Listen to a reading of this article: American liberals are in an uproar over Twitter's recent labeling of National Public Radio as "US state-affiliated media", a designation typically reserved for state media from governments the US is trying to topple like
All the mainstream media companies around the world are associated with the convocation of billionaires, corporations and institutions which think they now own the planet. Whether one wants to name the World Economic Form, Bilderberg, Cub of Rome, the big banks, or whatever is not so important. It is in the recognition we are all owned. “Liberals” - under the mistaken impression they are in support of such liberal values as free speech and human rights - are in actuality supporting modern totalitarianism (sometimes viewed as techno feudalism).
NPR as “independent, fact-based journalism” ... 🤣🤣🤣. God bless Elon Musk!
NPR died to me the day I turned it on and heard George Bush saying that we really have to stay in Afghanistan to 'support Afghan women'. The next day Condi Rice came on and said the same thing. They also regularly have CIA heads come on and give comment. NPR: National Propaganda Radio. I feel deeply ashamed that I ever gave them money.
NPR - fact-based? Not even fact-biased. Or fact-unbiased.
I’ve seen xeroxed $3bills with more integrity.
Thanks so much for your excellent reporting. It complements my piece on NPR which is more focused on the content. https://coronawise.substack.com/p/npr-propaganda-for-progressives1
NPR: Propaganda for Progressives
Why I Didn’t Donate My Dead 2005 Prius to NPR
NPR is a social engineering program for folk who think they’re too smart to be so easily deceived and manipulated like a rat in a cage....but good luck convincing them that they are fools.
Here in the East Coast Deep Blue Zone, NPR is gospel. It is the constant companion of every citizen, ubiquitious as CNN, maybe more so, and constantly massaging the narrative. It is not only a US centric narrative builder on foreign policy, but also fully aligned with the DNC axis domestically. NPR produces easily digestable, one dimensional world views for its listeners, and wraps them in crinkly pseudo-intellectual wrapping. It has always been blatant perception management first and foremost, with a side helping of curated News-Lite.
I wonder if the new Twitter designation is meant to start a fevered discussion which permits a conclusion where ALL the 'State Media' labels can be junked across the board. Seems like Elonesque Troll Judo in the making. Oh, also, I don't think he cares that NPR reports he's pimping his DOGE bags... that's not news to anyone but Blue Zone Boomers who still-dont-quite-get crypto. Fantastic reporting as always. Timely and concise, devastating research. Thanks again for your hard work.
“… All this bickering and squabbling about whose voice should be uplifted as trustworthy and whose voice should be squelched as untrustworthy is just a manifestation of the fact that powerful people understand something most ordinary members of the public do not: that whoever controls the narrative controls the world. If you can exert control over the way people perceive reality, then you can control reality itself.
Until the public becomes more aware of this fact, our lives will be subject to the whims of oligarchs, government agencies, and mass media propagandists….“
The public isn’t aware. Go look at how many people, including those who claim to be aware, that spend their time on Facebook and Twitter etc, getting manipulated and brainwashed.
Deutsche Welle (DW) must also be on that list to be marked as such. While at it, the corporate media should bear some appropriate identification as well to clarify whom they serve. Go Elon!
Glad you wrote this. Starting bout 25 years or so ago (end of 1990's/early 2000's), I began noticing a difference in their advertisements, which always seems to be a good indicator of what they're really about. It gradually (and then rapidly the last decade or so) morphed from many advertisements for local/regional businesses to advertisements for GE (...and even Exxon/Mobil!)... starting to hear the GE ads convinced me that I would never hear/read any reporting on the horrible/non-existent job they were doing cleaning up our local section of the Hudson River... that was now off-limit reporting.
But mostly, I always thought of NPR in roughly the same light as the NY Times, and a few other similar outlets... basically, tools perfectly designed for the more educated (most definitely NOT to be confused/substituted with more intelligent) to create the illusion of some type of intellectual distance between that reader/listener and the rest of us "commoners", by using more complex wording as a way of massaging the egos (egos that every one of us humans have)... all while imparting the EXACT same overall/general conditioning that the less/non "high-brow" outlets feed us... the "conditioning" being that the "for-profit at all cost over humanity" system is working just fine but just has some glitches that need to be worked out.
In an attempt to resource a pulse of global sentiment regarding America, I attempted a ‘google search’ using various iterations of a phrase such as ‘foreign publications favored by progressives’ and received exactly 0 references to publications outside American government and corporate publications such as NPR.
America is firewalled from foreign press.
All media is owned by the same corporations, therefore ALL MEDIA absolutely Is US State Propaganda. Pick your side and outlet and your special bull crap will be spoon fed to you.
With NPR back in 2017 or so I had a rule of turning it off whenever I heard the word "trump." Nine out of ten times this would occur in the very first sentence of their news broadcasts,
Decades ago, I looked forward to NPR reporting and programs as they seemed to be an independent source. About a decade ago, its products became increasingly like all other mouthpieces of the USG. They are completely taken over by the minions of Empire. Now I avoid altogether....
I recall when the rules regarding public radio/tv were changed, during the Bush administration, I believe. Donations from corporate sponsors, previously forbidden, became allowable. That pretty much charted NPR's course to what it is today.
I have a particularly strong distaste for and anger against NPR, probably because I listened for so long, since the late 80’s. I stopped listening to them sometime around 2015 when they went all Trump derangement syndrome were just nasty and hateful to the half of the country that voted for him. They may receive a little money from listeners but most of their money comes from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Welcome Trust and the Ford Foundation and they push the agendas of those backers. So they are very much like every corporate media outlet and they push state programs.