Saturday, April 09, 2005

a little something from my saturday morning trip to pick up some grout

Since the antenna broke in my car about four months ago the only stations that come in consistently well on my radio are 88.3 and 90.1, both public radio stations. First, this removes any shred of willingness to ever contribute to "public" radio, when they somehow have some money left over from their ridiculous programming to build stations that put even the mighty KBER to shame. Second, I'd like to recap two totally ridiculous stories from the station this morning.

1) A reporter had travelled to Indiana (I'm not sure where, but it for sure wasn't a big city--a fact that further instructs us that all subarbanites and rural dwellers are ignorant and lack meaning in their lives) to do a story on 10-12 people who every weekend protest homosexuality on the road that many Methodists and Baptists take to church. The reporter had one of the protestors read his sign that said, "There are no fags in heaven." The protestor explained that the term homosexual doesn't offend anyone, so he has to get people's attention this way. Getting back to her story, the reporter explained, "Perhaps surprising, but not everybody agrees with the protestors sentiments. There are even some rude gestures." I suppose that she is surprised that people outside of a city can be civil. Or that religious, right-wing fanatics can separate their sincerely held belief that homosexuality is wrong from their desire to treat people well.

2) In some national NPR morning show the host was speaking with a guest about the important issues of the day: the Pope and Iraq. The guest noted that it was the 2-year anniversary of the fall of Bagdad (which I will always remember watching with my roommate Triple (don't let the name make you confuse him with Monroe)). The guest then said, that apparently the pro-Saddam forces were in the street protesting and causing trouble, and then the host had to point out to him that the article actually said that the protestors were calling for an immediate trial of Saddam. This illustrates 2 points: (a) that these people are very serious about finding flaws in Iraq; and (ii) they are totally lazy; they just sit in their studio on Massachussetts Avenue and 8th St., NW in Washington and read the NYT on the air. The guy was just reading through the newspaper or some article on-line. In Bias, Bernie Goldberg makes the argument that television news just gets their stories and arguments directly from the NYT and the print media. Well, I guess NPR does too.

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