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NPR Has a Good Laugh Over Torture

Public Radio's <i>The Takeaway</i> reduces Gitmo detainees' suffering to "which would you rather" discussion of torture songs.
We can sneer at Rush Limbaugh and his Club G'itmo, but this morning on The Takeaway, public radio's insipid new morning pseudo-news show, a significant amount of airtime was devoted to a segment called "The Songs That Torture Us" -- a response to the well-known list of songs blasted at detainees in U.S. military prisons, which Mother Jones recently published as a sidebar to some serious articles on torture. This means that for many minutes this morning, all us good liberals in the public radio audience were regaled by a discussion of torture that reduced the issue to "Which would be a more effective song to torture you -- 'Billy, Don't Be a Hero" or 'You Light Up My Life'?"

(Listen here.)

Judging from the e-mails to the show, it appears that more listeners happily played along than objected to the segment.
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