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I just realized that NPR’s long-running “Prairie Home Companion” was about a small town in Minnesota and — guess what??? — small towns in Minnesota are almost all white!

If that’s not white supremacy, I don’t know what is.

Also, the “Car Talk” brothers were Italians from Boston, and, if I’m not mistaken, most Boston Italian brothers are white.

The NPR White Supremacy Crisis is deepening as its Employees of Color get even more lucrative offers from other outlets. From the New York Times:

Audie Cornish, host of ‘All Things Considered,’ is leaving NPR.

By Katie Robertson
Jan. 5, 2022

Audie Cornish, a host of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” is leaving her job, becoming the latest prominent person of color to leave the public broadcaster.

Ms. Cornish announced her departure on Twitter on Tuesday, saying she was “joining many of you in ‘The Great Resignation’” and adding that she was “ready to stretch my wings and try something new.” …

“I look forward to new opportunities and new ways to tell stories and to keep finding ways to make space and center the voices of those who have been traditionally left out,” Ms. Cornish wrote on Twitter.

Her decision to leave her job comes after the recent exits of other prominent NPR hosts of color, including the host Noel King, who went to Vox Media, and Lulu Garcia-Navarro, who joined The New York Times.

Ari Shapiro, Ms. Cornish’s co-host on “All Things Considered,” said in a tweet on Tuesday that he was on vacation and not available for comment. He added that he would refer any journalists to NPR’s communications department for comment “on why we’re hemorrhaging hosts from marginalized backgrounds.”

“If NPR doesn’t see this as a crisis,” Mr. Shapiro said in a tweet, “I don’t know what it’ll take.”

 
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  1. AceDeuce says:

    Ms. Cornish announced her departure on Twitter on Tuesday, saying she was “joining many of you in ‘The Great Resignation’” and adding that she was “ready to stretch my wings and try something new.”

    WTF is “stretching” ones wings?. Wouldn’t it be “Spread”?

    “I look forward to new opportunities and new ways to tell stories and to keep finding ways to make space and center the voices of those who have been traditionally left out,” Ms. Cornish wrote on Twitter.

    Finally! someone’s going to address the serious lack of media representation of negroes and their hitherto silent and unheard voices in modern America.

  2. Mr. Anon says:

    “I look forward to new opportunities and new ways to tell stories and to keep finding ways to make space and center the voices of those who have been traditionally left out,” Ms. Cornish wrote on Twitter.

    At least she’s honest about what journalists do for a living – tell stories, not tell the truth.

    • Agree: bomag, Adam Smith
    • Replies: @guest007
  3. Crystal Marie Fleming
    @alwaystheself

    alwaystheself = She yells, “Fatwa!”

    But, hey, in these instances, it is always the self.

    • LOL: Bardon Kaldian
  4. Radio is color-blind, and everyone knows that “not seeing color” is the ultimate expression of White Supremacy. For shame, NPR. For shame.

    Maybe if NPR hosts read the news in flamboyant ghetto-black patois, they can be permitted to continue using the airwaves.

  5. Rob says:

    If I had to bet, I would bet that NPR does not pay well compared to other national media. It especially does not pay well compared to its most analogous competitor, nationally syndicated talk radio.

    NPR’s talkers are likely hurt in the salary competition by having faces for radio. The non-whites also do not sound non-white. They have white diction and accents. Not a “whatchoo talkin’ ‘bout, Willis?” among them. Being non-threatening non-whites who adopted white liberal (i mean, progressive) culture is their selling point. I assumed x x-Navaro was a boring, generic white chick with an upper-crust white Hispanic husband. Meaning, actually white, not a pardo who shot a negro Anglo. Had no idea she was an actual name-brand non-white. I would have listened to her, had I known I was being racist by just having her on for background noise.

    [MORE]

    Post-FloydFest, non-whites who sound like white liberals are in high demand outside the NPR bubble. I think most non-whites are neither attractive nor ugly. They just are not on the gorgeous-ugly axis that people occupy. They are somewhere else in three — or more — dimensional facial space. For example, I don’t think black women are ugly, exactly. I don’t instinctively recoil when I see them. They just look black. Only when they reach mulatta levels of white admixture do I find them either pretty or ugly. For those of you keeping score, first-generation mixes are often very attractive, but mixes that are blacker than that or offspring of mulatto-mulatta pairings are usually ugly. I cannot be the only one who feels this way, though probably outside the Sailersphere no one will admit to it. While that must be hard on non-whites who want to level up their genomes in the next generation, it probably helps radio non-whites segue into other media.

    How has the fractured media landscape treated media folk, anyway? There are a lot of podcasters and YouTube “personalities” and “influencers” these days. Do they make a living? Say middle of the middle class or higher? Does “influencing” pay the bills or is it something that rich girls pretend to do? I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a dude described as an “influencer.” Are chick influencers The View for women under 50-something? Maybe dude-fluencers are described as YouTube personalities or niche celebrities?

    I am so out of touch! Wait! Is Steve an influencer? Steve, have you considered getting brands to pay you to talk up a competitor’s product? No company wants to be associated with as bad of a BadWhite as you, right?

  6. Altai says:

    Her decision to leave her job comes after the recent exits of other prominent NPR hosts of color, including the host Noel King, who went to Vox Media, and Lulu Garcia-Navarro, who joined The New York Times.

    Ms Garcia-Navarro is so white she dyes her hair blonde. She is in fact the very product of white supremacy.

    Ultimately this is more a class issue than anything else and despite other groups having much proportions of middle and upper middle class people, whites are still the vast vast majority of potential NPR listeners. So the whole furor about diversity being essential or NPR will die is nonsense.

    The continued alienation of NPR from the bulk of the population on class terms, is, of course, ignored. Car Talk was notable for being the exception that proved the rule and defying every NPR stereotypes.

  7. Whites=POQ’s. People of Quality. Or something similar. We can easily make up our own narrative in a world full of dodgy ideas. Western myths are mostly achievable, like nationalism or the invention of flying machines, space travel. Been there, done that, without asking the permission of others to exist.

    • Agree: Redneck farmer
  8. @Hypnotoad666

    NPR= National Pigdin Radio

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  9. @Altai

    “Car Talk” was about keeping upper middle class car owners safe from the predation of undermenschen auto mechanics.

    • Agree: Peter Akuleyev
    • Replies: @JMcG
  10. @Altai

    Ms Garcia-Navarro ?
    Or tranny Garcia-Navarro ….

    • Replies: @James J O'Meara
  11. The biggest thing NPR has going for it is the soothing, relaxing voices. They are good enough to lull one into complacency even as said voice is talking a bunch of Commie bullshit. Black people are just too damn loud to work for NPR! Even the lefties would turn it off. Well, it would still make money though, cause, taxpayers.

    I had a roommate who’d listen to NPR 30 years ago. From the post “All Things Considered”, it’s been a long road to Peak Stupidity, the left side is whom I imagined Nina Totenberg to be, but I found out years later that the right side is Nina Totenberg. #UnAroused!

    • LOL: Escher
  12. notsaying says:

    If you are on NPR, you as an individual are not marginalized. You are the opposite of marginalized. That your own colleagues in the same position do not realize that is beyond belief.

    That Shapiro want minorities to stay with him at NPR instead of getting better jobs in the private sector for more money is crazy. What happens next is that NPR hires more minorities to replace the ones they have lost, giving more people a chance to move up and out later. That is how success works.

    I guess if NPR does some extra fundraising they could make counteroffers to the people who are leaving and some might stay. Let the listeners put their money where their mouth is if they want this to happen.

    • Replies: @Redman
    , @Prof. Woland
  13. @Rob

    “The non-whites also do not sound non-white. “

    I have listened to Audie Cornish before, and I had no idea she wasn’t White until now.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
    • Replies: @Hunsdon
    , @vhrm
  14. NPR = National Pravda Radio. NPR is a propaganda arm for the Democrats.

    https://counter-currents.com/2021/12/dont-ask-dr-science/

    • Replies: @Hunsdon
    , @Peter Akuleyev
  15. If the current (seemingly universal) corporate drive towards demonstrating diversity by trying to hire blacks in unrealistic proportions continues apace, salaries for black employees will get bid up to levels above those for whites, since there is a very limited supply of even marginally qualified and somewhat-less-than-qualified candidates. The demand is great, and the supply just isn’t there.

