CBS' Brian Montopoli has an article and I want to emphasize this part:
Eric Deggans, the media critic for the St. Petersburg Times who also contributes to NPR, said in an interview that he believes NPR makes a concerted effort to be fair in its news coverage. (Deggans stressed that his connection to the network made him less than impartial.)"When it comes to their opinion shows and their commentary shows and stuff like that, they're focused on kind of a college educated audience," he said. "And they have a very tight focus on who their listenership is, and they're creating shows that speak to those people. I think sometimes people see that focus and they translate that into a liberal bias."
Eric Deggans is an idiot, a damn idiot. I know he is ridiculed community wide but I never read any statements by him so I never realized how stupid he was until today.
What Terry Gross did on her arts show (Fresh Air) in November and December 2009 was not about "advanced degrees." That is (A). (B)? That is the kind of condescening bull that has gotten NPR into trouble. How dare you, you pathetic little TV critic -- unable to show independent thought in your TV reviews apparently -- insist that "college educated audience" geared programming is beyond the listeners.
And exactly how is Terry Gross acting a man to describe a lap dance, to tell her all about it, or her asking a prostitute to describe S&M with a client "educated" discussions?
Mr. Deggans is an idiot and an ass and his ass should be canned after his remarks. He is part of the problem (as is Ms. Gross) and NPR needs to stop being so condescending to its audience. I think, in fact, NPR needs to give its staff some sensitivity training. Mr. Deggans' insulting commentary insists that they receive training.
Unlike Mr. Deggans, I have been liberal for many, many decades. I have never thought it made me smarter than anyone else. He really needs to find somewhere else to appear besides NPR.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: