Friday, February 04, 2011
Alicia Shephard: Waste of NPR money
Ever wonder why it's Ava, C.I. and Ann writing pieces like "Terry Gross' new low (Ann, Ava and C.I.)" which documents that in 2010 Terry Gross couldn't even make 20% of Fresh Air's guests women? Instead of, for example, Alicia Shephard?
Shephard's supposed to be NPR's ombudsperson and, in that role, she's supposed to address the concerns of NPR's audience with the programming. Her latest 'column' is 20 long paragraphs and has damn little to do with the concerns of NPR listeners but it does allow frustrated writer Alicia to weigh in on topics she'd like. Exactly how does Shephard think she's serving NPR listeners because I've yet to see her do a damn thing that served listeners.
Less than 20% of the guests on Fresh Air were women in 2010. Alicia required 'assistance' to do a study where she was outraged that less than 26% of the speakers on Morning Edition and All Things Considered were women. Terry Gross does an entertainment program and books who she wants. She's not bound by 'topical' or 'in the news' (as her interviews with failed and forgotten rockers from the 80s so often demonstrate). And Terry can't provide an equal number of women and men.
But Alicia Shephard's not concerned about that. She'd rather write about MoveOn. Maybe, in that wonderful Circle Jerk way, MoveOn will next mention her column and . . .
When NPR next hires an ombudsperson, let's hope they actually care about their job.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"