    Of course, we’ll never find out that their salaries have become greater than that of whites in equivalent jobs, since disclosure of compensation is the strongest taboo in American culture.

    So, blacks will go on pretending that they are at a disadvantage by pointing to percentages in the workforce, rather than compensation.

  16. Anon[215] • Disclaimer says:

    Will we see all the mainstream radio talent going to podcasting and, like Substack vs. print media, start to displace and outperform their former employers?

    This kind of privatization into new platforms that can monetize new, small operations are similar to the way that parents just up and abandoned public schools. The institutions are becoming shitholes, so they are being surrendered.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  17. watson79 says:

    NPR’s zenith was reached years ago when Terri Gross interviewed Gene Simmons.. All downhill since then.

  18. Arclight says:

    I would be interested to see the demographics on NPR’s audience. I would guess it is substantially whiter than the population as a whole.

    As others have noted, departures of precious POCs probably has to do with pay. NPR is relentlessly progressive and PC so the atmosphere is probably as slobbering pro-minority as any media workplace, but places like Vox that have tons of money can poach whatever talent they feel like.

  19. Mike Tre says:

    “The problem at NPR is white supremacy. That so few are saying this explicitly is telling, indeed.”

    It tells us that not as people are as bat-shit crazy as this negress saying so.

  20. Mike Tre says:
    @Arclight

    “I would be interested to see the demographics on NPR’s audience. I would guess it is substantially whiter than the population as a whole.”

    Ask a large sample of blacks if they listen to NPR and most of them will think it’s a new rap group, like “Nwords* Playin Rollin”

    *Censoring myself out of concern for Steve flushing the more keepin-it-real version of that word.

  21. FozzieT says:

    So, (((Ari Shapiro))) thinks NPR is too white. Hmmmm. Early Life checks out.

  22. bigduke6 says:

    Blacks must be even more overrepresented in NPR “news” features than they are amongst violent crime offenders. The ratio on NPR is probably 13/60. An average NPR feature is something like “More and more companies are opening their offices back up and moving from remote to in-person work. Next: how that affects black women in particular”. They worship blacks but it can never be enough for ethno-narcissists.

  23. @PiltdownMan

    Meanwhile, down at your local hospital, we have these guys.

    https://whitecoats4blacklives.org/

    It is clearly time for separate and as equal as they can scratch together.

  24. bomag says:
    @Rob

    The non-whites also do not sound non-white.

    This.

    I wonder how it plays out in their head:

    I’m so cool; from my vast reservoir of talent I can do White so good that I’ve been hired over other Whites.

    or:

    I’m an abject sellout, only getting ahead by mimicking the evil ones.

    NPR has completely toed the Progressive line; it seems half or better of their stories are about a minority group struggling against White privilege; racism; blah blah blah. I wonder what more the critics were expecting.

  25. Anon[358] • Disclaimer says:

    My wife is a long time listener so I often hear NPR but I did not know audie cornish was black. But going back years ago even before ethnicity became as important to NPR as it is now, I used to mock and super accentuate how NPR talkers would accentuate the ethnicity of their last names

    Maria In a Hos a
    Sylvia Pa jol i

    • Replies: @James J O'Meara
  26. LP5 says:

    I would be interested to see the demographics on NPR’s audience.

    Invoke Truth-in-Broadcasting* to find out the real demographics on the demand side and on the supply side.

    *Yeah, I know the chances, and slim** left town.
    **My bad, that was sizeist.

  27. Michelle says:

    People of Color have their own media, which they prefer to NPR. One of my Black coworkers once told me, in regards to NPR, “I don’t know how you can listen to that shit! I listened to that shit for about 10 minutes and I was done”! She loved to listen to the morning radio shows hosted by Black people for Black people. The rest of the time, she listened to old R&B music. Only Boujee POC’s listen to NPR.

    • Thanks: Muggles
  28. Richard B says:
    @AceDeuce

    Wouldn’t it be “Spread”?

    Yes it would.

    And in her case spreading her wings = spreading cultural impoverishment.

    By the way, where exactly are they going? The only people who listen to them are the two branches of The KKK.* They’re not exactly thinking this through. Then again, no surprise there. Hence the cultural impoverishment.

    *The Ku Klux Karens and The Kvetching Kosher Khazars

  29. @AceDeuce

    “the voices of those who have been traditionally left out…” Such as… bLacks? The group that is about 500% over-represented in news articles, advertising, national holidays, etc?

    • Replies: @AceDeuce
  30. Escher says:

    NPR is the epitome of affirmative action, where taxpayers are subsidizing their shows and broadcasts whether they want to or not.

  31. I would love to see White Liberals socially…culturally…and economically liquidated by blacks and post-1965 nonwhites…..oh what joy!!!!!!

  32. Kronos says:

    Apparently, NPR movie reviewers didn’t last too long in the position. Nobody could ever figure out why.

    • LOL: The Ringmaster
  33. Redman says:
    @notsaying

    I’m not sure typical market economics works with NPR. My wife bought an Alexa several years ago. If you ask it (her?) to “play news” it (she?) plays a taped NPR reel.

    It’s a bit like CNN playing in every US airport. A captive audience and skewed market share numbers I’m guessing.

  34. Wilkey says:

    List of current or recent NPR hosts that come to mind: Ari Shapiro, Ira Glass, Ira Flatow, Michael Feldman, Peter Sagal.

    Golly, there’s something they all have in common, but I just can’t put my finger on it.

    I’m sure NPR has some sort of supremacy problem, but I wouldn’t exactly describe it as white supremacy.

    • Agree: pyrrhus
    • Replies: @Known Fact
    , @JimDandy
    , @Jack D
  35. NPR really does typically sound like well-bred white people murmuring politely to each other in a library, even when they’re berating Donald Literally Hitler Trump. But there’s really more diversity than meets the ear:

    https://www.ranker.com/list/npr-names/amber-hubert

    I’ve always liked Lakshmi Singh –but how did she end up hosting Latino USA?

  36. @Hypnotoad666

    One NPR host whose delivery made it obvious he was black is Glynn Washington, who does the “Snap Judgment” show. I found him a little grating. I stopped listening to NPR in 2015 so I can’t speak for what’s happened there lately.

    • Replies: @Prof. Woland
  37. @AceDeuce

    adding that she was “ready to stretch my wings and try something new.”

    WTF is “stretching” ones wings?. Wouldn’t it be “Spread”?

    Not if you are a bat or demon.

    Or illiterate.

    • LOL: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @36 ulster
  38. I don’t care if he did work for NPR, Corey Flintoff was the best newsreader ever

    • Replies: @Walker88
  39. Jack D says:
    @Altai

    This is the wonderful thing about being “of color”. You don’t actually have to be black or brown.

    Fundamentally radio, especially high brow news programming such as found on NPR, is a “white” medium. If you listen to radio in Africa, there is lots of music programming and football matches and political programming which consists of loud and passionate praise of the ruling Big Man but Africans are not going to sit around and listen to talking heads dispassionately discussing political affairs in calm soothing tones – that’s just not their style. African don’t go in for objectivity, even fake objectivity.

    Now there are a lot of journalism graduates who would love to get on NPR – the pay is not super high but it’s prestigious (and could lead to higher pay later on). Almost everyone with the IQ to intelligently (albeit from a Leftist perspective) discuss current events is at least partially of European blood. So one of the few ways to get a leg up over the competition (you could also pretend to be gay) is to claim “of color” status. This is true not just at NPR but also in the academic world (see Liz Warren) and increasingly in the corporate world as well. We have elite overproduction and so elites will use any advantage that they can to scramble to the top of the pile.

