So itâ€™s Mark Phillips I have to thank for no longer being able to enjoy NPRâ€™s â€œThe Worldâ€? during my lunch hour (â€œA valuable voice,â€? Opinion, March 3-10). Instead I get the hack Amy Goodman and her low-budget, one-dimensional â€œDemocracy Now!â€?
Donâ€™t get me wrong, I am a liberal to the bone, but Iâ€™m also put off by obviously one-sided news reporting â€” be it Sean Hannity or Amy Goodman. And I sometimes enjoy non-political discussions, such as the fare often served up by the relatively eclectic â€œThe Worldâ€? â€” admittedly second-tier NPR, but a show with a broader, non-preachy focus. Moreover, the Merck situation was adequately covered by the morning and afternoon news shows â€œMorning Editionâ€? and â€œAll Things Considered.â€? And it was not really the kind of news â€œThe Worldâ€? was designed to cover.
Iâ€™ve written to KCBX several times over the past year or so, wondering why they donâ€™t get more NPR programming on the air â€” rather than all the classical and specialty-music shows with their niche audiences. I have been told that NPR shows are expensive. They canâ€™t afford the stuff. So I was surprised and happy when â€œThe Worldâ€? made its way into KCBXâ€™s programming. And now itâ€™s gone. No doubt KCBX was happy to trade the one show for the other. My guess is that they are saving a bundle. I would not be surprised if airing â€œDemocracy Now!â€? costs them half of what â€œThe Worldâ€? was costing. Thanks, Mark.
P.S. I also note that â€œDemocracy Now!â€? had been airing on Tuesdays at noon or so for quite awhile. And that the SLO pirate station was airing it every morning till the New Times interview put it out of commission.
San Luis Obispo