As an IT guy in California, I know most of my coworkers are dedicated NPR listeners. That’s just California for you! But is it? These coworkers come from many other places in the US, and from abroad. And they all overwhelmingly listen to NPR.
I fear we are losing the culture war in America today. Obviously our colleges are churning out little self-righteous marxists. Nasty people when they see tou don’t sup their Kooliad. But IT professionals coming in from India and China seem to get indoctrinated quickly into the NPR culture. Apparently their universities and ours share the same worldview, globalism, and they are addicted to the same thing, NPR, the Heroine of news sources. NPR makes people feel warm, secure, righteous, and “on the right side”. It doesn’t matter if its propaganda and lies. NPR says the “other side” is bad, evil, selfish and greedy. The entire corporate aka mainstream media says the same thing. And they do it all while sounding so educated, upbeat, Good, and Nice (and while sweeping all their Ugly under the rug). Who could disagree? NPR makes listeners addicts without them even realizing they’re being drugged.
The problem is that NPR Liberals – some of whom can be very nice people in their daily lives – are kept clueless. They go about their lives fat (metaphorically speaking), dumb, and happy.
I have found NPR listeners are ignorant about such ugly facts as Hillary Clinton’s sordid past, current involvement with the likes of Black Lives Matter, taking money from countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar where gays and women are killed and abused. NPR listeners don’t know who Reverend Jeremiah Wright is, nor Bill Ayers, nor even Barry Soetoro!
NPR listeners are mostly ignorant of all this. And I’ve found when told about some Democrat scandal or crime, they shrug everything off with “it happens, everybody does it” or a projection onto the current enemy Republican dujour.
NPR listeners are somehow capable of being offended that Trump had 3 bankruptcies ( he owns over 500 businesses) which is legal (it happens, everybody does it) yet are unconcerned with things they’ve actually heard about, like Hillary Clinton’s illegal insider trading with Whitewater, the horrible Bengazi scandal and coverup, and the Clinton Foundation’s corruption with Pay to Play which leads to things like the fleecing of charity money in Haiti, where Clinton donors got rich off contract deals but nothing got rebuilt there and Haitians are living in horrible conditions still. That’s okay thought because NPR says the Clintons didn’t do anything wrong. And you just don’t disagree wih NPR! Who does that!?!
We know that most politicians are lying sociopaths by default. Is the same true of NPR listeners?
I hope not all NPR listeners are lost causes. The ones that don’t do the immediate shrug off might be open minded and educable. Some lean toward conservative principles even if they don’t identify them as such. Some actually believe in right and wrong, not just self righteousness. Some just don’t know what the alternatives to NPR are. These we have to try to reach.
NPR paints a happy “Libs Good Republicans Bad” worldview complete with lies about how great Obama, Obamacare, the Economy is etc etc. and how evil and uncaring those on the Right are.
The NPR bubble. I see three types floating in it. 1) Libs who want to protect it at all costs. These are the marxist idealogues who start shrieking their talking points when you dare to disagree. And spew contradictory thoughts like, I’m a liberal slash libertarian, but I like Sanders and Socialism. I guess I’m a communist.” A Libertarian Communist. This is the product of Higher Education brainwashing. 2) The low info types. Well intentioned generally, they think they’re getting so much wonderful information on NPR, they’ve apprently never heard of the word “propaganda” and trust the mainstream medi completely. Nice people, they naturally gravitate to the siren call of NPR. Unaware of the false narratives they are fed daily, they think Obama is “a pretty good president”. They know no alternative, and dutifully wouldn’t leave anyway, buying the lie that radio and people on the Right are evil. The fact that the Right leaning Media self identities as such while the leftist media pushes a con of being objective is lost on them, being just a bit too far into the deep end for them in the pool of thought. 3) Conservative leaning NPR listeners, who haven’t heard of Rush (come on, he’s still the biggest name in conservative media, and IMO would have the most appeal for these educated IT types who are used to their “cultured, intellectual” effetes at NPR) get smacked every which way with false narratives, lies and Red Herrings.
One of the latter conservatives – a Trump supporter too new to the US to know to keep his mouth shut in CA IT workplaces – told me after the 3rd debate that Trump made a mistake refusing to answer the “will he concede” question. I explained how it would then have just been spun that “Trump conceded last night that he’s already lost the election. Why do we even need to vote?” I could see this new concept getting processed. Soon I hope to get him off of NPR. For his own sanity.
The idea that govt and corporate media is not objective is not new to folks from China or Russia. But many can’t believe the USA – the country the world looks up to for fair media and election processes – has become so corrupted. They won’t believe it even when given examples. After all, they came here to get away from all that, and NPR is so, so reassuring.
How do we overcome NPR propaganda? I think we need to hold our noses and listen a bit to NPR, and learn what we’re up against. What are the talking points issued, what are the daily spins put on what little news they report? I can’t stand listening to the corporate media and it’s constant slant; but we have to know our enemy. NPR seems to be the heart and soul of the enemy worldview and society. We need to learn how to change hearts, show a different path to optimism and living a good life. Through Nationalism, not NPR/MSM’s Globalism.
Final thoughts. Whom NPR doesn’t reach and medicate, the mainstream media does. Too many are asleep in the Matrix. If this election doesn’t wake them, nothing will. It may be time to break away from them, somehow. I guess we’ll see in 17 days.
Make America Great Again! TRUMP 2016!