    • Replies: @JMcG
  40. Once, while driving back from Bucks County, Pa., my wife and I found an NPR sister station with a strong signal. Hate to lose a station when you are just getting some info, or mis-info. Best call-in ever…” I listen to your show every Saturday and your show would be better if it wasn’t always your opinion and three guests that agree with you. Thank you. Good bye.” Sums up my feelings for NPR too. However, once my wife and I listened to an NPR radio doc about the Amish, their life style and their different sects. That was fascinating. However, they never interviewed any Amish. Sounds about right for NPR.

    • Thanks: SafeNow
  41. @PiltdownMan

    Why do you assume this has not already happened?

    • Agree: PiltdownMan, Adam Smith
    • Replies: @International Jew
  42. @Wilkey

    They also seem to have an overcrowded ferryload of Indian women (not to mention Asian-Americans) — Is Jewish male/Indian female some kind of love match? Good chemistry in the locker room?

  43. Batman says:

    NPR and PBS had a deep bench of ethnic-accented persons of color because they were the wokest the earliest. They threw affirmative action jobs at any non-white, no matter how hilariously unqualified. For example, Yamiche Alcindor, the woman with a face for radio and a brain for manual labor, was affirmative action plopped into the White House press corps to talk jive smack to Trump. It is impossible to justify that appointment without assuming affirmative action, which is hilarious because she is not ADOS (parents are immigrants from Haiti).

    Now, the rest of the MSM has caught up to the hiring philosophy of qualifications matter less than skin color and are poaching the talent.

  44. @Achmed E. Newman

    Ach, too funny. Years ago the NFL produced some TV games with no announcers or color men. Funniest comment I heard was next they would add sound, but no picture, and claim they had invented radio. At age 75 radio played a big part in my life while growing up. We listened to news and weather and sports, never cared who owned the voice. In Buffalo the two biggest radio stations were owned and operated by the two rival daily newspapers. There was a noticeable slant in their reporting. When some of the radio hosts switched to TV we were amazed at how the face did not match the voice, at least as I had imagined. Stay safe buddy.

    • Replies: @Etruscan Film Star
  45. fits with my long standing thesis that the whites who are most sympathetic and charitable to blacks will be their first victims.

  46. nebulafox says:

    NYC’s mayor wants to appoint his brother as deputy police commissioner. Reasoning? He feels his security is in danger given “an increase in white supremacy and hate crime.”

    What happens when you can no longer parody things because you live in a parody?

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
  47. JimDandy says:
    @Wilkey

    Well, the small town Scandinavian and the big city Italians are long gone. Are there any prominent gentile personalities on NPR? I wouldn’t know. Haven’t listened in at least a decade. Even hearing just a few syllables of those NPR voices is enough to make my stomach curdle.

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
  48. @Achmed E. Newman

    Personally I’d imagine Nina Totenberg as walking around in a peaked cap and sexy jackboots.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  49. JMcG says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    They’re likely jealous of the BBC. It seems the announcers there are all Nigerian, Indian, or Arab. At least that was the case when last I listened to the Beeb, probably fifteen years ago.

  50. @Kronos

    Talk about something you wouldn’t be allowed to put on film anymore…

    We recently watched the Wayans brothers’ “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking your Juice in the Hood” (1996). Amazing it was still on Amazon Prime. It makes a Stepin Fetchit film look like “Hidden Figures.” Too much ghetto reality even for me.

    On the old “Tough Crowd” show, Nick DiPaolo set up a card table in Harlem and tried to get blacks to sign a peace treaty with whites. One of the provisions was that we would offer 200 trust funds if blacks would agree to stop bringing screaming kids to midnight movies. Another time, DiPaola said as he was walking through Times Square he saw a white guy with a black dot in the middle of his forehead. He thought he must have asked a black person to stop talking during a movie, but then remembered it was Ash Wednesday.

    “Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn: Nick Goes To Harlem” on YouTube.

    • Replies: @Sick 'n Tired
  51. JMcG says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    There should be a standard unit of measurement that describes the difference between the mental image one gets of a person from listening to them on the radio, and the actual appearance of said person. My nominee for the standard bearer? Terry Gross. https://www.bing.com/fd/ls/GLinkPing.aspx?IG=9391C60F7BE94C4E8AC506573D7DF6B4&&ID=SERP,5380.1&SUIH=5ZGIRenVbCLw0qbVksjmHA&redir=L2ltYWdlcy9zZWFyY2g_Rk9STT1JQVJSVEgmcT10ZXJyeStncm9zcyZzdGlkPTM2YTg3Mjc4LWIyMjItMDU4NC04NDVlLTgxNmY0ZDAyYTcxOCZjYm49RW50aXR5QW5zd2VyJlBDPUFQUEw

    • Replies: @Brutusale
  52. pyrrhus says:
    @Altai

    I’m sure Garcia-Navarro had lots of slave ancestors…or were they Native Americans?

  53. Canute says:

    When our first Jewish President – LBJ, created the CPB, he placed Frank Mankowicz in charge of NPR. It has never been out of the control of Jewish producers and broadcasters since that time. NPR is essentially Radio Israel, paid for by the US taxpayer.

  54. JMcG says:
    @Jack D

    Didn’t you say that the CEO of your local NPR affiliate was making a million a year? Hard to believe a progressive organization would have a vast difference in pay between the bosses and the help.

  55. Audie Cornish does have a good voice for radio.

    I used to wonder if she might be Black. Apparently so.

  56. guest007 says:
    @Mr. Anon

    Intentionally misunderstanding someone is no way to look clever.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  57. @Kronos

    Actually, I found these movie reviewers to be effervescent and refreshing:

    • Thanks: Kronos
  58. ATBOTL says:

    Ari Shapiro, Ms. Cornish’s co-host on “All Things Considered,”

    White nationalists have been calling NPR “National Yiddish Radio,” since around 20 years ago, when NPR kept running commercials for some “history of yiddish radio” special, bragging that it was “the most expensive special project in NPR history.”

    NPR is just jews.

  59. As I noted in reply to your Twitter post on this topic: not only was the Lake Wobegon of Prairie Home Companion unapologetically devoid of blacks, but the tag line of the news report on the program boasted that in this town, “all the children are above average.”

    I know a dog whistle when I hear one.

  60. The Republicans do NOTHING about abolishing:

    • bandwidth set asides for Left Wing broadcasting,
    • NEA, NEH
    • anything.

    In the ’80s congressional GOPs made NEA (then budgeted at \$175M; about what it is now) into a political issue. Local members came out to defend the bureaucracy. ” I’m a Republican and I support it!” Well, if you put it that way ..

    Keep voting for those Republicans. They’ll get around to delivering us small government in AD 2,466.

  61. countenance says: • Website

    NPR’s pay scales aren’t high enough in today’s ultra red hot market for magic negroes.

  62. I was once to the local NPR affiliate in Seattle. All the journalists were white educated women of a certain age.

    You can call that what you will.

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
    , @Muggles
  63. Jack D says:
    @Wilkey

    Here is a list of NPR personnel:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_NPR_personnel

    Based on the names, Jews are certainly not absent from NPR ranks, but neither do they dominate them (or at least no more than you would find at any elite institution in America today).

    I will never understand the Unzite Joo obsession. If the post is about blacks, talk about Joos. If the post is about a moon base, change the subject to the Joos. Not everything is about the Joos. In case you haven’t noticed, BLM is actually quite hostile to Jews, whom they (even if you don’t) consider to be another type of white oppressors and worse than most because they especially opress the brothers in Palestine.

    This “complicated” history of black anti-Semitism goes back to at least the 1950s and Malcolm-X if not further:

    https://www.npr.org/2021/06/07/1003872848/the-complicated-history-behind-blms-solidarity-with-the-pro-palestinian-movement

    If there was a white American group that had a comparable history of anti-Semitism, NPR would not hesitate to call it “deplorable” but in the case of blacks, as always, “it’s complicated”.

  64. @Harry Baldwin

    Nick is one of my favorites, his podcast is pretty funny as well, I think he puts out about 4 a week, riffing on stories in the news and politics.

  65. NPR will start hiring more POC, and their core audiences will begin to decline, as will the donations. The falling numbers will be blamed on competition with podcasts/Satellite radio, and not the real reason, that the listerners were turned off or couldn’t relate to the new, louder, more race specific shows.

