Why I love NPR and FOX…

NPR & FOXDr. Michael J. O’Connell, New Hampshire, commented that I thoroughly enjoy listening/watching these networks even though I am considered by my incredulous friends a die hard centrist.  My politics is weighted toward fiscal conservatism and social liberalism.  As I have gotten older, this personal dichotomy has only become more entrenched.  Not to mean my views on either side of the ‘great divide’ are extreme or do not change, I am actually quite malleable.  That’s the essence of my entertainment with the aforementioned networks.  I can almost always depend on the both of them to be highly polarized and seldom if ever malleable.  This tendency is powerfully disguised, so part of the fun is to recognize it – usually not difficult.

Let’s be honest, centrism is not part of NPR or Fox parlance.  So when I flip on the stations, I expect, and get, purist ideology.  I know both networks go out of their way to pretend to be free of bias, prejudice and full ofbalance….just the news without the gratuitous pandering fluff.  It’s laughable of course to a centrist, but quite instructive, as to how unnecessarily extreme, idiotic extremists think.  Both networks go through the charade of having presented both sides of an issue, inviting guest speakers who appear (and probably are) entirely convinced of their opposing hard lines.

Unfortunately for the balanced networks, the “moderators” orchestrate the “balanced” discussions in such a way that the presenter they agree with is, or should be, totally apparent to even a casual listener.  The one they disagree with is made sport of, if not castigated and demonized.  He or she is given more limited speaking time, and interrupted and challenged more often (It’s all great fun for me.  I feel like Queen Elizabeth 1, high atop her bluff witnessing the demolition of the Spanish Armada).  And in the end summary, the “moderator” has the true ‘last word,’ and it’s heavily cast in favor of…their favored guest, naturally, the one with the favored ideology.NPR & FOX3

But anyway, vaguely wishing it were otherwise does not make this entertaining nonsense go away, so I make the very best of it.  Trying to understand a gun proponent’s position that assault weapons are part of ‘sport’ and their use should be protected, is just as ridiculous as the rabid proponent of a woman’s right to choose, at any time of gestation, but who skillfully avoids the uncomfortable concept of supporting late trimester abortions – a messy affair indeed.

Rather than be disgusted or frustrated with these extreme views of NPR and Fox, I derive pleasure.  How? Pleasure that I am a thinking and feeling listener who disagrees as much with the philosophy being advanced, as with the method of advancement.  Again, it’s all great fun.

~ Dr. Michael J. O’Connell, PainCare, New Hampshire


About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see: https://michaeloconnellmdnh.wordpress.com/

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