Paul Dorn: National Public Radio Response, 05.19.03
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May 19, 2003

To "Weekend Edition Saturday"
National Public Radio
Sent by e-mail

RE: Bishop Allen Report

I found Scott Simon's interview with the band Bishop Allen incredibly insulting and irresponsible (Weekend Edition Saturday, NPR, 5/17/03). To blithely celebrate the narcissistic destructive excesses of these pampered Ivy League-educated elite "artistes" while war, poverty, hunger, and mass destruction wrack the world was incredibly insensitive, to say the least. ("Oh to be young, affluent, and care-free, ha ha ha_isn't life grand, ha ha ha_")

Where was the question: Who cleaned up your smashed furniture? (My guess is some minimum-wage maintenance staffer, a poorly paid public sanitation worker, or some other flunky.) Where was the question: Were there any impoverished neighbors who might have benefited from the donation of your "surplus" furniture? I see the "Weekend Edition Saturday" website (see below) continues to celebrate this senseless, self-centered destruction. It isn't "creative"; it isn't "fun"; it isn't "inspiring"; it isn't "cute"--it's disgusting and shameful.

It's this kind of "free pass" granted to upper class miscreants by the American mass media that leads some Ivy League sociopaths--such as our current (un-elected) president; accepted by Harvard after rejection by University of Texas, go figger--to destroy entire countries and leave the clean-up to others. This pervasive destructive behavior by privileged elites, happily celebrated on NPR, is why "ugly" Americans are so despised in so much of the world.

Shame on NPR,

Paul Dorn
San Francisco, CA

P.S. It's just such biased reporting, ceaselessly deferential to celebrated elites (if you're affluent and anti-social, you get power; if you're poor and anti-social, you get prison) that has driven me away from "National Pentagon Radio." These days I listen much more to Pacifica, the BBC, and (after brushing up my rusty French) Radio France International. Thank goodness for streaming audio.


There comes a time in the life of a young man (sic) when he must throw something from the roof. For two young musicians in Cambridge, Massachusetts, shattered dresser drawers and busted computer parts offered lyrical inspiration_.When they were in college, members of the pop music group Bishop Allen used to derive pleasure from hurling furniture off the roof of their apartment house. Now they're singing about it. Hear tracks from their debut CD, Charm School.


I cc'd this message to the band Bishop Allen, which prompted this exchange:

From: Christian Rudder []
Sent: Monday, May 19, 2003 1:35 PM
To: Paul C. Dorn
Cc: Blake Zidell
Subject: RE: Letter to Nat'l Public Radio

Aw, Paul, lighten up, lest you get thrown off the roof yourself! And anyhow, like we said, it was mostly ice, which gets cleaned up by the sun. If you actually found the story insulting, toughen up.



Paul Dorn replied:

Let 'em eat cake, eh? Not an ounce of contrition or remorse. It was juvenile then, and Bishop Allen is juvenile now. These are high times for self-indulgent egoists; gee, maybe even Ted Nugent will have a comeback. But hey, my bad for listening to NPR expecting to hear anything intelligent.

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