  66. Jack D says:
    @Rob

    offspring of mulatto-mulatta pairings are usually ugly

    Can you give us some examples? I’ve never noticed this. Mulatto-mulatta pairings are genetic rolls of the dice where the offspring can be either more or less European looking than their parents and in the former case, since Europeans are the most attractive race due to sexual selection, the offspring can be better looking than the parents. The ones that favor their African ancestors, less so.

    • Replies: @Rob
  67. @notsaying

    One big reason nascent right wing movements and organizations have so much trouble getting off the ground is that they have been blackballed by the non-commercial public airwaves. Where is the right wing environmental, labor, or peace movements? Forget about white people or men’s issues. Basically what the left and other malevolent forces have done is strangle in the crib any inkling of said threats.

    What would a right environmental movement look like you ask? Basically immigration restriction. Same for labor. And a peace movement? Stop invading everybody and pull out of the Middle East. I could go on but you get my point. What is sold to us as racism is really just common sense.

    Trump was elected precisely because he talked about immigration, something which his opponents on the right could not do because they had to raise money so they could buy television advertisements. Using social media which also bypassed commercial media, he could delve into areas that were ripe for the ‘pickens’. Without the desperate need for funds he had a much freer hand to maneuver on all these fronts, something which the public has been waiting for.

    The irony is that the left has common cause with many of these objects but they do not have natural allies due to the retardation of such right wing organizations. They celebrate cancelling the right but whenever the US is getting ready to invade somewhere the far left vocally be protesting alone without right wing support but they are always too weak to stop anything. They have been allowed to survive not being deemed as the same threat as the right which is why we always only hear the sound of one hand clapping.

  68. @Jack D

    I will never understand the Unzite Joo obsession.

    Why?

    It is pretty simple:

    Over representation among those groups pushing policies that Unz commenters don’t like.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  69. I think every time a POC resigns from NPR, two white people should resign too, in solidarity.

    • Agree: AnotherDad
    • Replies: @Muggles
  70. @Almost Missouri

    Roland Fryer was Harvard’s highest-paid (non-medical-school) professor. Until he got me-too’d of course.

    Harvard’s highest-paid and lavishly honored economist, who was doing undergraduate-level (and I don’t mean Harvard undergraduate) work.

  71. Nico says:
    @Jack D

    BLM is actually quite hostile to Jews, whom they (even if you don’t) consider to be another type of white oppressors and worse than most because they especially opress the brothers in Palestine.

    Be that as it may, it doesn’t appear to have inverted the tendency for the great majority of U.S. Jewry to cast their lots with the Black Party, or for the large majority of those Jews with means and/or a platform (considerably higher proportionately than Gentiles) from harping on [mostly Gentile] whites about institutional “racism” or bankrolling such harping.

  72. The real question is why do shitlibs get a propaganda platform at the expense of taxpayers?

  73. Wilkey says:
    @Jack D

    I will never understand the Unzite Joo obsession.

    I’m not obsessed about “the Joos.” But if we’re going to keep being told that disparity is de facto proof of discrimination then we need to talk about Jews. I suspect that as most Jews are on the Left, that may be a conversation that will make them uncomfortable – as it should.

    Taking the call conversation about disparity to uncomfortable places is the only way we are going to win.

    • Agree: Mr. Anon
    • Replies: @Jack D
  74. Ari Shapiro, Ms. Cornish’s co-host on “All Things Considered,” said in a tweet on Tuesday that he was on vacation and not available for comment. He added that he would refer any journalists to NPR’s communications department for comment “on why we’re hemorrhaging hosts from marginalized backgrounds.”

    I honestly did not know NPR had any hosts from Pigsknuckle, Arkansas to lose.

    • Thanks: Muggles
  75. JimDandy says:
    @Jack D

    We are in agreement–you will never understand. I am reminded of one of Ron’s recent comments:

    I’m only very slightly familiar with Prof. Wax, but her remarks bring to mind something I mentioned in my long 2012 Meritocracy article:

    As a perfect example of such a situation, consider an amusing incident from the mid-1980s, when Asian groups first noticed a sharp decline in Asian admissions rates to Harvard and accused the university of having begun a quiet effort to restrict Asian numbers, criticism which was vigorously resisted by senior Harvard officials. During this period, Henry Rosovsky, Harvard’s Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (and later Acting President), referred to Asian American students as “no doubt the most over-represented group in the university.”[83] At that point, Harvard’s Asian students were enrolled at 300 percent of parity, while those of Rosovsky’s own ethnicity were probably at 900 percent or more of parity.[84]

    https://www.unz.com/runz/the-myth-of-american-meritocracy/#elite-colleges-look-neither-like-america-nor-like-americas-h

  76. most Boston Italian brothers are white

    Not if you ask non-Italians

    • Replies: @JimDandy
    , @Anon
  77. Rob says:
    @Jack D

    Can’t think of any famous ones, which might be a hint that I’m not the only one dispartial to them. I would imagine it’s a nearly impossible thing to find on Google Images, at least with those search terms.

    To be fair, I’ve only met two, but both were ugly, so I am going from quite a small sample size. I find lots of half-black girls very attractive. I guess when they stop looking like dilutions of black and start looking like dilutions of white, my opinion turns. Prolly cuz I racist in that I think different races have different means and standard deviations of various traits and do not hate white ones.

    Mix-mix mixes are less a blending of the two populations’ faces and more a grab bag of traits from both sides, leading to incongruities
    I do think there is something to (at least some) first-generation racial mixes having fewer homozygous recessive alleles than other people. The problem with that, though, is that you cannot breed very easily for it in the short run, as further crosses with the heterozygote mixes reroll the dice. It does work a bit, though, to reduce the number of homozygotes for both traits in later generations. Sort of the inverse of a bottleneck leading to a greater increase in homozygous people for some alleles even though the total fraction of disease alleles (over all genes) is no higher.

  78. Mr. Anon says:
    @Jack D

    In case you haven’t noticed, BLM is actually quite hostile to Jews, whom they (even if you don’t) consider to be another type of white oppressors and worse than most because they especially oppress the brothers in Palestine.

    They don’t seem so hostile to this person:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Rosenberg

    whose “Thousand Currents” organization raises and manages funds for BLM:

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/06/18/black-lives-matter-global-network-found-establishes-12-m-grant/3212637001/

  79. Mr. Anon says:
    @guest007

    Intentionally misunderstanding someone is no way to look clever.

    I’m not misunderstanding her. Journalists use that term: “story”. They use it quite unreflectively: “We’ll be following this story all night”. “Today’s top story”. “We have more information on a story we told you about yesterday”. Doesn’t the use of that term itself say something about the whole enterprise?

    • Replies: @guest007
  80. @Christopher Chantrill

    I was once to the local NPR affiliate in Seattle. All the journalists were white educated women of a certain age.

    You can call that what you will.

    Coven?

    • LOL: Mr. Anon, Dan Hayes
  81. JimDandy says:
    @ScarletNumber

    They were definitely diversity hires. Just a coupla workin’ class salt of the earth guinea car mechanics who graduated from MIT and went on to teach and get advanced degrees.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  82. @Altai

    Who the hell actually listens to NPR anyway?

    • Replies: @JimDandy
  83. If you like classical music, but hate NPR, check out http://www.theclassicalstation.org. Not associated with NPR.

    • Thanks: AceDeuce
    • Replies: @Etruscan Film Star
  84. @Harry Baldwin

    KPFA Pacifica is now almost Stalin like. They keep an absolute grip on the guests and topics and only have the most obsequious and groveling pro-black coverage. Not ironically, they have become more bland and mediocre as a result. The rapidly aging quiet generation / baby boomer hippies are fading away quickly and younger more ruthless poc are elbowing them out. Every minute of broadcasting is policed for political correctness and long gone are the days of free form radio when some quirky host could play whatever he wanted for an hour until the next weirdo came on the air. Even well into their decay they could still be interesting but now it is unlistenable.

