NHPR: Agenda Journalism.


I don’t waste much time with New Hampshire Public Radio or NHPR. They have some interesting programs and subject matter but the way they report it is clearly washed and slanted to more often than not left wing issues and the individuals that espouse these causes. I also quickly tire of the excited “life is wonderful” attitude of Laura Knoy.

Last week I decided to give NHPR another chance they were reporting on something I’m familiar with and this is a place called Hardwick, Vermont. Located in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom about thirty five miles northeast of St. Johnsbury, Hardwick is a community that time and progress has passed by. A town that was once viable through agriculture and mining and an area that is now off the map in terms of access to the outside world. No interstate highways, no major waterways no reason for tourists or anyone to really come to this part of Vermont except for a few people including myself to use route 15 to go to Stowe.

Of course NHPR and Knoy start right in on Hardwick the enthusiasm flowing from her mouth like she’s eating strawberries or a box of chocolate Bon Bons, Knoy starts talking about the resurgence or Hardwick through value added ventures like organic based farming and natural foods. Of course all the individuals that are interviewed are typical Vermont. They’re not from Vermont, they have no real experience from Vermont or being in business in Vermont, they’re well educated and credentialed from outside of Vermont and all have a societal, visionary idea of how to make things better. Lastly, at least one of them has written a book (usually published in New York) and they never talk about money or exactly what it takes for their lofty intellectual ideas to become reality. I almost shut off Knoy when she started bleating about how Hardwick’s most valuable commodity could be advise and how other communities in the U.S. were looking for information on how to become like Hardwick.

Does Knoy actually believe the words that are coming out of her mouth?

Hardwick, Vermont is a train wreck. The economic conditions there are horrible. There are no jobs. Violence, domestic abuse, drugs, alcoholism and contiunal petty crime top every statistic in Vermont. And it’s clear that the state doesn’t care preferring to use its resources on other depressed areas like Newport near the Canadian border. I finally shut the drivel off when one of the interviewees started talking about the jobs that had been created in Hardwick. There are no jobs in Hardwick; the only jobs that are in Hardwick are from places like New York City and the University of California-Berkley. Including whatever trust fund, individuals and agenda is involved.

It’s clear that New Hampshire Public Radio is part of this agenda as well.