Rally near Vietnam Memorial, click to enlarge

Campaign to make NPR accountable
for representing Lockheed-Martin over the people
When we tried to stop a war from starting

NPR: "We never forget who we're working for." (listen to sound clip)
Millions of dollars from Lockheed-Martin, Wal-Mart, big oil....
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NPR Ombudsman is defensive about Monsanto on June 16, 2009, "NPR is Not Running Monsanto Spots" and claims because the money is funneled through WAMU, then it doesn't count. This is what the mafia claims on their drug profits.

On October 26, 2002, over 100,000 people came to the Vietnam Memorial in D.C. to protest U.S. foreign policy, mainly the coming attack on Iraq. Organizers and those on the ground said there were over 200,000 people. UPI, Washington Post, and L.A. Times all estimated that over 100,000 rallied. Meanwhile, on National Public Radio, Nancy Marshall was on the scene, and reported, "I'd say there were fewer than ten thousand."

She also reported that protesters agreed with Bush that "we need to do something in Iraq." Thousands of protest signs (see below) with slogans along the lines of "Regime Change in U.S." and "Stop U.S. terror," clearly showed that the majority of protesters think "we need to do something" in the United States, not Iraq. Its also hard to imagine that she actually found a protester who said they would support U.S. to "ratchet up sanctions."

  • To see more news and hear clips from the October 26, 2002 war protest coverage by NPR, scroll down below.

    Latest evidence of Lockheed-Martin influence over NPR:

  • April 13, 2010: Biotech Crops Are Good For Earth, Report Finds
    by Richard Harris

    "Over the past 14 years, three of the nation's biggest cash crops have quietly become genetically engineered crops. These days, 80 percent of the corn, cotton and soybeans are the products of biotech."

    Seriously? Listen to story. How about an opposing view?

    First, from the BBC about the U.S. involvement in El Salvador:

    "To defeat the rebels, the US equipped and trained an army which kidnapped and disappeared more than 30,000 people, and carried out large-scale massacres of thousands of old people women and children." - BBC, By Tom Gibb, March 24, 2002

  • April 6, 2010: This NPR article below pretends the U.S. was not involvement. It says, "The big questions really have to do with who was the power structure" and does not mention the United States.

    see story, "Decades Later, New Details In Oscar Romero Death"

  • October 8, 2009: Trust the stock market. Love the Wall Street financial system. Keep your money in stocks, no matter what. Don't protect yourself. Don't buy gold. This is the message we continually received from Public Radio's Market Place.

    "Inflation? What inflation? There is no inflation out there. There's not enough demand. I mean, you know what? This gold? It's a bubble. It's got all the signs of a bubble." Listen to story.

  • July 19, 2007: Parents of autistic kids are suing over the mercury dangers in vaccines (Wash Post 6/10/07). But that is no issue NPR would bring up at the risk of offending its sponsors. Its in the news, but ignored in this NPR story. Listeners were upset, but some cheers to NPR for reading the letters from upset parents.

  • July 18, 2007: "Wal-Mart. Providing jobs and opportunities for millions of Americans of all ages and all walks of life." How much money does Wal-Mart give to NPR? (NY Times 8/16/2004) Enough to buy some good press coverage. Tainted products from China aren't blamed on the importer of the products, in this NPR story. Wal-mart is being sued only because the lawyers can't sue the "real" perpetrators?!

    But then it gets worse. NPR runs a commentary afterwards about how its not even worth trying to boycott products! Please don't be discouraged by NPR's corproate backers. Use Free cycle for recycling products within your area, and search "green products" on the web for purchasing new products.

  • October 10, 2006: Ex-NPR reporter Sarah Chayes discusses NPR refusal to cover the real story about the US and the Taliban. Is NPR blatantly hiding the facts behind the US role in the Middle East? What is the real role of the US and why won't NPR cover it?

  • May 9, 2006: The Moussaoui trial is finally over, after 4 years of the government prosecutors not finding a shred of evidence, except the constantly changing ravings of a mentally unstable man. He changed his story again, for the 5th time, and says not guilty. The trial is over, but for NPR, the trial was over a long time ago. Repetition works, and if NPR frames the case in their own perspective enough times, he loses in the jury of NPR listeners.

