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This Is Why I Get My News From NPR & PRI: It Is About As Unbiased As One Can Hope To Hear

Posted by on Feb. 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM
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Listen to this NPR Morning Edition analysis of the State of the Union & then say whether you really believe that this is liberal media talk.  It may not be Fox News, but that's because it is unbiased news.  It isn't liberal but it certainly isn't known as a conservative media source.

http://www.npr.org/2013/02/13/171878343/close-read-reviewing-obamas-state-of-the-union-address

 

 

Hate Is NOT a Family Value.

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coolmommy2x
by Gold Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 11:08 AM
My MIL is addicted to Fox News. Ugh. So tired of her panic calls when she hears something she thinks we need to act on immediately.
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Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 11:12 AM
Have her listen to this analysis & try a slow replacement therapy. Seriously, do have her listen to this. It is very critical of the president without being biased. It is factual!


Quoting coolmommy2x:

My MIL is addicted to Fox News. Ugh. So tired of her panic calls when she hears something she thinks we need to act on immediately.

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coolmommy2x
by Gold Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 11:24 AM
She will never give up Fox. We've already tried an intervention, didn't work. =(

Quoting Bookwormy:

Have her listen to this analysis & try a slow replacement therapy. Seriously, do have her listen to this. It is very critical of the president without being biased. It is factual!




Quoting coolmommy2x:

My MIL is addicted to Fox News. Ugh. So tired of her panic calls when she hears something she thinks we need to act on immediately.

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cathygymboree
by Bronze Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 4:43 PM
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I  don't think NPR is unbiased.

They have been biased in the past.

Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 7:16 PM
Did you listen? This is very critical of the POTUS without bias.


Quoting cathygymboree:

I  don't think NPR is unbiased.

They have been biased in the past.


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Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 7:44 PM
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I couldn't copy the the charts, so you might go to the link. Most informative if not most unbiased:

http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/174826/survey-nprs-listeners-best-informed-fox-news-viewers-worst-informed/

Survey: NPR’s listeners best-informed, Fox viewers worst-informed


by Andrew Beaujon
Published May 23, 2012 7:49 am
Updated May 23, 2012 7:58 am
Fairleigh Dickinson University
People who watch no news at all can answer more questions about international current events than people who watch cable news, a survey by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind finds.

NPR and Sunday morning political talk shows are the most informative news outlets, while exposure to partisan sources, such as Fox News and MSNBC, has a negative impact on people’s current events knowledge.
People who watch MSNBC and CNN exclusively can answer more questions about domestic events than people who watch no news at all. People who only watch Fox did much worse. NPR listeners answered more questions correctly than people in any other category.

The survey of 1185 random people conducted by landline and cell phone in early February follows a similar poll FDU conducted last November, which surveyed only New Jersey residents and returned similar results.

Each respondent was asked four of eight questions, which are at the bottom of this post. “On average, people were able to answer correctly 1.8 of 4 questions about international news, and 1.6 of 5 questions about domestic affairs,” the report says. Here’s the breakdown by viewing habits.



The report explains:

The largest effect is that of Fox News: all else being equal, someone who watched only Fox News would be expected to answer just 1.04 domestic questions correctly — a figure which is significantly worse than if they had reported watching no media at all. On the other hand, if they listened only to NPR, they would be expected to answer 1.51 questions correctly; viewers of Sunday morning talk shows fare similarly well. And people watching only The Daily Show with Jon Stewart could answer about 1.42 questions correctly.
Interestingly, the results of the poll controlled for partisanship. MSNBC, Fox and talk radio consumers answered more questions correctly when their political views aligned with those of the outlets they preferred. Moderates and liberals who watched only Fox did worse than conservatives who watched it. This mirrored the results at MSNBC, where a conservative viewer could be expected to answer an average of .71 international questions correctly, for example, and a liberal viewer could be expected to answer 1.89 questions correctly. “None of the other news media had effects that depended on ideology,” says the report.


“On average, people were able to answer correctly 1.8 of 4 questions about international news, and 1.6 of 5 questions about domestic affairs,” but depending on the match between ideology and viewing habits, the score could be lower or higher.
FDU political scientist Dan Cassino said the results show “Ideological news sources, like Fox and MSNBC, are really just talking to one audience…. This is solid evidence that if you’re not in that audience, you’re not going to get anything out of watching them.”

News organizations’ tone and allocation of resources also apparently affected respondents’ abilities to answer questions. NPR has as many domestic bureaus as foreign ones; its listeners did best on questions about international events. “Daily Show” viewers were next. On domestic questions, people who watched Sunday news shows did nearly as well as NPR listeners.

Questions: (all but the first two were open-ended)
• To the best of your knowledge, have the opposition groups protesting in Egypt been successful in removing Hosni Mubarak?
• How about the opposition groups in Syria? Have they been successful in removing Bashar al-Assad?
• Some countries in Europe are deeply in debt, and have had to be bailed out by other countries. To the best of your knowledge, which country has had to spend the most money to bail out European countries?
• There have been increasing talks about economic sanctions against Iran. What are these sanctions supposed to do?
• Which party has the most seats in the House of Representatives right now?
• In December, House Republicans agreed to a short-term extension of a payroll tax cut, but only if President Obama agreed to do what?
• It took a long time to get the final results of the Iowa caucuses for Republican candidates. In the end, who was declared the winner?
• How about the New Hampshire Primary? Which Republican won that race?
• According to official figures, about what percentage of Americans are currently unemployed?


Quoting cathygymboree:

I  don't think NPR is unbiased.

They have been biased in the past.


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stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 8:01 PM
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I get the majority of my news from NPR.  They really get the details and they seldom make errors, and if they do, they are extremely quick about corrections.


Ms.KitKat
by Platinum Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 8:32 PM
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Quoting coolmommy2x:

My MIL is addicted to Fox News. Ugh. So tired of her panic calls when she hears something she thinks we need to act on immediately.

 FoxNews is my favorite sit-com!

Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 9:37 PM

 ROFLMQJTO!


Quoting Ms.KitKat:

 

Quoting coolmommy2x:

My MIL is addicted to Fox News. Ugh. So tired of her panic calls when she hears something she thinks we need to act on immediately.

 FoxNews is my favorite sit-com!


 

Hate Is NOT a Family Value.

stringtheory
by Gold Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 9:47 PM
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I listen to NPR, and find them very balanced for the most part. They don't do talking heads (unless you count Tavis Smiley on PRI?), and I think that helps. If there is any liberal leaning, it is not on the news programs.

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