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
Another liberal goes slumming for a year and sees conservatives actually existing, but still doesn´t get it.
He still has it backward (FTA): it is not a good situation for the country to have the media in disrepute and under constant attack. (snip) Virtually every significant leader of this nation, from Jefferson on down, has recognized the critical role of an independent press to the orderly functioning of democracy. We should all be worried that more than 65 percent of voters think there is a lot of fake news in the mainstream media and that our major media institutions are seen as creating, not combatting, our growing partisan divide.
What he does NOT do is lay blame where it belongs. He blasts Trump for criticizing the media, and laments our poor opinion of his self-exalted colleagues.
The writer is the former CEO of NPR, an earnest blockhead if ever there was one.
If you spent your entire life in the NY/DC bubble , I supposed you would find it difficult to understand America, Kenny. We are so behind in this game-which YOU helped create and nourish-that it takes nothing less than a patriotic, strong, and confident leader like President Donald Trump to steer this ship before it hits the iceberg.
I would have enjoyed Stern´s eye-opening experience if he had not limited his meet-ups to the rural areas of our land. There are very nice, very normal, mostly conservative folks in the towns and cities of fly-over country, too. Maybe next time, Ken?
Doesn´t the title of his book say it all, about his core beliefs that is, ..."to love the right". I assume he means flipping from hating the right to something else. Is he sincere? Not sure one is able to overcome the deep steepening in Leftist Liberal Progressive Demonrat bubble ideology.
Also agree with other L-dotters, it is the press that has worked hard to distance itself from truth and honest reporting. We have not had an Independent and Free Press for decades.
Of course he waits until he´s retired to see what the ´other side´ is all about. He´d never risk being ostracized by his fellow travelers if he tried this while still working for NPR. They´d turn on him faster than Hollywood turned on ole Harvey
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nota bene, 10/22/2017 9:21:29 AM (No. 11425775)
Considering the context--coming from the former head of NPR--amazing and, on balance, a welcome and refreshing contribution to the national "dialogue", such as it is. That said, I too cringed at the all too familiar and obligatory knock at President Trump, but I wasn´t surprised, and it is indeed disappointing to see that despite his extensive embedded "research" Mr. Stern somehow failed to catch a glimmer of what President Trump´s victory in the recent election, and the resilience of his support, is all about. I wonder when Mr. Stern will be invited to appear on NPR to flog his new book (don´t hold your breath).
Ok, I agree with all above - it´s a good article but he falls far short of connecting the dots to what the actual problem is. Why it is we hate the press so very much. We need a lot more reporters to have some intellectual curiosity to investigate the divide in this country. This was my favorite part (which he found on Reddit):
At one point during my research, I discovered a video of a would-be robber entering a Houston smoke shop, his purpose conveyed by the pistol that he leveled at the store clerk. But the robber was not the only armed person in the store. The security cameras show Raleigh, the store clerk, walking out from behind the counter, calmly raising his own gun and firing an accurate stream of bullets at the hapless robber. The wounded robber stumbles out, falls over the curb and eventually ends up under arrest.It is not just the defensive gun use that makes the video remarkable — it is Raleigh himself who evidences such a nonchalance that he never bothers to put down the cigarette that he is smoking. At the end, Raleigh, having protected his store, enthuses “Castle Doctrine, baby” — citing a law that allows a person to use force to defend a legally occupied place.
I have always said the problem with the liberal press is they only talk and communicate with other libs. To graduate from ANY school of journalism you have to be far left wing. A conservative would get failing grades and be run out. This is true even in the state schools in the south like Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. From the age of 18, journalist are only eating with, drinking with, and socializing with other left wing zealots. The day after Carter lost in the biggest landslide in POUS elections, I was he’d a liberal panel say, “I can’t believe Regan won, I have not talked to a single person that was going to vote for him”. All the other panelist agreed with him.
It is a good article. Stern takes the pulse of an America he never before acknowledged. He´s no Selena Zito, but it´s nice to see a former NPR CEO touch base with people. Not that his successors would ever do likewise.
Flaming Liberal decides he may not be fully informed that there are other people who do not think exactly like he does. He goes on a roughing expedition, deep into the jungle of conservatism. NASCAR- OMG! Evangelicals? What an explorer! The revelation: "They are people, too! Not hedonistic animals like I have heard all my life!" They even understand English! OMG! The are worried about illegal immigration the same as us! They want to protect and nurture them, the same as us!
Conclusion: These people are not hard core heathen neo-Nazis! They are really liberals who have just not been properly indoctrinated! With the right brain washing, we could make them tolerable to us and then together we could destroy Trump!
For decades now, we have complained about bias in the media and the media vehemently DENIED it. They did NOTHING of substance to investigate themselves therefore found no problems and applied no fixes. They are adamantly happy being just as they are.
Congratulations to Stern for his personal journey of discovery. Too bad he couldn´t be bothered to do it while he was in a position of authority to make use of what he learned if he dared to.
Instead, he now STILL blames the Right and Trump for being fed up with the media and taking STRONG steps to attack them.
If you had a person in your neighborhood that you suspected was abusing women and you spoke to those in authority and even to the suspect to mend his ways but nothing happened. After a while (decades?) wouldn´t you take STRONG action to stop this person? Would you care about people who defend him and said he was "sick" and deserved sympathy and not public exposure and jail? Or would you say, we gave him a chance to straighten out and ask his supporters "Where were YOU when we were trying to do this the "nice" way?".
The media has proven itself intractable and wedded itself to the Left. It is beyond biased. It is perpetrating the agenda of the Left. If they cannot stand outside their bias, they have no business in their job and bring NO value to the Country.
If there is a loss to the Country of a free press, it has been brought about by the press itself who massively abused the responsibility they were entrusted with. Besides that, there are plenty of truly free press sources available, just not glued to the Left.
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