With reference to NPR’s David Welna (see the previous post), to paraphrase a quote attributed to Mark Twain:
It’s better to remain silent and be thought to be economically challenged, than to speak and remove all doubt.
(The original quote has “a fool” in place of economically challenged, but that’s too harsh.)
That’s what happens when straight news reporters wander into the realm of political & economic commentary. They confirm our suspicions that they’re as leftist (which is synonymous with economic illiteracy) as they come.
And that brings up another quote by Thomas Jefferson:
To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
It truly is unjust to compel right-leaning taxpayers to furnish funds for the propagation of the unbalanced left-leaning ideas featured on NPR. Straight news reporting is deceptively subjective. The reporter and/or editor has wide discretion over the topics he or she chooses to feature, and whom he or she chooses to interview on those topics. I’m confident that an analysis would show that NPR overwhelmingly chooses left-leaning topics, left-leaning interviewees, and quotes from left-leaning people.
If NPR were funded from purely private sources, then that would be totally fine. But because it receives funds from taxpayers, and therefore from coerced funds from people who lean right, the decision-makers at NPR and PBS should feel morally compelled to hire half left-leaning and half right-leaning reporters and editors. If moral suasion doesn’t work – and it won’t because if it did they’d already be doing it – then there should be a regulation compelling them to do so (yes, some regulations are good!). Either that, or forgo the taxpayer funds.
Not to take either of those actions is sinful and tyrannical.