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A Curious Question

Every morning I listen to National Public Radio news, because NPR is the only radio station that doesn’t compress its audio with an Orban FM-OPTIMOD, a device which makes broadcast audio distinctly unwelcome-sounding in the morning. Unfortunately, NPR also provides rather low-quality journalism. First, you get used to the quiet, long-format stories. Then you realize that they are long on time but short on insight, and that you’d be better served by ABC or Fox News’ top-of-the-hour two-minute factburst.

Anyway, this morning the NPR fellow, Steve Inskeep, interviewed a Marine in what I recall was Kuwait. I was buttoning my shirt; Inskeep was asking about the ground situation over there. All of a sudden, my ears turned fresh, if you know what I mean, and I caught Inskeep asking the Marine, “What is your sense of who is cooperating with the Americans and who is not?”

For some reason, that question sounded very, very strange. Here was a fellow named Steve on a radio network called National—ours, America, being the nation—Public Radio, and his salary paid for my the likes of you, me, and General Electric, and he’s interviewing a Marine in the American Armed Forces about a hot war in which this country is currently engaged.

“What is your sense of who is cooperating with the Americans and who is not?”

Don’t you mean us, Steve? Who’s cooperating with us?


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