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Apr 10Liked by Stephen Heins

All of the "old" media is simply a conduit for propaganda and lies told by our government and the global cabal of demons.

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Well said Elaine.

NPR is the searing proof that information and propaganda platforms should NEVER be government funded/run.

This was a dumping ground for every brainwashed liberal/communist/globalism academic and CIA social engineering putsch (in this country) all paid for with our taxes.

NPR is the equivalent of our propaganda radio operations - that've been used for decades to subvert foreign populations toward a color revolution - on our own soil.

Of course virtually ALL media is NPR (government op/controlled), but without the nauseating patchouli stench, wafting through the air.

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Apr 17Liked by Stephen Heins

NPR is bland and boring. I suggest a diversity study of staff's educational background. Get rid of the Ivy Leaguers and things would get better.

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Takes courage to stand up for one’s principles and I give him credit . But there comes a time you have to look at yourself in the mirror. It’s unfortunate that so many ppl hv TDS. I say to ppl that I’m not having Trump over for dinner. I’m voting for the policies. And what I feel is best for the country. And I hold dearly our 1st Amendment that I saw taken away from us under the Obama Administration and certainly with the Biden Administration. The censorship we saw under this administration has been out of control and what was done under Covid reminded me of what my parents went through under Hitler when he got into power in 1933. They brought me up what it was like for them living under Nazi rule. And what my father went through in concentration camp. I saw the propaganda by the MSM and the Biden Administration and it was no different than what Joseph Goebbels did. The problem with most Americans is they don’t know history or human nature. And how ironic how the left accuses Trump of everything they are guilty of doing. And I laugh when I hear the morons on CNN and MSNBC spew out the words Nazi and Fascist when they have no idea what they are talking about. And when they tire of that they use racist and white supremacist even if one is a black conservative. No wonder why ppl like URI Berlinger is waking up. Along with a lot of other Americans.

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Who was president in 2020?

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I find some of his arguments as lazy and completely devoid of recognizing what has happened over the past 25 years. First and foremost, NPR didn't "lose" conservative listeners, they left to follow the exploding right wing positional media over the past 25 years. Just as I left being a Fox News viewer over time because of how partisan and fear based it became. How many times over the past 25 years have Conservatives tried to shut down or defund NPR? That as much as any events is what has driven conservatives away from NPR.

He uses as an example that "Mueller report did not find collusion." First, let's acknowledge very clearly that Mueller articulated that his report DID NOT exonerate Trump. We also know from trump's own son and others that they specifically met with Russian operatives to get dirt on Hillary. Donnie Jr. testified that it went nowhere because the dirt was not "dirty enough." 8 different trump associates went to jail for lying to the FBI, so what did they lie about? What we do know is trump pardoned every one of those who lied for him. We also know that for collusion to be proven, we'd need the REAL testimony of his family members and the testimony of the 30 Russians that were indicted. We got neither of those.

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That is the dumbest thing I"ve read today. You sound like like the propaganda networks, such old and pathetic rhetoric. Ho hum.

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Really Vicki? I watch and read across the entire spectrum of news, from Reason to National Review to CNN. I read the Mueller report, did you? So you disagree, Conservatives LOVE NPR, Republicans work tirelessly to ensure NPR is fully funded? Really?

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Amen! We were Fox watchers when they first came on; even looked forward to Bill o’Reilly. Then they (and he) became more & more extreme and we turned the channel.

If Conservatives left NPR, it was voluntary & because they’re becoming more & more radicalized as time goes on. There used to be a middle ground. That train left the Station with the tea party and finally died with Trump.

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Archie and Jughead live....the least radical of all are conservatives who stick with the basic premise of good common sense, unlike the last especially insane and woke craziness that are beyond left of the past (current) three years!

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I guess you never read Mike Taibbi’s in depth investigative Rolling Stone article on Russiagate. I would before embarrassing yourself on this post. One cannot argue with facts.

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Matt Tai bi is a professional liar who literally lived and worked in Russia for years.

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You like NPR, have become delusional. Thinking conservatives are too stupid to hear more than one side like URI said NPR was stupid enough to present only one side. NPR, like you, picked sides. Now, they must live with that decision. Oh, like many Democrats, you have decided to blame republicans and fox for NPR’s loss.

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Mike for many you are correct, too stupid, for the others they just want their "i am a victim" echo chamber. The majority of Conservatives have no time or want for Point Counterpoint, they just want to bury themselves in the fear and loathing rhetoric of Carlson, Hannity, Laura, Alex Jones et al.

But please, prove me wrong by providing me links to all the activities taken up by Conservatives and the GOP supporting NPR. Meanwhile, let me share a link from a LIBERTARIAN source calling out yet another instance of the GOP trying to defund NPR over the past 20 years.

https://reason.com/2024/04/19/another-day-another-doomed-plan-to-defund-npr/

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You are absolutely right in your response the URI Berliner opinion piece. To me he should get a job with his friends at FOX!

He should try to read the unredacted version of the Mueler report. He has not.

Should NPR give equal voice to the lie of the 2020 “stolen election”? NO!

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Yes, the Bush cuts, the Trump turn has been disabling and destructive to many, many media outlets [if not all]. He's ignoring so much. How sad.

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Wow, this piece is literally littered with lies.

The Trump Russia connection is 100% real, and you're EXACTLY the type of liberal that caused his rise.

You started at NPR just before W and the conservative movement destroyed the previous funding model and allowed Koch enterprises and other corporatists to buy out the NPR byline. NPR got objectively more conservatice and refused to cover climate change properly because of it. No mention at all of that?

You should be fired immediately.