    • Replies: @bomag
    , @JMcG
    , @Hypnotoad666
  85. Mr. Anon says:
    @Joe S.Walker

    Translating from Spanish and German, Nina Totenberg would be “Little Girl Death Mountain”.

    • Replies: @Ralph L
  86. @Bardon Kaldian

    The two basic fallback comments on Unz are:

    Asian men look like women and have small penises.
    Latin women look like men (lots of hair, prominent noses, firm jaws).

    Given that Asians and Latins are reproducing like rabbits (another Unz theme) and White folks are dying out, how’s those “big penises” and “beautiful women” working out for y’all?

    • Replies: @AceDeuce
  87. @Arclight

    Amazing how all the whining about “being seen” and “being heard” and “microaggressions” etc. vanishes when you waive a bigger paycheck at them.

  88. @Anon

    It’s part of the long-time public radio demand that Spanish names, and ONLY Spanish names, be pronounced “correctly”. I first noticed it when the Contras were a thing, and there were all these reports from/on Neeca-RAG-wah etc. Shows respect, and also that the reporter is smart, unlike Trump voters.

    Oddly contradicted now by the attempt to over-write Spanish with the LatinX nonsense.

    Paris, Berlin, Koln, etc. can get stuffed and enjoy their White privilege.

    BTW, I heard a podcast recently where some scholar observed that in England, one says “One Corinthians” etc. but in the USA it’s “First Corinthians.” Funny how no one pointed out how sophisticated Donald Trump was when he quoted “One Corinthians.”

  89. lavoisier says: • Website

    Couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of liberal hypocrites!!

  90. lavoisier says: • Website
    @Jack D

    If there was a white American group that had a comparable history of anti-Semitism, NPR would not hesitate to call it “deplorable” but in the case of blacks, as always, “it’s complicated”.

    Indeed. And that in a nutshell is the problem with Jews having monopolistic control of the media.

    If NPR was run by the Polish such idiocy would never be sanctioned let alone celebrated.

    The hate whitey obsession of far too many powerful Jews is causing major league problems for everyone.

  91. Jack D says:
    @Alice in Wonderland

    But it is both overinclusive and underinclusive – the are lots of Jews who don’t support those policies and lots of non-Jews that do. So why focus on Jews rather than on “people who are pushing policies that I don’t like”, regardless of their ethnic background?

    • Thanks: Johann Ricke
    • LOL: YetAnotherAnon
    • Troll: JimDandy
    • Replies: @Alice in Wonderland
  92. Jack D says:
    @Wilkey

    Do you really think that pointing out people’s hypocrisy is going to get them to change their ways? That’s not how human nature works. They are just going to hold you in contempt even more and discount whatever you have say more than they already do, to the extent that is even possible.

    Your statement that “disparity is de facto proof of discrimination” is only true in the case of majority groups, who are the only people capable of discrimination (according to the prevailing Leftist thinking).

    Therefore, having an NBA that is 75% black (as it actually is) or an NPR staff that is 20% Jewish (or whatever the % is) is NOT de facto proof of discrimination. It is in fact perfectly acceptable and 100% legal. When was the last time you heard about a lawsuit by white people demanding to be more represented in the NBA? What would happen to such a lawsuit if you filed one?

    Maybe this makes no sense to you and you think that discrimination law should be colorblind and that disparity law should cut both ways, but it doesn’t and the people in charge don’t think it should and your argument, as wonderfully logical and consistent as it is, would hold absolutely no water with them and they would consider you to be deplorable even for bringing it up.

  93. JimB says:
    @AceDeuce

    the voices of those who have been traditionally left out

    …usually have nothing to say. It’s kind of like condemned inmates in the execution chamber. You would think their last words would be imbued with deep insight, with their minds focused on the prospect of imminent demise and eternal nonexistence. Yet they utter pretty much the same maudlin banalities, or they remain silent.

  94. @JimDandy

    Even hearing just a few syllables of those NPR voices is enough to make my stomach curdle.

    but their voices are so soothing…..

    • LOL: Muggles
  95. @Anon

    Will we see all the mainstream radio talent going to podcasting and, like Substack

    How many of them actually have anything to say that people would be willing to pay for? I would assume most are content to parrot the narrative and collect a regular paycheck. None of that scary free-market competition for them.

    There seem to be way more podcasters than the market can support. How many can make a living from it? I doubt that the number is over 100, perhaps far fewer.

  96. Edmund says:

    I hear Richard Spencer is looking for a job.

  97. anon[291] • Disclaimer says:

    Lotta stuff on here about accent, so I’d like to share my recent pet peeve.

    Up here in Canada, the private CTV recently started to feature on prime-time, an East Indian whose accent is high-caste-raised-on-the-subcontinent-but-educated-at-Oxbridge.

    Now there have been thousands of educated Sikhs raised in Canada for many decades. Scores are no doubt in journalism; the Canadian-accented Ian Hanumansingh started with the public broadcaster a generation ago.

    Therefore this new guy is an insult even to ‘Indo-Canadians’: CTV literally wanted an East Indian who sounded foreign and superior even to them.

    Meanwhile, the Oxbridge accent, in any color, has been anathema to the BBC for at least a decade now.

    I predict NPR will be tying itself in knots soon to find non-whites who sound educated and colored at the same time. And aren’t looking to immediately ‘stretch their wings’ for better pay.

  98. JimDandy says:
    @Jack D

    Therefore, having an NBA that is 75% black (as it actually is) or an NPR staff that is 20% Jewish (or whatever the % is) is NOT de facto proof of discrimination.

    Come on. You must know how absurd it is to lump those two stats together.

  99. Edmund says:
    @Jack D

    It won’t change their ways but it could change the thinking of narrative-supporting moderates.

    Of course, this would need to be done by a brave, well-known figure, and THIS is what would actually be hard to find.

    An example of this on another topic would be Richard Dawkins tweeting about how transracialism is not accepted like transgenderism is, despite both being “social constructs”.

    It sent many leftists into fits of rage, but also found large showings of support from reasonable people.

    The more people are quiet on taboo subjects, the less they are likely to oppose absurdities, despite how they feel on such a subject. Thinking you’re the only one who thinks a certain way about a subject is depressing.

    Shining a light on such taboos is a win for common sense and rational thinking. We need all the support we can get.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  100. magilla says:

    I’ll know they’re serious when they hire Antonio Brown to run the Sports Desk. He’s a two-fer: very black and very crazy.

  101. Anon[323] • Disclaimer says:
    @ScarletNumber

    Also, the “Car Talk” brothers were Italians from Boston, and, if I’m not mistaken, most Boston Italian brothers are white.

    Until the 70’s it was questionable.

    • Disagree: YetAnotherAnon
  102. Mr. Anon says:
    @Jack D

    Do you really think that pointing out people’s hypocrisy is going to get them to change their ways?

    Who cares? The point of pointing out the hypocrisy of group x is not to get group x to change, it’s to get group y to realize that group x are hypocrites. It isn’t to change the behavior of group x, but to change the behavior of group y.

    Your didactic tutorial on disparate impact is irrelevant. The point is not to convince the people in power that disparate impact doctrine is wrong. The point is to demonstrate to the rank and file of our own people that disparate impact doctrine is a weapon that is wielded by the ruling elite against us.

  103. AceDeuce says:
    @Mike_from_SGV

    Did you need a /sarcasm tag at the end?

  104. Muggles says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    NPR’s program “All Things Considered” is the most blatant misrepresentation in American media.

    And that’s saying something.

    To be honest, it would be called “All Democrat and leftist/liberal/Woke things propagandized about; all others forbidden.”

    I used to listen to local NPR mainly for morning news and it wasn’t unbiased in any sense of the term.

    What wasn’t covered, Soviet style, was the real news.

    And minor human interest segments usually featured minorities, gays or women, or all of those. They labored to make this “news.” Chirpy lesbians were the norm for these.

    If any right/conservative leaning person was mentioned or interviewed, it was always someone mislabeled as that by the MSM. Some “house conservative” NYT created. I.e. David Frum.

