NPR boldly goes

NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell me is a weekly comedic treatment of what they call “news,” NPR’s regular fare – what people here know as “fake news.” The host, Peter Sagal, is the visible promoter of the show’s content. He is prim and proper about current events, never questioning anything, always accepting official news as official truth. He’s a good doggy.

Now and then he will sneak something in – I distinctly remember one show where he promoted the use of LSD (in light doses) as beneficial. In last week’s episode, during the “Not my Job” segment,  he allowed guest Alan Cumming to go into intimate detail about his intimate relations with other men. He described how he and a former boyfriend were so taken with each other that they each had tattoos placed on their genitals as a memorial. Then they broke up, and oh the problems with new boyfriends!

NPR’s listening audience is generally older, and generally imagine themselves a cut above for getting their fake news from NPR instead of Fox. Sagal is taking them down! I shook my head in disbelief as I listened to the details of Cummings’ sex life. Good grief. I don’t want to know that about him. I don’t want to know that about anyone.

I am no prude. I am only a normally sensible adult who respects boundaries.

To:        Colorado Public Radio
From:   Mark Tokarski

I listened to Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me last week, with guest Alan Cumming. It made me extremely uncomfortable, and was perhaps offensive to people of good taste. Cummings in the interview talked about how he and a boyfriend each had tattoos referring to each other placed on their genitals, and how he later had to warn new men he dated about what they would find before traveling “down there.”

I get that NPR wants to be out front in tolerance and acceptance of gays. I am not broaching that topic. But this was out of bounds, in my view, for any orientation. Imagine if the relationship was heterosexual and he talked of him and a girlfriend doing the same thing. It is private! It need not be aired! It makes people of ordinary taste and sensibility extremely uncomfortable. Is that the goal – to push the limits?

I hope that NPR got wide and vigorous condemnation for this episode. I doubt it , but hope so.

Mark Tokarski

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8 Responses to NPR boldly goes

  1. daddieuhoh says:

    At first I got confused and thought you were talking about professional poker player Alan Cunningham. It made seem even weirder.

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  2. Jack says:

    I’m with you there, Mark. That is absolutely gross, but I wonder if ‘celebs’ mention such gross things so that the gullible copy them? I remember reading an interview with Victoria Beckham, who is for some unfathomable reason a role model for women, in the late 90s in Cosmopolitan. She supposedly made a throwaway comment about loving Brazilian waxes; the interview then said that she was embarrassed at saying that, and changed the subject. Yeah, right. I bet she said that to encourage genital waxing to make adult women look like (1) porn stars and (2) pre-adolescent girls. That’s pretty sick as far as I’m concerned.

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  3. steve kelly says:

    It’s hard to see the similarities between what’s happening in the ME and Ukraine with the demolition of the image of U.S., Germany, France and Great Britain. Aren’t these all various “color revolutions”‘ using slightly different methods? Whomever funds NPR/PBS dictates content — and it’s not “people like you” turning the crank. All nation states are being poisoned, dissolved one way or another to make way for the global police state. They’re so close they can taste it. Is this the final phase in an all-fronts war on individuality, family, community, and any other notion of sovereign, including nationhood?

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  4. Phillip Solesky says:

    I said this about 15 years ago. They pretend that it’s actually funded by public money to scam the more “educated” vegetarians out of their “disposable” income and give them a little more sophisticated schtick. Funded by the Carnegie Endowment for Peace? Lmao

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    • Tell us more, Phil. This is interesting. Democracy Now!, if Tarpley is to be believed, is a product of Ford Foundation. NPR got a huge bump from the Kroc estate too, as I remember.

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      • Phillip Solesky says:

        No problem Mark. I talked to Daddieuhoh. I’m going to submit an article this month… And, the story about Ray Kroc is just that…a crock!

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        • Phillip Solesky says:

          By the way, Tarpley is also an upper level spook. Seems to disclose a lot, but ultimately, he hides the fact that it’s all fake BS at the upper level. To think I used to think he was the greatest historian of our time. Just another dead end.

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          • I stopped listening to him well over a year ago, no particular reason, just nothing to hold my interest. His Tax Wall Street Party sounded like a deliciously appealing way to stand on a corner holding a sign, the ultimate expression of powerlessness.

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