I got this challenge on Facebook from a life-long friend. He has a great sense of humor and thick skin, but sadly suffers from a debilitating case of Liberalism. Out of kindness, I gave him two chances to withdraw the dare, but he persisted (they are a stubborn lot!).
Neil, I dare you to post this on your blog. No, I double dog dare you. Zombies Walk The Halls Of Congress : NPR.
The article highlighted Democrats and Republicans who stayed in Congress after scandals. I wonder why NPR didn’t go after examples like this more aggressively? I mean, sweet Maxine is still there. They could shine a bigger light on this one:
Other survivors? There’s Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA). During the fiscal meltdown, she arranged a meeting with the Treasury Department for a bank her husband owned stock in.
The article forgot to note that Republicans are more likely to resign and more likely to be pressured to resign from their party. Then again, you can only be a hypocrite if you have standards to begin with. Witness Chris Matthews’ claim that the real problem with Weiner is that “backwards” religious people disagree with his behavior — meaning that “progressive” people think there was nothing really wrong with a Congressman exposing himself to bribes and ridicule in sending R- and X-rated pictures of himself to strangers and then lying to friends and enemies alike in a pathetic cover-up attempt. His real crime was getting caught. Hey, at least Matthews clearly reveals his “morality.”
Also note that the NPR article “forgot” to mention Bill Clinton staying in office after abusing his authority with an intern, exposing himself to the possibility of blackmail, trying to destroy her life (and he would have succeeded if not for the infamous dress) and lying under oath. Yet while Nixon became synonymous with deception and scandal, Clinton’s punishment is making $100,000 per speech and having a wife who is Secretary of State.
Back to the dare: My friend’s premise was that I’d never post something from NPR that showed that they were balanced. But the grand irony is if they were truly unbiased then he could send me their links all day, every day. But as it is he found a token piece that was balanced and was so shocked and thrilled that he launched into his double dog dare without realizing that he was proving my point, not his.
Whether NPR is biased or not (and of course they are wildly biased, or my extreme Liberal friend wouldn’t be such a loyal fan), they shouldn’t get government funding.
There you go, my friend. Hope you’re happy!