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  • "Guns" on This American Life/NPR

    National Public Radio (NPR) had a program on guns on the show "This American Life." I enjoy NPR for a variety of things, and considering their obvious left leanings, have actually been impressed with at least an attempt to get both sides of the issue on guns. For example, I first learned the "12 kids per day" number thrown around by the anti gun groups was total BS via NPR. I have heard Lott, Kleck, etc interviewed on NPR, so I don't view NPR as anti gun per se as much as clueless media.

    So, they had a show on guns. It's an odd show, and as expected, they totally miss the point. You will recognize a few names they interviewed, such as Susanna Gratia-Hupp who watched her parents killed in front of her in TX. Below is the show with link to free podcast if interested.


    Guns

    Americans who love their guns...and the Americans who love them.

    Prologue.

    Host Ira Glass reads an ad from American Handgunner.

    Act One.

    Sarah Vowell, her dad, and his cannon.

    Act Two.

    Geoffry Canada, author of the book Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America, talks about what it's like to carry a gun.

    Act Three.

    Bryn Magnus with a quintessential gun story from his childhood in Wisconsin.

    Act Four.

    Two people who've nearly died in gun battles—Mike Robbins, a Chicago police officer, and Susanna Gratia-Hupp, a Texas chiropractor—draw opposite conclusions from their near-death experiences.

    Act Five.

    Chicago writer Tori Marlan with a man who sold guns to criminals for two years.

    http://www.thislife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?episode=81
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    No doubt NPR has a Liberal tilt. That said, they at least make a fairly substantial effort to go "in depth". get both sides of an issue, and do some balanced reporting. If the " mainstream" media were to make this effort, I'd have far more respect for them. They are though, ignorant, biased, uninformed, and really rather stupid. In case anyone wonders to whom I'm referring, here they are. NBC,CBS, CNN,and ABC. Just my .02 now.

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      Originally posted by PhilipCal View Post
      No doubt NPR has a Liberal tilt. That said, they at least make a fairly substantial effort to go "in depth". get both sides of an issue, and do some balanced reporting. If the " mainstream" media were to make this effort, I'd have far more respect for them. They are though, ignorant, biased, uninformed, and really rather stupid. In case anyone wonders to whom I'm referring, here they are. NBC,CBS, CNN,and ABC. Just my .02 now.
      Agreed. NPR goes beyond sound bites and generally does a great job of getting both sides of an issue. They dropped the ball on this program, but not due to any sense of anti gun/left leanings per, but because the people who made the show simply don't "get it"

      For example, the "quintessential gun story" is nothing of the sort, nor do I believe it ever happened.

      Now some of the people in the show, make no sense at all. The poor Chicago cop who got shot 11 times turned into an anti gun crusader (according to this program) but does not explain at all how the two have anything to do with each other.
      Last edited by WillBrink; 01-31-2010, 05:02 PM.
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