November 8, 2010

PUSHING BACK: So on the way home from the gym on Sundays, I often catch a bit of Zorba Paster’s medical show, from Wisconsin Public Radio, which WUOT broadcasts. He’s an interesting guy, and it’s a good show, but today he got an interesting email from a listener. Apparently in an earlier show he had mentioned the calories in a Big Mac meal and then snarkily added that, of course, no Public Radio listener would ever eat at McDonald’s. The listener emailed to note that McDonald’s has lots of healthy foods, and implicitly took him to task for snobbery, too. Paster apologized quite handsomely. I think, though, that it was a small manifestation of the Oikophobia that is all too common on NPR, and I’m glad somebody wrote to point it out.

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