Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Who Rules NPR?

If you weren't one of the 10,000 folk music fans who could afford the ticket price for the 50th anniversary Newport Folk Festival event, you can still listen to the kind of music that was performed there by checking out the National Public Radio [NPR] website at the following link at:


Ironically, NPR's board of directors apparently includes some of the same corporate folks who have been profiting in recent years from the Pentagon's endless war in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Wall Street banking industry's financially reckless business practices which helped drive the global economy into a world-wide depression during the last year. NPR Chairman of the Board Howard Stevenson, for example, is also a director of the Camp Dresser & McKee firm that was given some lucrative Pentagon Iraq and Afghanistan war contracts a few years ago, according to the Center for Public Integrity's website.

Other profit-oriented corporations to which members of NPR's board of directors have been affiliated with in recent years include the Baupost LLC investment company, Landmark Communications, Sheffield Steel, The Northern Trust Company/Northern Trust Global Investment, Lincoln International, JP Morgan Securities, the DailyMc In. media firm, AOL Latin America, the Cisneros Group media companies, First Energy Corporation of Akron, the Key Corp and NYTimes.Com.

So don't expect NPR to start allowing many of its NPR affiliated stations to begin airing too many anti-war and anti-corporate protest folk songs on a daily basis (especially all the anti-war and anti-corporate protest folk songs written by folk musicians since 1970), even though we're all still stuck in the current 21st-century historical era of "permanent war abroad and global economic depression" under the current undemocratic political set-up of Big Corporate Media Monopolization of the U.S. radio airwaves.


Renegade Eye said...

I listen quite a bit to NPR.

I don't remember any left figure, being allowed on unopposed.

Anonymous said...

NPR is a corporate driven machine, I have to laugh when I hear someone describe NPR as 'alternative.'

John Hockenberry talks about NPR in his wonderful book MOVING VIOLATIONS.

b.f. said...

Speaking of corporate driven NPR, the current chairman of the NPR Foundation, Antoine van Agtmael, apparently also used to work for the World Bank (which might help explain why NPR might not be inclined to publicize any upcoming protests to mark the 10th anniversary of the 1999 Seattle anti-corporate protests). Check out the following bio of the NPR foundation chairman's that's posted on the NPR website:

"Antoine W. van Agtmael is Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Emerging Markets Management LLC and a director of Strategic Investment Partners. Previously he was deputy director of the Capital Markets Department in the International Finance Corporation, division chief in the World Bank's borrowing operations, managing director of Thai Investment and Securities Company, Ltd, and vice president of Bankers Trust.

"He...is a director of various investment funds.

"He is a Trustee of The Brookings Institution, the Chair of their International Advisory Council and is a member of the Investment Committee. Antoine is on the Board of Trustees of...National Public Radio Foundation...He is also a member of the Yale President's Council on International Activities, and Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Advisory Council..."