NPR, after the Big Bird thing, might have thought it would be a good idea to attempt to appear unbiased. Of course, the concept of bias-free journalism in America today is akin to the dinosaurs – as in extinct. But, Edward Schumacher-Matos decided to take a stab at it by fact-checking the NPR fact-checkers.
So, what was this great discovery he made? Low and behold, the NPR audience likes fact-checking interspersed with the reporting. At least that’s what the nifty pie charts indicated. Now, whether or not NPR could recognize a fact, even if it bit them, is a debate for another time. As for how often they want fact-checking, they want it daily, not just occasionally. I know, we’re talking about liberals here, but this is beyond political leanings – it is a matter of human nature. Yes, Schumacher-Matos and NPR took the time to poll their audience on something that theoretically should have been assumed by anyone that successfully completed Psychology 101 in college. Kudos guys, really!
But that’s just amusing. The really good stuff was in their nifty bar graph. On that one, they asked their audience what needed fact-checking the most. There were several categories, but the really striking thing is where liberal priorities lie. They want fact-checking of the candidates first – predictable. But, down near the bottom, just above fact-checking personal stories of voters, is fact-checking polls and national standings of the candidates. So, in liberal-land, it’s not really important if the polls are accurate (assuming that Obama is ahead, of course), and they really don’t care if people lie to them about where the candidates really stand on the electoral map. Thank you Schumacher-Matos! Really! That is very helpful information for us, on the conservative side of the spectrum. Carry on liberal comrades, and don’t worry if your left-biased polls are accurate or not!