Magazine November 15, 2010, Issue

Tax-and-Beg Radio

Vivian Schiller, President and CEO of National Public Radio (NPR) in Beverly Hills, California April 28, 2010. (Phil McCarten/Reuters)

The billboards for the local public-radio station say “NO RANT. NO SLANT.” That flatters the target audience nicely, eh? Unlike those wingnut stations where Rush Limbaugh speaks in tongues through a megaphone, public radio is as calm and collected as the resting heart rate of a sloth on a branch, as serene as Garrison Keillor chewing a mouthful of hotdish in a tub of tapioca. No slant! Your Glenn Becks and Hugh Hewitts and Dennis Pragers, why, these guys get up every day, read the Times and the Post, narrow their eyes into super-villain slits, and think: It will be

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