    Of course it was often so boring and trivial that I suspect few, even devoted Dem lovers, could tolerate that for long. The problem with pure propaganda is that it quickly tires and is never, ever humorous or self critical. Those are traits of fascism/communism.

    The thing about NPR and it’s purer communist poor cousin Pacifica radio (which has a few radio stations) is that the programs become hereditary. The featured players never quit or retire and stay until they die in their seats (just like actual Communists!)

    The further left Pacifica “network” has constant internal battles over this. Some radio presentators/hosts tried to bequeath their programs to relatives or personal friends. These were never straight white males in the first place, so you can imagine.

    As being pseudo commies, they had endless rows and meetings about these “property rights” in socialism. In the Berkeley station they had internal lawsuits and finally more or less put an end to this North Korean type of “leadership.”

    Hearing paid commercials is a sign of some truth being permitted. “Non profits” only beg for themselves or pet causes.

  105. @AceDeuce

    Are people of color ever going to be held to the equal responsible ness of the White man ? Their collective belief of White Supremacy is without parallel ! We are not responsible for our success / happiness but the White man is and always will be despite giving countless freedoms , short cuts , privileges within the White man’s society dice 1865 ?

  106. @Redneck farmer

    NPR = National Proletarian Radio

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    , @Hibernian
  107. @JimDandy

    The Car Talk brothers were brilliant.

    • Agree: JimDandy, Dan Hayes
    • Replies: @Walker88
    , @J1234
  108. @nebulafox

    What happens when you can no longer parody things because you live in a parody?

    It’s like that old Lily Tomlin line “No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up.”

  109. @Arclight

    I would be interested to see the demographics on NPR’s audience. I would guess it is substantially whiter than the population as a whole.

    Actually, seeing NPR flackery about their audience is pretty funny. They try to convey the more or less mutually exclusive propositions that their audience demographic is “very diverse” and also that their audience has a lot of wealth, graduate degrees etc. Verily huWhite man speak with forked tongue.

  110. Ralph L says:
    @Mr. Anon

    I once had the pleasure of blocking Nina’s view at the opera. She might be 5 feet tall.

    • LOL: Harry Baldwin
  111. @Muggles

    “What wasn’t covered, Soviet style, was the real news.”

    Oh good, now I can tell this story.

    So, when I was in grad school in Canada, I was friendly with a fellow student, a nice guy, but sorta “proto-woke”, although he was really just a beatnik a couple decades too late. He was kinda like that guy singing the folksong on the stair in Animal House, where Belushi smashes his guitar. Trying to start a folk club, wrote songs about how John Paul II was a hypocrite because he supported Solidarity but not the Sandinistas, etc.

    He hated the MSM (what we would have called “the establishment media” back then) with such passion that his doctor told him to stop reading/watching/listening to the news, to reduce his blood pressure (free healthcare!). I mean, even back the the CBC made NPR sound like Firing Line, but they were all just fascists to him.

    One day he announced that he had found an alternative source that provided the unvarnished truth. He was now listening to Radio Moscow.

    True story.

    • Replies: @Ray P
    , @James Forrestal
  112. Mr. Anon says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    NPR: Nauseatingly Pretentious Radio

  113. Anonymous[120] • Disclaimer says:

    NPR is the last refuge of the white liberal. And in the case of Garrison Keillor, the white liberal perv. I listen to Brocket 99.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  114. JMcG says:
    @Redneck farmer

    Agreed. My super liberal climbing partner used to listen to those guys. I asked him why he was listening to a couple of car mechanics and he very haughtily informed me that Click and Clack were, in fact, MIT graduates. I got a kick out of them, myself.

  115. Hunsdon says:
    @Hapalong Cassidy

    Really? I mean, Jack D can impugn my Jewdar all he wants, but I’ll stand up for my, umm, Blackdar?

  116. Hunsdon says:
    @Stephen Paul Foster

    That is almost, but not quite, an insult to Pravda.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  117. Anon[121] • Disclaimer says:

    Screw NPR. After listening to the for decades, their total surrender to wokism became too much. I know listen to conservative AM amid commercials for gold and my pillow.

  118. bomag says:
    @Prof. Woland

    …long gone are the days of free form radio when some quirky host could play whatever he wanted for an hour until the next weirdo came on the air

    Well said.

  119. @Muggles

    The thing about NPR and it’s purer communist poor cousin Pacifica radio (which has a few radio stations) is that the programs become hereditary.

    Back when I listened to NPR, they still featured political commentary from Daniel Schorr. They broadcast his last piece of commentary 13 days before his death at age 93. For his last few years, he sounded like he was phoning it in from a hospital ward. His voice was as croaky and congested as you’d expect of someone that age, very unpleasant to listen to, but he had the Public Radio sinecure. Like Diane Rehm, who continued to host NPR programs with spasmodic dysphonia.

  120. @Edmund

    An example of this on another topic would be Richard Dawkins tweeting about how transracialism is not accepted like transgenderism is, despite both being “social constructs”.

    Race is a scientific category, albeit a fuzzy one. It’s similar to atmosphere, too, with concentric zones, e.g., Irish, Celtic, European, “Caucasian”, human.

    Gender is a linguistic construct. One that has almost disappeared from English, and never existed in Finno-Ugric, Turkic, and other families.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_type_of_grammatical_genders#No_grammatical_gender

    • Replies: @Edmund
  121. Muggles says:
    @Christopher Chantrill

    I was once to the local NPR affiliate in Seattle. All the journalists were white educated women of a certain age.

    You can call that what you will.

    Menopause revenge.

  122. Muggles says:
    @International Jew

    I think every time a POC resigns from NPR, two white people should resign too, in solidarity.

    “Two?” Make it five.

    Starting yesterday. Or last month.

  123. JMcG says:
    @Prof. Woland

    There’s a website called Radio Garden. It looks like Google Earth, but it’s covered with thousands of dots all over the world, each representing a radio station. There are some gems out there. I’ve had luck with local stations in the west of Ireland, the Shetlands, and the Orkneys.

  124. Charlotte says:

    Here’s some NPR audience stats from last May courtesy of the Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/media/npr-50th-anniversary-podcast-audience/2021/05/03/af0d49a0-a8fa-11eb-8d25-7b30e74923ea_story.html

    The demographic data compiled by Nielsen found that 17.8 percent of NPR podcast listeners are Hispanic, 15.5 percent are Black and 6.2 percent are Asian. By comparison, NPR’s radio listeners are 10 percent Hispanic, 7 percent Black and 5.1 percent Asian.

    The story is all about the growth in (young! diverse!) podcast listeners, though apparently the total podcast audience is about half the size of the radio audience, with little overlap.

  125. AceDeuce says:
    @James J O'Meara

    Sorry, I was going to read this, but I happened to notice the “y’all”, and then scrolled past whatever you wrote without reading the rest.

    Anybody who writes “y’all” in a post is bound to be a total poseur arschloch.

    Work on that.

    • Replies: @James J O'Meara
  126. Walker88 says:
    @Known Fact

    NPR was great, 20 or 30 years ago. I’ll have Carl Kasell’s voice stuck in my head forever.

    • Replies: @Brutusale
  127. @Jack D

    the[sic] are lots of Jews who don’t support those policies and lots of non-Jews that do.

    frequently and freely acknowledged even by those angered by the much smaller fraction of Jews pushing harmful policies

    So why focus on Jews rather than on “people who are pushing policies that I don’t like”, regardless of their ethnic background?

    like I said, over representation.

  128. guest007 says:
    @Mr. Anon

    No. All of one’s nitpicking about the use of the term “story” shows is that one believes it is clever to intentionally misunderstand the word “story” when used by news gathers organizations.

    If one looks up the definition of story on finds: an account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment.”an adventure story”

    Refusing to consider the real part and focusing only on the imaginary does not make one clever but just makes one look foolish.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  129. Walker88 says:
    @Steve Sailer

    There was a scene in the Sopranos’ kitchen where Car Talk was actually playing in the background.

