree that there really IS a “very large uneducated part of the population.” Of course, The IP wouldn’t say anything like that; after all, he’s got a strong sense of propriety.

More stupid is how this Schiller fellow fell for the trap, a scenario only a little more forgivable in hindsight; although it’s kinda sad that one would have to second-guess every situation in which they find themselves.  Maybe he was too trusting?

But it’s not like he let some cat out of a bag. That’s what makes it weird; people can’t express their opinions in “public” without censure of some kind; even when there is evidence that they are mostly telling the truth. The quality of the debate in the MSM (and NPR is certainly a part of that, or they wouldn‘t fire this guy‘s ass like they‘re gonna do), if there really is any debate, sucks, often in both directions. But at least the lefties on the Intar-Webs tend to be funnier, and they do sound more like the “educated, so-called elite.” And some even use rude and vulgar prose because they don’t have to fear censure (maybe they have day jobs and enough people agree with them that they can drive traffic to their site).

Anywaze, The IP only listens to the NPR when he’s traveling. At home he’s gone pure BBC, man. He’s straight-lining on http://www.bbc.co.uk/  The BBC even does a better job reporting on America than NPR does. Here are two examples, each from a regularly repeating programme on the World Service:

AMERICANA

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