Spring is here, which can only mean
one thing: the public radio pledge drive. You’ve heard it before.
The fundraisers’ points all revolve around the theme of what a
wonderfully valuable service public radio provides: While other
media are cutting back on coverage, toeing a partisan line, or
selling out to the sleazy dollar of sensationalism, you need a
voice you can trust to bring you in-depth coverage of the stories
that matter. That sort of guff.
But the pledge drive also reveals an important fact about our
world, writes A. Barton Hinkle. And that fact is this: Public-radio
listeners are moochers. Brazen, shameless welfare kings and queens,
sponging off the generosity of others. Not all of them, mind you. A
small percentage contribute. But the vast majority are—how to put
this gently?—good-for-nothing, deadbeat, leeching, parasitic,
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