NPR finally gets it Right

NPR finally gets it Right

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National Public Radio (NPR) is a left-leaning news source covering news stories that interest liberals. White, college-educated, and upper-middle-class listeners make up the bulk of their audience.((Clark, Harry. “By The Numbers: Who Is Actually Listening to Public Radio.” Market Enginunity. blog.marketenginuity.com. N.D. https://blog.marketenginuity.com/by-the-numbers-who-is-actually-listening-to-public-radio))

Right-of-center figures have periodically called to eliminate government funding for NPR almost since its founding. Proponents of the cuts argue that the government should not be funding a media outlet and that NPR tends to have a political bias towards the left.((National Public Radio (NPR), www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/national-public-radio-npr/.)) In recent years NPR has greatly reduced its dependence on federal and state funds (under 10% now), but they have other supporters that donate to NPR; for example, in 2010, NPR received $1.2 million from George Soros’.

I will admit I listen to NPR on occasion. I like to know what the enemy is thinking, but aside from that, they have reporting that interests me in content and quality. 

Another example of NPR’s left-leaning reporting is the continual bias against the nation of Israel. NPR has been repeatedly accused of demonstrating bias against Israel but reports favorably toward Palestine. “The pro-Israel Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) considers NPR to be the most anti-Israel mainstream news outlet in the United States.”((National Public Radio (NPR), www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/national-public-radio-npr/.))

So what did NPR get right? In the AP photo that has come to symbolize the attack in Mariupol, a wounded pregnant woman lies on a stretcher, holding her lower belly and splattered with blood, being rushed out of the hospital by emergency workers seeking care for her elsewhere. Neither she nor her baby survived.((Treisman, Rachel. “The pregnant woman from the iconic Mariupol photo has died. Many more are at risk.” NPR, npr.org, 14 March 2022 https://www.npr.org/2022/03/14/1086424049/pregnant-woman-photo-mariupol-maternity-hospital))

I am sure most who read the NPR article did not even notice their reference to the unborn being a baby. I myself had not read the story until Albert Mohler’s The Briefing mentioned how the media is reporting on the death of a pregnant woman and her baby. I can promise you NPR almost never refers to the unborn as a baby. Let us take a brief look at any articles or news reports by NPR that mention abortion in March.  

  • Out-of-state abortions. (March 17)
  • Out of state abortions and gender-affirming treatments. (March 15)
  • Abortions after 15 weeks in Florida (March 4)
  • New Texas abortion law (March 2)

If you read or listen to these stories by NPR, not one will refer to the fetus as a baby. As I pointed out, these are just the stories in March 2022 as of the 17th. Not that many since Russia and Ukraine have been headline news in March. Prior to the Ukraine invasion, the abortion issue was headline news because of the new Texas law and Mississippi abortion case the Supreme Court looked at. 

If we back up to February, NPR had 12 reports, most before Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. Here are some brief observations from the stories in March. 

  • An abortion clinic is always referred to as a clinic.
  • Reporters always point out the difficulties women have when seeking an abortion. 
  • Proposed laws that make it illegal to perform an abortion and apply financial penalties are referred to as bounty hunter bills.
  • Gender surgery or procedures are called gender-confirming care.
  • Quoting liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor, writing for the court’s three liberals in dissent, called the case “a disaster for the rule of law and a grave disservice to women in Texas, who have a right to control their own bodies.”
  • Doctors in Texas have been warning that the state’s abortion law known as S.B. 8 would make it harder for them to treat medical crises and endanger their patients. 
  • Examples of rape and incest are offered for reasons to have an abortion.
  • Abortions are to be legal, safe, and accessible for all women, but if they are not, they can place women in dangerous circumstances.  

It is pathetically obvious that NPR has a substantial left-leaning view of abortion, but they got it right this time. Because of the Russian attacks, a woman and her unborn baby were killed.

What is your view on abortion? Should it be legal, accessible to all women regardless of age or reason for the termination of a human life? If that is what you believe, you can continue to listen to NPR, CNN, USA Today, and other biased media that will confirm your beliefs. Or, you can consider other sources and rethink the abortion issue, a human life and death issue. 

