F*&^ you NPR
Lately NPRs coverage of issues has annoyed me. Today were two examples of a disservice NPR does in it's attempts to be pithy/edgy/whatever.
Airline Safety: NPR launched a lengthy segment on whether or not outsourcing airplane maintainance was a safe, cost-effective practice or a cheap assed attempt to save a dime that causes planes to fall from the sky. I don't know what the conclusion was because I had to take the kids in. But the intro featured an approving reporter using a local south-american handy-mans ability to overhaul a toaster as 1. proof that 3rd world handy-men were fully qualified to overhaul planes and 2. evidence that we Americans are too quick to toss old toasters/airplanes and buy new.
Athiest Convention: The next segment was on the recent Athiest Convention. The intro gave a snapshot of the event including trading porn for the bible. Seriously? I understand that the word porn is good for rating (hell Brian may even read this post because of it) but a) this wasn't a convention sanctioned activity and b) how many people were seriously doing that? 1 or 2 people outside the hall? That's a pretty misleading thing to say. And it's easy because it plays into a stereotype of Athiests as people who reject god so they can pahhttay! In the real world, Not So Much. Especially when the biggest consumers of online porn are Red states.