    Not quite as funny as a scene from the Wire, where one of the black gang members had Prairie Home Companion playing in his car; I think Garrison Keillor was reading a poem about a caterpillar.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  130. @Walker88

    Car Talk was great.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  131. Ray P says:
    @James J O'Meara

    Rebels are we
    Born to be free
    Just like the fish in the sea

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  132. @James J O'Meara

    So, when I was in grad school in Canada, I was friendly with a fellow student, a nice guy, but sorta “proto-woke”, although he was really just a beatnik a couple decades too late. He was kinda like that guy singing the folksong on the stair in Animal House, where Belushi smashes his guitar. Trying to start a folk club, wrote songs about how John Paul II was a hypocrite because he supported Solidarity but not the Sandinistas, etc.

    One day he announced that he had found an alternative source that provided the unvarnished truth. He was now listening to Radio Moscow.

    Fun fact r.e. narrative shifts in the current year — as you noted, the Sandinistas were commonly portrayed as heroes to US “leftists” back in the 80s. Guess who’s running Nicaragua now?

    Good ol’ Daniel Ortega.

    And what do the supposedly committed “socialists” [commies] at Jacobin have to say about their erstwhile “heroes” in the current year?

    https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/04/bernie-sanders-sandinistas-daniel-orega-nicaraguan-revolution/
    https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/05/nicaragua-protests-daniel-ortega-fsln
    https://jacobinmag.com/2018/08/nicaragua-protests-daniel-ortega-sandinistas

    Huh. Why have they abandoned Ortega, the erstwhile champion of the Nicaraguan proletariat? Let’s see if the shitlibs at The Nation can shed any light on this issue:

    Having made peace with the Catholic Church by banning abortion… he and his wife (and vice president), Rosario Murillo, rule the nation as “dictators”.

    Oy vey. Almost as if the economic issues were not really central after all. Let me guess — Ortega is less than enthusiastic about promoting sodomy and transsexualism as well. It’s like anuddah shoah all over again. Clearly not true bolshevism.

    • Thanks: JMcG
  133. Edmund says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Oh, I know race has scientific relevance. I’m going by what the status quo thinks about race, which is why I put “social construct” in quotes.

    And I know about linguistic gender. Canadians like me have to take some French courses. But “gender” during the modern zeitgeist means “how masculine or feminine I feel today.”

    Don’t worry, I haven’t bought all this modern egalitarian garbage.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  134. Jack D says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Tom and Ray played up their blue collar roots (and accents) but (aside from their MIT undergrad degrees) , Tom had an MBA and a PhD in marketing so they were not the naifs with grease under their nails that they played on the radio.

    In the end, the talk had little to do with cars (which is what made it so appealing to general NPR audiences). Cars nowadays are packed with electronics, such that just calling in and imitating the sound that your car is making (pocketa pockecta thump) is not going to be diagnostic in most cases unless you can hook the car up to a scanner. And actually talking about the CANbus and the upstream and downstream oxygen sensors, etc. is eye wateringly boring. So it’s just as well that they didn’t really talk about car repair.

    • Replies: @Walker88
    , @Escher
  135. Hibernian says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    National “Intellectual” Vanguard of the Proletariat Radio. FIFY

  136. Walker88 says:
    @Jack D

    I remember them talking about how the show was when it first started , and how they could be talking to guys who had a disassembled engine sitting in the driveway. Cars were much simpler in the early 70’s.

  137. Old Prude says:
    @bomag

    The non-whites also do not sound non-white. Years ago one of the NPR non-whites was making a point that there is no such thing as “sounding black” because she was black and didn’t sound black. Brilliant.

    Somehow, when I am calling customer service, I always know when there is a black woman on the other end of the line. ‘Tis a mystery, I tell you.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @36 ulster
  138. J1234 says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Except that Tommy didn’t seem to know that much about cars. I get the impression that Ray did most of the work in the garage.

    • Replies: @J1234
  139. J1234 says:
    @J1234

    But yes, they were brilliant. I recall that TV sitcoms of the day used to steal material from them on occasion…and weren’t half as funny.

  140. Escher says:
    @Jack D

    You’re describing cars made after 2000.
    Their best shows and mono/dialogues are about older vehicles.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  141. @Stephen Paul Foster

    NPR is well to the left of the average Democratic voter. It does reflect the Democratic donor base pretty well though.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  142. Jack D says:
    @Old Prude

    I would say that 9 times out of 10 you can pick out a black person on the phone by their voice (as well as other cues).

    But in the case of the 10th person, how would you know when you are on the phone? If the person speaks standard English and you have a pleasant and intelligent interaction with them, you might just assume that they are white.

    So I would bet that almost 100% of the people that you identify on the phone as being black are in fact black, but maybe some small % of the people you thought were white were in fact black (in American terms).

  143. @Edmund

    Canadians like me

    Were you aware that Ottawa is 17 miles closer to Honolulu than Washington is?

  144. Jack D says:
    @Escher

    I was speaking about their later shows. The show ran live until 2012 and Tom died of Alzheimers in 2014 so probably in the later years he wasn’t doing his best auto diagnostic work anyway.

    Of course a lot of things on a car would still be recognizable to Henry Ford – I think they just preferred clowning around to serious discussions of hardcore automotive problems and so did their later audience.

    The internet has largely made their format moot anyway. You can get much better and more specific advice, videos etc. tailored to your specific vehicle on the internet. But not with as many jokes and puns. Mechanics (though not good ones) are a dime a dozen but skilled comedians are rare.

  145. @Ray P

    Rebels are we
    Born to be free
    Just like the fish in the sea

    Were you “schooled” to believe this?

    • Replies: @Ray P
  146. I was listening to the local NPR affiliate (KCRW) and that race-hustling jackass chicano and defunct Unz columnist Gustavo Arellano was hosting his lame tortilla contest.

    https://www.kcrw.com/culture/shows/good-food/tortilla-tournament-of-champions-2021-winner-taco-maria-burritos-la-palma

    To be clear, he wants his audience to be absolutely sure they know he’s a Mexican. He does not have any sort of highbrow diction. When he handed the golden tortilla trophy to Burritos La Palma, the greaser told his audience that he’s biased in favor of them because they both hail from Zacatecas.

    The only problem with that statement: Gustavo was born in Anaheim. He cannot even tell the truth on the radio about where he comes from.

    Now he’s got a gig at the LA Times and the local Spectrum news channel where he can spout his lies and propaganda ad infinitum. Liars like him should not be subsidized with my tax dollars.

  147. 36 ulster says:
    @Almost Missouri

    I’ll go for option number three.

  148. 36 ulster says:
    @Old Prude

    Me, too. No doubt our powers of inference are truly extraordinary!

  149. Ray P says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    No, I’ve never worn red diapers. I have watched this movie and this one. As a teenager in the mid-nineteen eighties.

  150. Mr. Anon says:
    @guest007

    If one looks up the definition of story on finds: an account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment.”an adventure story”

    Sure it can mean that. The word “account” can mean that to, but they don’t use that word. Nor do they use the word “tale”? Why not?

    And anyway, you’re the one who’s nitpicking here.

    • Replies: @guest007
  151. ziggurat says:

    NPR should just fire the remaining non-whites and rebrand themselves:
    “National Patriotic Resistance”.

  152. @Prof. Woland

    Although not aligned with my politics, I used to like listening to the Pacifica station in LA just because it was different.

    Every couple of years, however, I noticed that they would have a coup of some sort and a whole bunch of new and wackier people would take over all the programs. Then the old regime would somehow get back in charge and the old programming would resume.

    Apparently, while it’s supposedly non-profit, the underlying radio licenses have become incredibly valuable and there is behind the scenes maneuvering about who gets to cash in on that. Or something. It sounds like a microcosm of the usual left-on-left political infighting, e.g. Stalin vs. Trotsky fighting for control of the Politburo.

    • Replies: @James J O'Meara
  153. @Muggles

    NPR has been unlistenable since Trump. After Trump, I’d come across it and listen, basically playing a game to see how long they went before saying something so biased and stupid that I’d have to change the channel. I rarely made it 30 seconds.

  154. @Peter Akuleyev

    NPR is well to the left of the average Democratic voter.

