News Bubble Swap: Day 7

Today’s headlines with NPR’s Jack Speer

A year ago at about this exact moment in time my commute was 90 minutes twice a day. In that time I was able to listen to nearly the entire NPR drive time show. Now my commute is about 5 minutes and so I don’t get nearly the listening time in. So I try to arrange my drive to line up with the headlines that come about every thirty minuets. I feel that it gives me a pretty good snapshot for the important stories of the day.

For this week though I changed the radio over to local AM talk radio. During my commute I mainly heard ads.

I listened to two days of Glenn Beck’s podcasts while at work though and he spent the majority of his time trying to convince me that there was an elaborate liberal conspiracy behind Bill O’Reilly leaving Fox news and that we were stupid if we thought that this was only about a dirty old man being inappropriate to his female co-workers. I think Glenn gives Media Matters WAY MORE credit than they deserve. The idea that Fox News would bow down to the left wing libtards kind of goes against everything they’ve built their empire on over the last twenty years.

My take, Bill was getting expensive. You don’t get a 20 year career in network television without getting a nice sizable paycheck, unless your agent sucks. Add on top of that the mounting number of settlements they were paying out, this was a way for them to cut their losses and force all future settlements to come out of Bill’s book royalties rather than News Corps’ balance sheet.

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