NPR’s new CEO plans to ‘retell’ the radio network’s story for lawmakers

Los Angeles Times
Gary Knell wants them to understand how many people rely on NPR for news that no one else is covering. “I think there would be a huge hole in people’s lives if when they were in their car they were not able to listen to some of these programs on public radio,” he tells James Rainey. “If you listen over a period of time you hear voices from all ends of the political spectrum on NPR. I think a lot of the critics, by what they say, don’t even listen to the service.” He argues that the decline of some newspapers and commercial TV and radio stations has made it even more important to strengthen NPR, particularly in parts of the country where few others cover government. “It’s important to make the case that public radio is something to be valued.” | An open letter to Gary Knell on the diversity problem he faces.
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  • Rod Paul

    “… particularly in parts of the country where few others cover government.”

    He ain’t talking about Beantown. Fewer and fewer places have that kind of print reporting anymore. And television is worthless if you’re concerned about property assessments and taxes, school board shenanigans or open meeting violations by elected officials.

  • James F Smith

    I hate it when NPR honchos pontificate about how important their news is given the decline of local newspapers — when in fact any listener of NPR, at least in Boston where I live, will hear a morning newscast that is heavily dependent on the still-vital local reporting of the Boston Globe. Half the stories are ripped and read from the Globe, I’d wager. I love NPR, but there’s no need to tout it as the savior of local news at the expense of the Globe and papers like it that are still fighting the good fight.

  • Anonymous

    Sure, they just say what the actual propaganda media tell them to say. You can tell because such critics like our friend Polly here say pretty much exactly what the propaganda media say, reliably, and almost verbatim.  You’ll notice that there aren’t a lot of, you know, actual examples from NPR’s actual work that ever get cited. It’s all about “smug” and “latte-sipping” and so forth. “Upscale” is pretty good, though — class warfare! Except, um, uh, waitaminute, isn’t “class warfare” supposed to be uh, umm…. oh, it’s all just so confusing.

    I will admit that I find it entertaining that this blog’s most predictable spouter of media talking points is complaining about NPR’s “parochial worldview,” though. I dig irony.

  • Anonymous

    Hey, it’s Polly! Hi, Polly!

  • Rod Paul

    “…  I think a lot of the critics, by what they say, don’t even listen to the service.”

  • Anonymous

     . . . because, of course, the upscale/smug demographic is entitled to have its parochial worldview reinforced at taxpayer expense.