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NPR ignores downsides of international migration and remittances (Ashley Westerman, International Center for Journalists, U.N.) - 10/02/13

Ashley Westerman of NPR offers "World Immigration Called 'Win-Win' For Rich Nations, And Poor" [1]. The story was sponsored by the International Center for Journalists [2]. The ICJ isn't getting their money's worth as far as journalism is concerned, but they are getting it from the propaganda standpoint (bolding added): The number of people who leave their countries to work abroad is soaring,...

If you think NPR Tell Me More is real journalism, see this. (illegal immigration propaganda, Michel Martin) - 12/12/11

If you think NPR's Tell Me More and host Michel Martin engage in real journalism, keep reading because I hope to change your mind. For years, the media have been printing very similar stories designed to tug at peoples' heartstrings to promote an anti-American bill called the DREAM Act (see that link). These stories - appearing in news outlets from coast to coast - differ from one another in...

Questions for Michel Martin: Tell Me More about your illegal immigration propaganda - 12/10/11

NPR has been on a pro-illegal immigration kick lately, and one recent example is the completely absurd "Illegal Farm Worker Becomes Brain Surgeon" [1] from Michel Martin's "Tell Me More" show. The problem with the story isn't the brain surgeon's compelling personal tale, it's that NPR is engaged in obvious propaganda rather than anything remotely approaching journalism. NPR is no better than...

Tea Party Patriots admit immigration "isn't an issue for us" (Mark Meckler) - 07/12/11

... that. --------------- [1] NRR: npr.org/2011/07/12/137772212/the-tequila-party-hopes-to-stir-latino-voters This is yet another article featuring the thoughts of DeeDee Garcia Blase, the one-woman press release factory behind the "Tequila Party" and "Somos Republicans". Neither group appear to have many members, but because her positions are very mainstream media-friendly she's continually able to...

The Teaparty-ification of NPR (James O'Keefe, cheap stunts, distraction) - 03/09/11

The president and CEO of NPR - Vivian Schiller - was fired by their board today (link). That follows James OKeefe of ACORN fame catching one of her former underlings on hidden camera saying embarrassing things. A few notes: 1. The attempt to defund NPR is to a great extent just "boob bait for Bubba" since they only receive a relatively tiny amount of money from the federal government. However, to...

Juan Williams fired by NPR, and his supporters won't be able to do anything about it - 10/21/10

... commentator Juan Williams was fired by NPR yesterday for making what should be non-controversial remarks about Muslims and terrorism on the Bill OReilly show; a transcript is at [1]. Williams' comments were too much for NPR (link) who'd previously warned him about his appearances on Fox News. Now, tasting blood, groups like Media Matters for America are going after NPR's Mara Liasson for her...

Tom Ashbrook of NPR /WBUR helps Mike Huckabee spout anti-American policy ("On Point Radio") - 08/11/10

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee appeared on the "On Point Radio" show (link) and promoted policy that's not just anti-American, but that would harm other countries as well. And, the host of that show - Tom Ashbrook didn't say a word about it. A real reporter would have called Huckabee on his anti-American policies; Ashbrook just let him give a speech. First, here's what Huckabee said,...

Ted Robbins of NPR lies about Arizona immigration bill - 04/24/10

Ted Robbins of NPR offers "Immigration Bill Puts Civil Rights Defenders On Alert" (npr.org/templates/story/story.php?f=1015&ft=1&storyId=126241841). He lies and misleads about the provisions of the recently-signed Arizona immigration bill: Local police and sheriff's deputies are required to stop anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally. Whoever they stop must produce ID...

NPR described Obama as "Kenyan-born", then later posts correction - 04/09/10

... blurb for the October 9, 2008 NPR story "Trial and Triumph: Stories Out Of Africa" (introduced by Michel Martin, npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95550177) included the following (bolding added): "[West African correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton] describes the stories that have been exciting, including the U.S. presidential race of Kenyan-born Sen. Barack Obama." Just recently, they've...

Ron Paul was right: Federal Reserve had involvement in Watergate, money sent to Saddam Hussein (Ben Bernanke) - 02/25/10

... Journal blogs.wsj.com/economics/2010/02/24/ ron-paul-on-watergate-saddam-hussein-and-the-federal-reserve/ * NPR npr.org/blogs/money/2010/02/ ron_paul_ben_bernanke_and_wate.html * Heather Horn of The Atlantic theatlanticwire.com/opinions/view/opinion/ Happy-Hour-Vid-Ron-Paul-Sees-Feds-Hand-in-Watergate-Saddam-Hussein-2641 * Elizabeth MacDonald of Fox News' business channel: emac.blogs.foxbusiness...

Politifact "Lie of the Year" misleads (Angie Drobnic Holan; Sarah Palin's "death panels") - 12/19/09

... choices was first revealed on the NPR program "the two-way", write-up by Mark Memmott here.

