Deirdre is a senior writer for LifeZette. The Blend is a mix of humor, social commentary and frequent whimsy for the modern Average Joe who doesn't have time for anything...but through New Media has time for everything.
Former columnist for the Los Angeles Post Examiner, the Baltimore Post Examiner, and Gatehouse News Service
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
There has been a lot of talk lately about de-funding National Public Radio, or, as all of the free world knows it, NPR. This seems as foreign to some as de-funding McDonald's, or de-funding Grandma; many have listened to NPR forever, and can't imagine life in the car without it.
First thing: saying that you heard something on NPR makes you sound smart, and gives whatever you are saying both panache and credibility. Let's try it: first, say this sentence: "I heard that Jennifer Aniston has had some work done. I read it in People." Now, try this sentence: "I heard that our culture is slowly erasing our personal identities by molding our faces into younger, almost pre-Mayan images of our younger ids, egos, and super-egos. Even popular icons like, say, Jennifer Aniston are going Mayan. (ironic chuckle.)" See? The second one is definitely smarter-sounding.
Here is my take: as someone who has been involved in marketing for years, I first look at what something is titled, be it a book, a product, or a radio station. This network is called "National Public Radio." It is supposed to be for everyone, but we all have been in on the secret that it is a very liberal network. (Just because you add Garrison Keillor to something doesn't make it folksy.) The viewpoints are liberal, the guests are liberal, and certainly the staffing is liberal - right, Juan?
Like everything else we encounter these days - healthcare, fast food, Charlie Sheen - it just needs some modifying, not complete dismissal. We are so eager - I'm talking to you, conservatives - to get rid of what irks us, or scares us, instead of working with it; crafting it into something infinitely better. Make half the program available to more conservative viewpoints, and keep the other half the way it is - more liberal, very diverse, and truthfully, sometimes quite boring. (But hey, that's just me. There are probably many people who want to hear a half-hour on salmon runs.)