Karl Rove Reveals “45 Percent of NPR Listeners Were Saddam Hussein” in Latest Emission
Are you like me? Do you listen to National Public Radio? When I am stuck in traffic, I enjoy battling fits of road rage by flipping the station to NPR to catch up on the day’s events, hear about a new book or movie that might be appealing, or rediscover the antiquated approach to news coverage in the U.S.: objectivity.
It turns out that this behavior might reveal a shocking fact you or I never realized: we might be Saddam Hussein.
As we know, NPR has been in the spotlight following their recent firing of Juan Williams in response to his comments he made on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” about his fear of people in Muslim garb on airplanes. This has triggered a flash of debate among news outlets and members of the media as to whether Williams’ sacking was ethical or justified.
Perhaps the voice soundest of all in this firestorm is Karl Rove. In a debate with former Democratic Governor of Vermont, Howard Dean, about the incomparable merits of entertainment giant Fox/News Corporation vis-à-vis all other media outlets—NPR, in particular—Rove delivered his knockout punch. He boldly stated that “45 percent of NPR listeners were Saddam Hussein.”
Rove’s nugget was in response to Howard Dean’s citation of a 2003 University of Maryland poll indicating that 45 percent of Fox News viewers harbored misconceptions about the Iraq war, including the belief of a proven link between the war the the events of 9/11, compared to 11 percent of public radio and television audiences.