  • May 3, 2006: NPR attacks Bolivia? The CIA installed nazi-style dictatorships across latin American for 50 years, like Pinoche in Chile in 1973. This mainly happens when these countries use their "fundamental means for recovering our sovereignty" as Bolivian President Evo Morales recently said. Is NPR Fair and Balanced after the announcement from Bolivia? The whole tone of this show is negative, and condescending. (listen to story)
  • "Bolivia will be hurt a lot more than the foreign companies....ultimately a sad story..."
  • "It doesn't have the money man power or technology to develop its natural gas fields on its own. .... It needs foreign companies to do the work"
  • Thanks NPR, what would the CIA do without your support!

  • Friday, January 13, 2006: Happy New Years NPR, and thanks for broadcasting one of the most blatantly twisted reports with no regard to the truth played in months. In 2004, the popular and fairly elected President of Haiti was ousted in a coup supported militarily and financially by the U.S. and other western powers. This was so obvious, and apparent, that even NPR had to admit this in their coverage. In fact, NPR's coverage of this coup was admirable. "But the rebels are only a few hundred men strong, and the Port-a-Prince residents still appear to be largely behind their President. Today some 10,000 people marched past the national palace, calling the opposition terrorists... 'I have come to fight for my country .... we don't like the way white people deal with us.' [he] is referring to France and the U.S.... The rebels enjoy the support of France and the United States." (NPR February 28, 2004). Since this coup, the United Nations troops backed by U.S. and France have been terrorizing the population, and supporters of Aristide. Protesters recently denounced the U.N. "peacekeepers."

    Now NPR has a different view of what happened in Haiti in their January 13, 2006, Morning Edition coverage. In fact, now they blatantly take a stand against Aristide! They give the impression that the coup was a popular revolution, and that the Aristide supporters are the terrorists. See story. NPR's Steve Inskeep, "All of this comes just two years after a revolution in Haiti that swept out a government without leaving much in its place." Then for fair and balanced reporting, NPR interviews the United Nation's mission Chief. NPR leads the interviewee -- to blame supporters of Aristide for the violence:

    NPR's Steve Inskeep: "Is it fair to say that supporters of Jean-Bertrand Aristide the Hatian President who was ousted by the revolution almost two years ago, whose now in exile... that supporters of Aristide still control parts of the capital city, and thats part of the problem?"

    Haiti's U.N. Mission Chief Juan Gabriel Valdes plays ball: "I would say that its a fact that there are enemies of the democratic process, and there are people who fear the elections and do not want elections, gangs that in the past who were seen and linked to the Aristide regime continue to be armed, and continue to cause problems to the election."

    July 20, 2005, NPR takes on Supreme Court nominations. But these is a strange pattern to NPR's coverage. First, John G. Roberts, but NPR in their initial Roberts coverage makes it seem hopeless to beat this nominee, setting the stage for dampening any dissent. This perfect candidate sat on a judge panel "allowed Bush to resume the use of military officers to conduct trials of terrorist suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba." according to the Washington Post on Aug. 17, 2005 While helping Bush deny prisoners basic human rights, Roberts was "interviewing for a possible Supreme Court nomination with top Bush administration officials at the same time," a conflict of interest. But what does NPR say on July 20:

    But in a demonstration of just how hard it will be for opponents to get traction for a fight against Roberts, consider the fact the President Clinton's lawyer Robert Bennett defended Roberts against such criticism, calling the nomination superb: "Had a democratic president won he wouldn't be picking John Roberts because hes a conservative, but I think those people have got to sit back and think long and hard before they attack an excellent jurist and somebody who I think will prove to be a superb Supreme Court Justice."

    Yet, when Bush nominates Harriet Miers, the word "cronyism" seems to be immediately mentioned in the NPR Morning Edition, October 3, 2005 story. NPR says immediately that Democrats and Conservatives won't be happy on this one. Unfortunately, NPR helped crush the only non-male candidate, and the most supported candidate among Democrats.

    But when Bush taps Judge Samuel Alito, NPR doesn't seem to think its worth fighting this one either, and he doesn't get the Harriet Miers treatment.

  • March 15, 2005: NPR covers-up the torture scandals! On March 14, various papers report a torture Army criminal investigation, concerning numerous deaths of prisoners. Some were beaten, hung by wrists, chained to the ceiling. One article quotes the Army report saying, "The attacks on the prisoner were so severe that "even if he had survived, both legs would have had to be amputated." It sounds bad! Thank god for NPR!! Its not so bad after all. They quickly put together a story, and hope none of us read the paper. The NPR story they call "Defining Torture" claims that the torture is within legal limits. In fact, at most they are "making subjects physically or psychologically uncomfortable during interrogations" with sleep depravation, or maybe loud music. That doesn't sound so bad. I thought people died, but I guess not. Thanks NPR for clearing that up!

