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Trust In Government
« on: April 18, 2010, 08:56:34 PM »

This week, NPR begins a series of reports about the country's changing attitude toward the government and elected officials. Called "Trust In Government," it's being done in cooperation with the Pew Research Center. Host Liane Hansen talks with Philip Zelikow, White Burkett Miller Professor of History at the University of Virginia, about declining public trust in government.



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Re: Trust In Government
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2010, 09:22:39 AM »

I find it exceptionally difficult to stand NPR for more than a few minutes, and those minutes are Car Talk and Prairie Home Companion.

And if I'm lucky, Thistle and Shamrock.

But every time the "news" comes on, the position of the pundents is always "are republicans going to prevent the government from solving this problem, again?"

National Progressive Radio.
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Re: Trust In Government
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2010, 10:19:38 AM »

I listen to both All Stuff Considered and Morning Edition. Yeah, there's a liberal bias, but not ALL the news deals with politics. Besides, most news sources are liberal. In any case, I don't disagree with liberals on all issues, any more than I agree or disagree with conservatives on everything.

I also like Science Friday and Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me.
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Re: Trust In Government
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2010, 11:17:20 AM »

Science Friday is pretty interesting, even if some of the people who call in to talk to guests are utter idiots.
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Re: Trust In Government
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2010, 11:48:04 AM »

Considering NPR is mostly privately funded (both grants and donations), I don't see why they don't go commercial and break off from the federal teat. A tiny 10% funding comes from the federals anyways. They do have some good content and know how to work it. They just need some fucking motivation. FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF!
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Re: Trust In Government
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2010, 01:58:41 PM »

Poll: 4 out of 5 Americans don't trust Washington
By LIZ SIDOTI, AP National Political Writer Liz Sidoti, Ap National Political Writer    Mon Apr 19, 10:23 am ET
WASHINGTON America's "Great Compromiser" Henry Clay called government "the great trust," but most Americans today have little faith in Washington's ability to deal with the nation's problems.

Public confidence in government is at one of the lowest points in a half century, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center. Nearly 8 in 10 Americans say they don't trust the federal government and have little faith it can solve America's ills, the survey found.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100419/ap_on_re_us/us_government_distrust
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Re: Trust In Government
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2010, 09:11:35 AM »

Considering NPR is mostly privately funded (both grants and donations), I don't see why they don't go commercial and break off from the federal teat. A tiny 10% funding comes from the federals anyways. They do have some good content and know how to work it.

The respons I always to this argument is, "Why are you complaining? The amount of money they get is so small, aren't there more important and expensive things to complain about?"

It's a drug habit. It's money they don't have to work for, and special treatment by the FCC and other regulatory bureaus.
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