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NPR and the News

By on 5.13.13 | 2:09PM

At around noon on Monday, May 13, I checked the home page at NPR.org to see what stories are in the lead.

There are four big headlines. Most prominent is a story about the Cleveland kidnapping victims’ escape from their horrific imprisonment. That is certainly a front page story, even though its implications for the nation may not be so great as some other stories we’re all following these days.

Next is a story on the increase in reports of sexual assault in the military since 2010. This article, posted on May 7, helpfully reports an AP report as follows:

President Barack Obama says military personnel who engage in sexual assault are betraying the uniform they are wearing. He says he has directed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to 'step up our game exponentially' to halt such assaults.

In a tough statement, Obama said he wanted members of the armed services to hear directly from their commander in chief that such behavior is not only unacceptable, but illegal and unpatriotic.

NPR wants to be sure we know that our President, as commander-in-chief, is looking out for the troops.

The third headline is: “Veterans Have Unusual Choice Thanks to Health Exchanges.” This is also a May 7 report. It states that a “Treasury Department official” explained at a hearing “recently” that veterans will have more choices than most folks when signing up for health care on state exchanges created under the “Obamacare” law. “Veterans get to decide whether they want to stick with their VA coverage or go onto the marketplaces and buy a plan there and get a tax credit if they qualify.” Riveting stuff.

Fourth, on the right hand side of the home page, is an article about objections to Tamerlan Tsarnaev being buried in Massachusetts.

The home page contains nothing, as in not one word, about either the Benghazi cover-up or the IRS campaign against conservatives.

By clicking through to the headlined stories, I did notice that, at 12:06 today, NPR posted a report that President Obama made a statement that it’s "outrageous and there's no place for it" if the Internal Revenue Service did, as it has admitted, single out conservative groups for “extra scrutiny” in recent years. The report adds, “The president also said he was not aware of what the IRS was doing until Friday's news reports about the agency's admission and apology.” (Of course, some recall him saying “We’re gonna punish our enemies,” but it would be rude to bring that up.)

Also, moving from the home page to the news page, I found that the IRS story is not one of the three headlined articles, but is one of several found by scrolling down. Even on the “news” page, however, there is nothing whatsoever – not one word -- about Benghazi.

Meanwhile, at the Daily Caller, the first eight articles posted on the home page include six on the exploding IRS scandal and two on the continuing Benghazi investigations.

Vive la différence!

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