  • February 14, 2005: This guy must be from Lockheed Martin. (listen to story) This segment is nothing but praise for the missile defense system. Another test doesn't work, but this guy re-assures us that it works fine despite the tests, and its worth it. How about an opposing view, NPR? There won't be, and local NPR station (and Lockheed $$ funnel WAMU) blatantly played their Lockheed Martin ad after this story, describing their role in the Missile Defense. Listen to ad played on NPR, praising missile defense Thanks for being honest, at least.

  • November 11, 2004: Election Fraud? Horrid journalism, even for NPR. Immedately after the election, NPR begins to blame the Democrats for a big Bush win... even though dozens of counties in Florida and Ohio are reporting more votes for Bush, than possible voters! New York Times reported that one Ohio county received 700% possible votes for Bush. These "glitches" all over the country all favor Bush. Congress members are demanding an investigation. NPR moves in, and does its coverup. The voting discrepancies are explained away as "minor", and any further discussion NPR calls a "conspiracy theory." Any Administration ties or ownership of voting machines (how about the mob ties) is dismissed. Thanks National Pentagon Radio, for calling the public concerns on election day crazy conspiracy theories!
  • November 11, 2004: After one of the most pathetic attempts at "journalism," NPR immediately follows up with Nutkin, the Squirrel! NPR wants to tell us of the "Couple Allowed to Maintain Squirrel Custody" ! Isn't there a war going on?

  • June 9, 2004: President Reagan supported brutal slaughters againts Latin Americans and drove this country into massive debt, exchanged arms with Iran, then forgot what he did... a friend of the elite. Thats why the corporate media spent 5 days covering every moment of his funeral. Whats NPR's excuse? All shows, National, local, were all pre-empted so we can hear play-by-play blows of the Reagan parade on NPR all week, even better coverage than Fox News! Many of us complained, but we didn't hear our complaints on the "letters" show.

  • May 28, 2004: If you don't believe the Oswald single bullet theory, you're an idiot. Thats what NPR implies with a subtle comment while reviewing dumb action movie, "Day After Tomorrow." Reviewer says, "OK, OK, it's hollwood, nobody's going to believe it anyway, right?" Then another voice comes on and says, "Actually, Richard, remember Oliver Stone's JFK? People sometimes believe more than you might hope." Maybe NPR would like to investigate what happened to JFK? Probably not.

  • March 31, 2004: As usual, NPR pretends Pacifica and Democracy Now doesn't exist. NPR promotes new well-funded commercial "liberal" network, the day before the launch in "Liberal Radio to Hit Airwaves" on March 30 2004. And day of launch on March 31, 2004, in "Air America."

  • February 12, 2003: The indigenous people of Mexico started the Zapatista revolution, a people's movement in Chiapas. NPR rarely has anything nice to say, and today, they claim the Zapatista rebels are attacking random white people ( Listen to Story). Way to scare your listeners, NPR: "NPR's Gerry Hadden reports that tourists in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas risk attack by Zapatista rebels there. The State Department has issued a travel warning. And rebels have already attacked an American hotel owner and his staff."

  • August 14, 2003: Again NPR repeats a story about how the "Zapatista rebels" are attacking random white people. Who says ExxonMobile, General Electronic, and Lockheed Martin aren't getting their moneys worth with NPR?

  • May 13, 2003: Benjamin Franklin said if we give up Liberty for Security, we deserve neither. NPR (Listen to story) says we shouldn't be alarmed by the changing balance of civil liberties and National Security. This is the day after running a story of alleged terrorist and United States citizen, Jose Padilla, who was never even able to see a lawyer. (listen to story)

    Once again, Liberty vs. Security. At least NPR plays two sides to this issue, of whether or not to create an American Police State, and eliminating Posse Comitatus. Morning Edition, October 17, 2005: "Some people fear giving Washington too much power. But Posse Comitatus doesn't limit the power of governors to command national guard forces. Why do we fear the power of the President more than that of the nation's governors? And any president who abused his power over American citizens would suffer enormously including the threat of impeachment. The uniform code of military justice would continue to hold our troops accountable for their actions. They would not be above the law."

    A decent opposing view was offered the next day, for reasons why we shouldn't be a police state. Thanks for letting us know there was an alternative, NPR.