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Crooked Lines

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19 – If, in the beginning, there was only God and he created everything, why would he create angels that had the propensity to defy him? This very fallacy led to Lucifer challenging his authority because he desired to share the same power as God. This led to the rise, or fall depending on how you look at it, of Satan, the most notorious enemy of God and his followers. Failed, again!
20 – Why would you trust ‘God’s plan’ given his track record of many failures?

These two questions, including #18  deal with the idea of creating creatures who have a free will is somehow a failure on God’s part, especially when they choose to disobey. If God created beings with moral finitude, then their choice to love and obey Him would also have limits. Who wants a relationship with someone that has limits on the love they can express, feel, display, or act on?

At least this question to some degree acknowledges that evil exists. Many would not even grant that line of thought. It is not uncommon to hear people say that everyone is basically good, or violent crime has pathological roots and has nothing to do with evil in the world today.1

Kenneth Samples wrote, “According to Hindu thought, once a person achieves the right state of mystical consciousness, evil is absent. Ultimate reality is not only beyond the appearance of the physical but is also beyond the rational and moral categories of good and evil.”2 In other words evil only exists in our mind, but you only need to spend a few minutes reading the daily headlines to see that evil not only exists, but surrounds us in the world today.

Scott Simon, a reporter for NPR, wrote an article titled A Meditation On ‘Evil.’  In this article he explains that using the word evil was to be avoided when he had to cover tragic events. This was especially true of events that had loss of life and great suffering and may later be labeled as war crimes. He shared, “I was of a generation educated to believe that “evil” was a cartoonish moral concept, a word we used only when we didn’t know what madness or imagined infraction might drive human beings to commit murder, even on a mass scale.”3

Here is a man who understands the implications of using the word evil, or acknowledging the existence of evil. I have said before that evil comes about from the absence of good, just as cold is the absence of heat. You can’t have one without the loss of the other. As C.S. Lewis pointed out you can’t call a line crooked unless you have some idea of what a straight line should be. You can’t call something evil unless you have an idea of what good would look like.

Simon went on to say, “I still avoid saying “evil” as a reporter. But as a parent, I’ve grown to feel it may be important to tell children about evil, as we struggle to explain cruel and incomprehensible behavior they may see not just in history — in whatever they will learn about the Holocaust, Bosnia, Rwanda, and Darfur — but in our own times.”4

Do you know of a parent who has not let their child go through difficulties or suffering so they can mature and hopefully learn some life lesson? Could it be that an infinitely powerful, knowledgeable and just God could allow evil in our lives to satisfy a greater good that is beyond our understanding or comprehension?

When the fires fell on Sodom and Gomorrah did any in those cities consider it good? Could some of them considered it to be an evil event as their destruction loomed? Certainly, but those of us able to view the context of the event see that God was punishing the wickedness of this ancient culture and His act was not morally reprehensible.5

Could it be an omnipotent God who has created morally accountable creatures has chosen to allow evil and then eliminate it through a sanctification process we endure? Omnipotence, as we consider it in scripture context does not mean God can literally do anything. For example, He can’t sin or be illogical by creating a stone too heavy for Him to lift. Omnipotence means that God can do all things compatible with his nature. For example, all things rational, all things moral.6

Evil is not from God, but for reasons that are beyond our understanding, He is allowing it just as He allows us to make choices that would separate us from His good and perfect will for our lives.

 

Sources:
1. Samples, Kenneth Richard. “How Can a Good and All Powerful God Allow Evil?” Without a Doubt, Baker Books, 2004, p.240
2. Ibid.
3. Simon, Scott. A Meditation On ‘Evil’. Capitol Public Radio, npr.org, April 8 2017
4. Ibid.
5. Sproul, R.C. “Understanding Satan” Now That’s A Good Question! Tyndal House Publishers 1996, p.211
6.Samples, Kenneth Richard. “How Can a Good and All Powerful God Allow Evil?” Without a Doubt, Baker Books, 2004, p.242

 

 

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