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  •  NPR put on their blinders long ago (16+ / 0-)

    I stopped trusting them in the early days of the Iraq war, when this exchange occurred between NPR flak Juan Williams and Donald Rumsfeld:

    Q:  One final question, Mr. Secretary, I remember that you wrote in a memo about having a metric system that would allow you and the entire country to judge whether or not the U.S. is winning the war on terrorism.  That was about a year ago.  Today, can you measure whether or not that war is being won?
    SEC. RUMSFELD: Not with metrics.  We can put on the chart the things that are working well.  And we are unquestionably putting a lot of pressure on the extremists who are conducting these terrorist acts around the world.  


    Now the metrics you end up with, the ways of calculating things, you can – so I say you can do a pretty good job on the positive side.  You can calibrate and calculate the number of events that are occurring in the world that are terrorist acts.  But we don’t know what the intake is and the world doesn’t know the answer to that question.  So it’s a tough thing to do and it’s the balance between all of those that would indicate what net progress is being made.

    Q:  You know, the question is especially with all the preparations for the democratic and republican conventions, is America safer, I guess becomes the bottom line?

    Rather than follow up the steaming heap of "We haven't bothered to come up with any way of determining if our goals are being met" with "WTF? You mean you have know way of knowing whether you're making progress?" Williams followed up with "Please propagandize our listeners, Sir."

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