  • April 4, 2003: WAR COVERAGE! Anne Garrels from Baghdad, on Morning Edition, says that Iraqis confident of American accuracy and indeed the bombings and missiles have seem to been struck with astonishing precision. (listen to wav clip or see whole story) This is a clearly different perspective from the reporter who wrote: "The 'clean war' has become the dirtiest of wars, the bloodiest, the most destructive. Smart weapons have become deliberately stupid, blindly killing people in markets and popular neighborhoods." (see article)
  • April 2, 2003: NPR blatantly wants us to know they support our troops for "defending freedom."
  • March 31, 2003: We can feel good about the war, because according to NPR (listen to story), "Life Goes On in Baghdad in Face of Blitz." Anne Garrels says, "life there seems remarkably close to normal."
  • March 27, 2003: War Diaries: Two widows who lost their husbands Sept. 11 talk about the war in Iraq. (listen to story) Typical war story, NPR wants us to think only two opinions exist: Those who support the war, and those who oppose war except once its already started. Ignores the millions who want a regime change at home.

  • February 24, 2003: NPR completely white-washes "Gulf War Syndrome" story. (listen to story) Doesn't even mention Depleted Uranium, blames indigestion.
  • March 19, 2003: As war begins, its clear that NPR will do nothing to offend the Pentagon, nor offend "Lockheed Martin, we never forget who we're working for." There are no real stories questioning the war, and nothing questioning Lockheed Martin supplies, like Depleted Uranium missiles, responsible for cancer everywhere, and Gulf War Syndrome.

  • November 8, 2002: Today's stories on NPR: how effective the new automated Airforce is at assasinations; And on the Catholic Church, "nobody wants to hear what the Bishops have to say about anything. Not about war with Iraq... " Beating the drums for war seems to be NPR's full time job these days. NPR is not getting the point. But they are getting the defense contractor money.

    NPR's attempt to stifle dissent before the war...

  • October 29, 2002: The Pacifica radio's WPFW station discussed rally coverage on the show "Peace Watch." NPR representative Jeffrey Dvorkin spoke to defend Nancy Marshall, and also to discuss coverage was Peter Hart of FAIR. Although Jeff admitted that the attendance numbers were inaccurate, nobody addressed the other slanted comments concerning protesters.
  • October 30, 2002: The nation wide Pacifica show Democracy Now ran a show also concerning NPR (and New York Times) coverage. Once again, the slanted comments aside from the miscount were not addressed by NPR. You can listen to this show by clicking here.
  • October 30,2002: NPR issues an on-air correction! Once again, they only address the mis-count issue, ignoring other slanderous content of the report:
    [On Saturday October 26th, in a story on the protest in Washington DC against a US war with Iraq, we erroneously reported on All Things Considered that the size of the crowd was "fewer than 10,000". While Park Service employees gave no official estimate, it is clear that the crowd was substantially larger than that. On Sunday October 27, we reported on Weekend Edition that the crowd estimated by protest organizers was 100,000. We apologize for the error.]
  • This "correction" is FALSE! Although the online Sunday transcript says 100,000 (read this transcript) you can listen to the actually Sunday report, in which Nancy Marshall claims "over 10,000." The transcript is literally altered, and doesn't match the actually report.
  • October 31, 2002: NPR Letters: on Thursday, NPR reads weekly letters, but ignores the majority of the letters; those about Nancy Marshall's report. Listen to NPR letters about sex offenders and Vogue magazine
  • January 20, 2003: After covering protests slightly better, NPR decides to retaliate on the "Fire Nancy" Campaign by running indepth story on how hard it is to "estimate the number" of protesters in a demonstration. (see story or listen to story) This illustrates NPR's attempt to distract their demeaning coverage of the protesters as merely "flaws in counting."

    See October 26 2002 NPR Protest coverage, and pictures:

    Page 1, Washington Post:
    100,000 Rally, March Against War in Iraq
    By Monte Reel and Manny Fernandez

    Los Angeles Times:
    More than 100,000 antiwar demonstrators turn out at the White House
    "...they said as many as 200,000 had come."

    Listen to sound clip of Nancy Marshall on NPR
    NPR: "They had said there would be 100,000 people here.
    I'd say there were fewer than 10,000...
    They did accomplish their goal of actually marching
    around the White House in one continuous stream of people.
    It is a little bit thin in some areas." ?

    line of protesters around Whitehouse

    NPR: "...and I have to say that I think the organizers of this
    march were a little bit to the left than the people actually
    marching; a lot of people said lets work with United Nations,
    maybe even lets ratchet up the sanctions against Iraq,
    but lets not go to war... sanctions could be a way to go."

    listen to Nancy Marshall

    Listen to Entire segment, NPR October 26 protest coverage

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