From 1987 through 2003, I listened to NPR with religious fervor. It was my church. Everything I knew, I knew from NPR. In 2003, I discovered the internet and began following up on stories I heard on NPR. I learned for the first time that NPR had not only an anti-Israel bias — one that usually saw me screaming at my radio before snapping it off — but an anti-anything but lockstep liberalism bias. I tried to listen to it after 2003, just to remain informed about the “other side” politically, but didn’t have the time or the energy. It became too irksome to me that my taxpayer dollars were (and are) funding something so relentlessly one-sided politically.
Something strange happened at NPR this weekend, however. Scott Simon, a regular NPR commentator, broke free of the liberal stranglehold and broadcast a very strong criticism of Obama. It touches upon his reckless spending, his broken campaign promises, and his attack on Republicans on racist grounds. Aside from a mean throw-away line about bloggers, it is a model of rational thinking. Very peculiar — but absolutely worth the three minutes and thirty seconds it takes to listen to the comment.