Thursday, August 2, 2012

Reason #249: Minority Report(ing)

Despite its fairly tarnished public image these days, NPR is attempting to enhance its coverage of "race, ethnicity and culture" issues, hoping to reach a broader (read: less milky white) audience and better reflect the changing face of American diversity. To this end, it will use a $1.5 million grant it just received from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to set up what could be called a task force of six people whose primary responsibility is to report on stories of minority and cultural interest.

Lest we worry that the end result will be a "brown people hour" buried within its usual schedule, NPR was quick to establish that the new multicultural focus is something that will be reflected across all platforms and topics.

Considering that NPR is already something of a liberal bulwark in American culture, I'm anxious to see what a heightening of the voices of gays, blacks, immigrants, and so forth will do to their programming's already fairly one-sided worldview.

Not that I'm complaining, mind you.

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