    Minnesota Public Radio’s KSJN is well to the right of the average Republican, or even Constitution Party, voter. Not politically, but musically. I have the car radio set to it to prevent road rage.

    However, they’ve been playing a lot of Cécile Chaminade lately, and even more of obscure composers with English surnames who turn out to be “African-American”. The question is, is the likes of this:

    Some white churches are paying to use hymns written by enslaved African people

    balanced by this:

    Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson wants to change how we think about Mozart

    I’d like to touch a lot of this hair:

    • Replies: @James J O'Meara
  155. @Anonymous

    “in the case of Garrison Keillor, the white liberal perv”

    Exactly how pervy was GK? All I know is that one week “We Are Still Married” was being serialised on BBC Radio 4, and a week later he and all his works had been memoryholed both in the US and UK.

    Listening to or reading his work, it was obvious that he wasn’t immune to the charms of women, but that applies to nearly all males.

    Did he really get unpersoned for touching a woman (who was presumably clothed to show her back) on her bare back?

    Or was it just that Lake Wobegon was too safe (if you ignore car accidents and people falling into grain elevators) and too white, and too many people were seeing the correlation?

    • Replies: @Peter Akuleyev
    , @Jack D
  156. I would have sworn Audie Cornish was a white chick up until I saw her picture. Oh well, good riddance. They’re all welcome to quit and be forgotten.

    • Agree: bomag
  157. Brutusale says:
    @JMcG

    She looks like a wizened gray mouse, which is exact what most lefty Jewish women look like in my neck of the woods.

  158. Brutusale says:
    @Jack D

    A 6’10” guy who can shoot and has a 35″ vertical is pretty thin on the ground.

    Someone who can edit a 3-minute piece on recycling, not so rare.

    And we all know which is a preference of your favored group!

    Try again.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  159. Brutusale says:
    @Walker88

    The good old days, like Bob Edwards and the Friday sports report from Red Barber!

    An aside to Jack D., remembering Edwards made me go to his Wikifraudia page to revisit the section on Edwards’ departure from NPR. He’s what I found:

    “According to NPR spokeswoman Laura Gross,”
    “Executive Vice President Ken Stern also explained the move”
    Jeffrey Dvorkin, NPR’s ombudsman,”

    Three paragraphs, three names.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  160. Jack D says:
    @Brutusale

    Stern is a Republican who wrote a book called “Republican Like Me: How I Left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right”, so things are not always as simple as they seem.

    The current head of NPR is John Lansing, who is a nice WASPy fellow.

    • Replies: @Brutusale
  161. Jack D says:
    @Brutusale

    So you agree with AA then? It’s no problem to mandate that X% of broadcasters (nuclear engineers, doctors, etc.) should be POCs because (unlike throwing a ball thru a bottomless peach basket) anybody can do this work and quotas will not cause a loss of competence. Is that your position?

    • Replies: @Brutusale
  162. @AceDeuce

    Sorry to hear that. I wrote “you” but then thought it might sound, online, as if I was singling him out, so switched to y’all to show I was speaking generally.

    Clarity should trump other considerations. Meanwhile, I will add your opinion to the mountain of lectures I’ve gotten from Southern Patriots on how “y’all” is perfectly legitimate and useful, while those opposing it are the true Yankee poseurs, especially when they (Yankee poseurs) use their views about trivial vocabulary choices to justify ignoring the substance of a post, and see how it all balances out.

  163. @Hypnotoad666

    WBAI in NYC was/is the same way (another “flagship” Pacifica station). Endless coups and bankruptcies, the two most salient characteristics of socialism.

    In the 60s they were so truly free-form that even William F. Buckley showed up now and then.

    Their Sunday morning Baroque music host for the last 40 years has street cred from being a lawyer for the Black Panthers.

    And yes, the license is very valuable. WBAI was a commercial station that somehow wound up in the hands of Pacifica. Thus, while most public or college stations are tucked away at either end of the dial (and thus ignored) WBAI is smack dab in the middle of the dial in the/one of the most lucrative radio markets. They really should sell the license and use the money to help the poor, if that was their supposed goal, rather than self-promotion. Sort of like the Catholic Church.

  164. @Reg Cæsar

    NYC’s classical station, WQXR, is constantly shoving black composers and performers in one’s ear. Florence Price, who is a twofer, being a black woman, is actually pretty good and I’m glad to make her acquaintance, but enough already. There’s a difference btw making an effort to find and introduce forgotten or ignored works (good) and an overbearing quota system (bad). As Saul Bellow once said, I’ quite eager to met the African Proust.

    Samuel Coleridge Taylor is another favorite; his maleness handicap is compensated by enabling the announcers to smugly suggest “Bet you didn’t know he was African-American, what with that name and all”. Over and over.

  165. @YetAnotherAnon

    Keillor was not a perv by any standards that prevailed in the US prior to 2016 or in most normal Red counties to this day. Like Al Franken, he was thrown on the bonfire by me-too zealots who I guess assumed if they could take down a fairly normal successful white man on their own side, that would give them the magic juju to take down Trump. Of course, life does not work that way.

  166. guest007 says:
    @Mr. Anon

    An account would be from one POV. A story would be a compilation of accounts, statements, video, audio, or background research. A tale would once again imply being imaginary.

  167. Jack D says:
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Keillor, like Franken, was a committed Leftist. Anyone who has studied Leftism should understand that the Revoloution eventually eats its own. They chose their path knowing this and I can’t feel sorry for them.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  168. @Jack D

    What exactly was the heinous offense that got GK cancelled? He made MPR tons of money.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  169. Brutusale says:
    @Jack D

    So Jews can’t be Republicans, or are you just pounding the table again? Does his Republicaness have anything to do with my comment?

    And now that the sainted Magliozzi Brothers have gone to their reward, is there anyone at NPR who’s NOT a WASP or a Jew?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @Hunsdon
  170. Brutusale says:
    @Jack D

    And you get that from my comment how? You’re the one choosing crappy analogies.

    No AA ever, in any situation.

  171. @Brutusale

    And now that the sainted Magliozzi Brothers have gone to their reward

    Ray still shuffles on this mortal coil. And runs a newspaper column twice a week.

  172. @bomag

    NPR has completely toed the Progressive line; it seems half or better of their stories are about a minority group struggling against White privilege; racism; blah blah blah.

    NPR’s style is Howdareyou in a calm, soothing voice. No one could possibly object to such sweet reasonableness in transmitting the politically correct line.

    • Replies: @Hunsdon
  173. @Buffalo Joe

    At age 75 radio played a big part in my life while growing up.

    You only grew up when you were 75?

    • Replies: @Rex Little
  174. @Ponydaemmerung

    If you like classical music, but hate NPR, check out http://www.theclassicalstation.org. Not associated with NPR.

    I checked it out. They don’t seem to play many pieces longer than 15 minutes. That’s more retarded than a “Mostly Mozart” station.

  175. @Etruscan Film Star

    You only grew up when you were 75?

    Makes sense to me. I’m three years younger, and haven’t yet.

  176. Jack D says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    There was a woman wearing a backless dress and he patted her on the back. I wish I was kidding but I’m not. Franken lost his Senate seat for doing even less.

    • Thanks: Johann Ricke
  177. Hunsdon says:
    @Brutusale

    Oh come now. There’s always Ayesha Rascoe.

  178. Hunsdon says:
    @Etruscan Film Star

    When they find themselves in the tumbrels, they will be so very shocked.

  179. But it is both overinclusive and underinclusive – the are lots of Jews who don’t support those policies and lots of non-Jews that do.

    I’m sure there are Jews who aren’t especially keen on NPR policies, but they never seem to speak up, at least in public. If you can’t say something nice about other Tribe members, don’t say anything. Stay on the sidelines or be an enabler.

  180. vhrm says:
    @Hapalong Cassidy

    Same. I also didn’t know Gwen Ifill was black for the first 10+ years that i heard her (i only heard Newshour on the radio, rather than seeing it on PBS).

    They both got their start decades ago. The current crop of shows on public radio (they’re not all NPR) tend to be quite conspicuously black or otherwise ethnic sounding.

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