Every day, I hear samplings of “every day” middle class or lower class people sharing their opinions about the presidential election. McCain and Palin are generally looked upon with skepticism.
When NPR was reporting live from Colorado, they focused on Hillary Clinton fanatics.
Last week, I heard about some railroad station being closed down due to “big business” or something like that.
Although NPR has excellent programs, my problem is that the street interviews are not random samples, nor do they express many sides of an issue.
It’s kinda of like if the DailySkew Ministry of Truth was reporting live from a Democratic middle class African American household, and using the family’s interviews to demonstrate Obama is the choice of America.
In other words, I think NPR interviewing a 72-year old woman on the street saying that Sarah Palin was a bad choice, and then having the voice-over journalist comment as if that is how the general public feels is frustrating to me.
Every morning, I hear all about a small business struggling or a “common man” getting squeezing by “The Man”, and it just feeds into Obama’s populist platform.
I found this on the ‘net:
On Sunday, May 9, I specifically remember listening to NPR for more than an hour and hearing endless interviews about the prisoner abuse scandal. Imagine my surprise when I found out that that overnight a a bomb in an Iraqi market killed 7 people. Somehow other news outlets thought this was news, but NPR didn’t have time.
Bottom line: does NPR have a liberal bias? Yeah.
“Public” radio has a liberal lean, probably by its very nature. Politics is just one aspect of NPR. I would say the other programming is more balanced. The politics side just seems to lose perspective when they focus on interviewing four people in small town and extrapolate their opinions to somehow be representative of Americans as a whole.