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Life in the NPR Bubble

Last week, National Public Radio (NPR) reported a reduction in first-time jobless benefit claims as a sign that the economy was improving. This week, when claims went up, NPR reported the increase as a sign...that the economy is improving. No matter what the news is, NPR will find a way to push Obama's narrative.

In the process, NPR spins a cocoon of comfortable illusion around its largely liberal, affluent audience. I was reminded of just how far removed NPR's world is from reality earlier this month, when I took two days off to observe the Jewish holiday of Shavuot and left a radio on softly in my apartment, in case of an emergency.

In those two days, I learned that the Benghazi scandal had been resolved through the release of one hundred of pages of emails by the White House. I also learned that President Barack Obama had taken swift, decisive action in the IRS scandal by dismissing Steven Miller, the Acting Commissioner of the troubled agency.

It was only a slight shock to find, upon returning to the real world, that the Benghazi emails thoroughly contradicted the White House's earlier claims of its role in the editing process, and that Miller had been due to leave the IRS soon anyway. The scandals have only continued to build in the weeks since then.

We conservatives, too, have our bubbles--Fox News, Rush/Levin, Breitbart, etc. But I realized, after my NPR-only diet, that the bubbles are different. The conservative bubble, generally sustains its consumers' outrage. The left bubble often sustains its consumers' illusions. I gladly choose the former over the latter. 


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