Thursday, November 06, 2003

"Cash Infusion for Liberal Media Stronghold"

will be the spin given by some to Mrs. Kroc's $200 million bequest to National Public Radio. I love public radio, even when it bends over backwards to give conservatives a little airtime, so I'm glad they landed a big one.

My family always listened to NPR, but I really got hooked the summer after my first year of college. I spent long days as a painter for the U of Iowa Hospital (where Sean was a tuckpointer), and Barry, the guy I painted with, made a ritual out of listening to Fresh Air, Talk of the Nation, BBC imports like My Word, and the news. For a long time, I wanted to be Ray Suarez, and I must have annoyed the college freshman I taught with my TOTN evangelism.

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

1. CBS makes a movie about Ronald Reagan.

2. Said movie isn't sufficiently fawning about Reagan for conservative tastes.

3. Said conservatives scream bloody murder about the "liberal media".

4. CBS caves; moves movie to Showtime.

So, is this the liberal media run amok, trampling the memory of a great leader? Or is this thin-skinned conservatives unable to stand the slightest criticism of their sacred cows?

Sunday, November 02, 2003

Time for the ever-popular "Where are you on the political spectrum?" quiz, which has me being pretty liberal and pretty libertarian. My results, and link to the quiz, here. (It takes five to ten minutes.)