Is NPR getting stale?
I ask this having recently read Jack Shafer’s filleting of Cokie Roberts (click here if you must, but be forewarned—it ain’t pretty). The nub of his beef: What he perceives as Cokie’s bland, empty-calorie beltway analysis. Says Shafer:
“Roberts doesn’t just voice the conventional wisdom; she is the conventional wisdom.”
What do you think? Carefully read his essay and peruse the lively discussion it has sparked in Slate’s discussion forum and then tell me what you think.
One thing I’m struck by: Would Shafer have written something this harsh during the NPR/Slate partnership era?