I actually really like listening to NPR. Yes, the constant stories about some quirky and/or oppressed little guy vs. some big bad mean corporate entity get a bit tedious, but there’s a lot of good stuff on NPR, and not just the humor shows on Saturday! (See my Arts entry this Monday for an example.)
Today, I heard two different commentators on the debt ceiling debate say that tea partiers in Congress are “radical extremists” who “nearly brought this country to the edge of ruin” because of their agenda to limit the size of government. Such hyperbolic character assassination is pretty vile, but these were commentators, not reporters. One was on The World, the other was on All Things Considered. Two such insults in one day, almost exactly the same. Good grief. I wonder how many other times it was said that I didn’t hear.
On the other hand, that same episode of The World also had a story about tea party foreign policy that was rather gracious; not quite sympathetic, but that wouldn’t be news, either. It was objective. It was fair. Good for them.
In other news, today, for the first time in history, the credit rating of the United States was lowered by a major agency. Who saw this coming? Oh, right, those kooky tea paty nuts. The next time Uncle Sam wants to borrow a dollar, ask for some collateral.