Voting with your pocketbook

I have a love-hate relationship with North Carolina Public Radio (WUNC-FM) these days. On one hand, I consider them among the best sources of news here in the Triangle. And on the other hand, I consider them squarely in the pack of mainstream media lapdogs. So now that the station has started its annual on-air fundraising drive, I'm again torn about what to do.

Over the years, my wife and I have given a great deal of money to support WUNC. I helped create their capital campaign more than ten years ago to pay for new facilities and equipment. We also held a fundraiser at our house to help the station attract Dick Gordon from Boston.

And while the station does have some interesting coverage of North Carolina (The State of Things), their national news is pretty much the same old same old as everyone else delivers - softball bullshit from insiders who are complicit in the disastrous reign of King George. Cokie Roberts, in particular, is an embarrassing apologist for the Bush administration, despite rumors she's a Democrat. Her regular appearance on public radio has caused me to reset the station preferences in my truck on more than one occasion.

The truth is, it's the BBC that delivers the most objective and hard-hitting news that public radio in the United States has to offer. And just how ironic is that?

All that said, I'll be declining to contribute this year. After intense blogging and scrutinizing the performance of the mainstream media over the past 12 months, it's hard to make the case to support public radio just because it doesn't suck as much as its commercial counterparts.

I'll be using this same standard when it comes to contributing to candidates this fall and next year, too. There's no money for lapdogs in my budget.

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PS I don't speak for my better half, of course. She's a perennial contributor to WUNC and doesn't share my cynicism about the station (or anything else for that matter).

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I don't blame you at all

You can save your money to contribute to the newest up and coming news source.....WBlueNC.... :)



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I can't say I agree with you

But I would like to see more insightful and agressive politicial coverage over the GOP in DC than I have heard. However I have to say WUNC is the best news channel in the Triangle (#2 channel overall behind 88.1 WKNC!), and is by no means one the mainstream media whores. Lapdogs? I believe that is a little extreme for WUNC.

I believe once, if ever, the "liberal media basis" myth is erased, than you can see more attacking coverage on President Bush or similar future politicans. Until then, WUNC is trying to reach a broad audience, and by living up to the "NPR is for weeny liberal" myth, I'm assuming they would lose listeners.

I dont know a damn thing about how they run their business over at WUNC, but I do know I appreciate what they are doing for North Carolina. being able to hear BBC's news broadcast and the various local shows is a blessing from 101.1 and AM talk. Sure we shouldnt shoot for the lowest rung, BUT it is better than the alternatives for our people.

If I can I would like to help them out this year, but I dont think I'll be able to.

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.

I don't disagree that WUNC is the best news channel

in the Triangle, by a long shot.

I suppose that's just a testament to how low our standards are for the mainstream media these days.

It's funny A.

I dropped the kids off at school this morning and flipped on the radio, it was still on NPR from the weekend, I heard the fundraiser and guffawed a "Yeah, right."

Air America is going under and yet it is the only radio station that gives the facts as they are with none of the required right-wing talking points to refute it.

Perhaps we should have a fundraiser so that we can hear Air America in our vehicles.

Where are the candidates?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

XM

Perhaps we should have a fundraiser so that we can hear Air America in our vehicles.

Aren't they on XM?

They are, indeed.

It's one of the reasons we subscribed to XM. We got hooked on Air America streaming over the internet, and wanted to have it in the car, and in other parts of the house besides the computer room. So I guess we did vote with our pocketbook.

However, I will say this - I don't listen to Air America for "news". I listen to it for commentary on the news. For news - I listen to WUNC, especially when BBC Newshour is on! But if I really want to know what's going on, I go to the interweb,er, world wide net, er, well, you know.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

donate to blogsites instead

I was always a contributor to whatever my local station was or local tv for PBS. While I still appreciate some things, I just feel better supporting bloggers who aren't underwritten by Exxon, etc.

Which reminds me - where are the BlueNC tee shirts? Or maybe you can link with a good local potter for some artistic plates or mugs?

Speaking of them

I heard part of an interview with Bob Orr this morning, around 1230. Be afraid. I think that he will win the nomination and be a tougher challenge than the other two. Lets get on that opp research now.

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"Keep the Faith"

If Orr and Graham both run

they'll split the wacko vote and Fredly Smith will breeze ahead. That's how I see it, anyway.

But you're right. Orr is scary. Plus he's a bona fide Puppet through and through. Having Bob Orr for governor would be like having the dark shadow of Art Pope floating over Raleigh.

what worries me

is #1 his voice. he sounds like a guy who is from North Carolina and has spent a lot of time on the bench. If I was his campaign manager I would just have him do all his own ads. I think he will play much better bill graham does.

#2 his ability to agree and disagree. the part of the interview i heard focused on the death penalty. he said that everyone could see the system was messed up, then promptly said the moratorium was a bad idea and didnt offer a single suggestion on how to fix the system. not even a hint. it was the worst kind of empty rhetoric: the kind that will "resonate" with people who only get 5 second sound bites on the tv news.

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"Keep the Faith"

Listen to AM 1360 - WCHL when you can get it

While I still enjoy and mostly respect WUNC, when I am in the car I only listen to them when I cannot pick up Stephanie Miller or Ed Schultz on WCHL. They are way more entertaining and I get information more suited to my left of center taste. While you might hear some static, you should be able to hear as long as you are not near Chatham and Maynard in Cary (Damn 680 interferes with the signal).

So I respect your decision not to contribute.

I am not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars

I love Stephanie Miller

I listen to her every chance I get.

Just checked 1360 out

And after not knowing it existed, I am overwhelming pleased with the Stephanie Miller show and its broadcasts so far.

I would definitly contribute to 1360, or help them get more listeners if they asked for it.

However I still have support for WUNC, but its not on the same political spectrum.

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.