Census Bureau compiling everyone's GPS coordinates - 05/04/09

... actually true. Let's turn to this NPR report from July 31, 2006 (link): Two-and-a-half years from now, in early 2009, the Census Bureau plans to send an army of 100,000 temporary workers down every street and dusty, dirt road in America. They will be armed with handheld GPS devices. Robert LaMacchia, head of the Census Bureau's geography division, says they'll capture the latitude and longitude...

Mexican immigrant wins Purpose Prize: $100,000 for illegal alien scholarships - 12/06/08

... of judges. And, even better, NPR offers a heartwarming report on it here: Catalino Tapia crossed the border from Mexico into the United States 40 years ago with a sixth-grade education and only $6 in his pocket. He became a legal resident.. The Gardeners Foundation also does not ask if a student is documented. Four out of its nine scholarship recipients are undocumented. The foundation nearly...

NPR's "Tell Me More" spreads disinformation on hate crime statistics - 11/12/08

NPR's "Tell Me More" show offers the misleading "Latinos Increasingly Targeted For Hate Crimes" (link): The FBI reports that hate crimes against Latinos rose almost 40 percent between 2003 and 2006, and Hispanic activists say they are being targeted with threats and intimidation. Tony Asion, of El Pueblo, a Latino advocacy group, is joined by Kevin Johnson, of the University of California-Davis...

Justin Rood/ABC News misleads about Sarah Palin divestment from Sudan - 10/03/08

... the liar. * Martin Kaste of NPR fails to point out that she later supported divestment: npr.org/blogs/politics/2008/10/palins_budget.html * Americablog does the same: americablog.com/2008/10/sarah-palins-18-lies-tonight.html That same list was posted by Lowell (raisingkaine.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=16416), this site (yestodemocracy.com/yes_to_democracy_no_to_pu/2008/10/sarah-palins-18.html...

Washington Post: America's finest source for bad reporting (Palin "slashed" funds story) - 09/02/08

... wrong: yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archives/2008/09/palin_and_special_needs_children.php UPDATE 4: NPR also fell for the WaPo's tale, but at least they printed a correction: npr.org/blogs/politics/2008/09/lineitem_irony.html UPDATE 5: Somewhat surprisingly, ThinkProgress offered somewhat of a correction, noting in an update to their post that the executive director of the non-profit disagreed...

Paul Kane/WaPo's reporting skills are on par with DailyKos (Sarah Palin veto) - 09/02/08

... by about 50%). UPDATE 5: Even NPR - NPR! - corrected their pile-on of the story (link): After Brian, one of our astute readers, questioned the veracity of this article, we did some additional digging. It turns out the Washington Post got this one wrong. We called the Covenant House Alaska and, according to Executive Director Deirdre Cronin, the program's operating budget was not in fact...

NPR: Get My Vote (National Public Radio, Cecilia Munoz, NCLR) - 03/13/08

National Public Radio (NPR) has launched a new site called "Get My Vote" (getmyvote.npr.org), at which they solicit commentaries from their listeners describing what presidential candidates have to do to get their vote. Visitors can submit commentaries in video, audio, or text form. Think of it as a Volvo-driving version of the Youtube/CNN debates, although without any debates. They don't say...

ACLU, Leslie Berestein, Amy Isackson defending looters because they're illegal aliens - 10/26/07

... crystal clear: Amy Isackson of NPR/KPBS, Leslie Berestein of the San Diego Union-Tribune, and the ACLU will reflexively support illegal aliens and try to prevent them from being deported. And, they'll ignore the fact that they've been charged with stealing supplies from fire victims. First, here's Berestein with "Border Patrol presence at stadium causes anxiety" (link): The apprehension and...

Illegal aliens steal evacuee supplies; NPR's Amy Isackson promotes serf labor - 10/25/07

... victims. Meanwhile, Amy Isackson of NPR puts the pseudo-humanitarian, crypto-corporatist spin on a related issue in "Fires Highlight Safety Needs of Migrant Workers": Jesus Gomez from Oaxaca was at his job at a nursery in San Diego's North County when the Witch fire roared in from the east. His crew kept working while wind whipped smoke and ash in their eyes... "They gave us masks, but still,...

Douglas McGray's uniquely anti-American DREAM - 09/19/07

... offered an "This American Life" (NPR/Chicago Public Radio) segment "Just One Thing Missing" (newamerica.net/publications/articles/2007/this_american_life_5124). You know what's coming! Martha doesn't like to talk about her future anymore. She'd wanted to go to med school, become an OB-gyn... Etc., etc. No word on whether she also wants to join the NSA.

Dueling over a scar - 02/09/05

... plan in "Supersized Highways". NPR has an interview with a Dallas Morning News reporter about it here. Previous coverage is here. Especially see the links in the first comment, such as to CorridorWatch.