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The only one pushing lies is you. Most Trump-Russia collusion stories have been discredited and as Mr. Beeline said, many originated from chief Russia hoaxer Adam Schiff. The only people who still believe in the Trump Russia connection are desperate MSNBC viewers.

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No, they haven't.

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What planet are you from because it sure isn't the earth?

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I'm from Earth, it's capitalized here. Might want to try reality.

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Says the one oblivious to the truth.

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You are either a troll or just plain ignorant.

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It's called reality, honey. You should try it.

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Thank you, Mr. Berliner. This needed saying long ago.

I listened to NPR almost exclusively until about 2007. There was no single event that turned me off their programming, but it was clear even that long ago that NPR was being captured by leftist ideologues, and then not long after that they began to kneel to other political orthodoxies. I have a vivid memory of tuning in to Dianne Rheem one day when she was interviewing someone from the left and someone from the right. They were both respected authorities in their field, but diametrically opposed political viewpoints. Early in the interview the conservative said he felt outnumbered, and Dianne pointed out that the two men were equally matched. The conservative did not say it, but I'm sure he was thinking he was a lone conservative facing two leftists. I had been thinking the same thing. No self-awareness at all on Rheem's part. How could there be? Everyone else in her office was what they call -- also with a charming lack of self-awareness -- "progressive".

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Breath of fresh air and loved hearing Uri on Honestly. I stopped listening to NPR when I saw blatant avoidance and complete neglect for the topics i was concerned with. It is disturbing when you think you can trust a news source and then realize it’s still all woke lies. Thank you for the validation Uri!

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Mueller never said there was no Russian collusion. Go back & read the Report. The writer complains about “don’t say gay” yet people have been using the derogatory term Obama care for the affordable healthcare act for years. This entire rambling tirade is tiresome & ridiculous. Whine much?

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This is such a fantastic breath of fresh air that someone at NPR sees this. A conservative truth-seeker, I always loved NPR but that changed after I saw and heard their reporting after 2016. I no longer felt, as a listener, welcomed by NPR. I felt "othered" to borrow a phrase of Dr. Naomi Wolf's. I hope you find your way back to truly unbiased reporting but I'm not holding my breath.

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I figured out pretty early on that NPR and PBS went woke after Trump was elected. I happily voted for him, a self made and daring entrepreneur that was abrasive but never backed down. And still does not. Having worked in DC in the political realm I knew the game. I was tired and sick of it and the ever quest for reelection rather than "doing the people's work" which is about what most politicians are about. After that, I wrote both so called "for all the people" organization off as traitors and that's what you are. Pushing your own liberal agenda instead of representing all the people regardless of their disposition on politics. The worst is taking money and advertising as you do but not doing what your promise/advertise. That is sinful and it's thoroughly disgusting. Thanks for speaking up, we have a new respect for you. But not the organizations.....

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Self made……

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“Self made” with daddy Trump’s $400 million dollar start up money and then went bankrupt 6 times. “Self Made”?

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Okay, how many days until Uri is not longer employed by NPR? I am betting 8 days.

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I think by Friday, I’m afraid. But great article. And what courage.

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Courage to lie?

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Welcome to your new Substack career! Truthtellers wanted!

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A great article Mr. Berliner, from someone who considers himself fiscally conservative and socially liberal. I think you could make the same comments about all of the issues ignored (probably by NPR and others) regarding EVs, electrical power, the intermittency of wind and solar and the need for distributable power. For example, as to EVs, all of the "issues" (limited range, cold weather, battery weight and tire wear outs after10,000 miles etc. etc.) about EVs were out there before their sales fell off the cliff-but we never heard about them until recently from any of the press I listen to or read. Every unusual weather event is now tagged as climate change by reporters who know nothing of any scientific connection, or the fact that such weather events also happend hundreds of times over the millenia. John Stuart Mill said something to the effect that he who only knows his own side of the issue knows very little. We need to hear both sides. You are spot on.

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New CEO, Katherine Maher started with a not so subtle attack on free speech. In a rational world Congress would eliminate all govt funding.

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"Like many unfortunate things, the rise of advocacy took off with Donald Trump." I disagree. It started with John Kerry. When the swiftboat veterans who had served with Kerry came out against him, NPR and all the mainstream media immediately treated them all as liars. I did not see a single reporter, from any "news" organization, make any attempt to reach out to them to get their side of the story.

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Welcome to my world.

I began to find myself reacting negatively to "advocacy journalism" after reading and researching this story by our local affiliate KQED. https://www.kqed.org/news/11840548/the-racist-history-of-single-family-home-zoning

It contains many significant factual errors, enough to force the title to be changed. I spent more than a year researching it. The story came on the heels of George Floyd's murder and set the basis for a "truthy" but false media "narrative" about housing and zoning that persists to this day. The story was written just in time for policy debates about single family zoning then facing the California State legislature.

In researching this story, I became aware of many legitimate concerns about journalism, such as the handling of history in short journalist narratives, the choice of "experts" for use in stories, whether or not there are guidelines for choosing and using research papers, particularly those that use statistical methods and terms of art probably not understood by the journalist.

It seems now I can't turn on the radio without hearing an advocacy story, usually told by a female reporter, about a "person of identity." I still do listen to NPR, but I often just turn it right off if its another transparent DEI story.

As an aside we named our female poodle, "jalapena", using the feminine. After she was fixed, I told my wife we should change her name to "jalapenx".

If your interested in the main factual thrust of debunk the zoning history story, let me know. I don't have enough of a background in journalism to write it, but I can lay out the major impeaching facts quickly enough for someone to evaluate their merit.

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