A profound metaphor for the human condition that feeding the wrong wolf idea. I would like to add, at least in terms of NPR (and the media) that once they openly started to give Bernie the silent treatment, that they had no choice but to feature Trump otherwise the continued lack of coverage for Bernie would be very noticeable. NPR, most especially, betrayed their oft stated principles and those old fashioned ideals of objectivity, truth and fairness but also their duty as a public broadcaster to the public. They stooped to manipulation as did the corporate media but they took something more than did the MSM. What the people at NPR today took away was our hope that America was still a free nation. They choose to manipulate us which means they have elitist disdain for us. That they were also willing to dumb us down and arrogantly tell us what we should think and who we would vote for. By manipulating and restricting coverage for Bernie NPR said to us that we would not be allowed to make up our own minds based on the facts. NPR limited the facts and skewed the perception all the while pretending that they weren't pulling a fast one on us - coming from arrogance and a sense of superiority to tell us what they wanted us to do.
I am sure that the reporters and producers at NPR went around telling themselves and each other that they were exercising their rights to have personal opinions but that is the problem when you are using the public airwaves and funds to do so and taking advantage of people after presenting themselves as objective reporting instead. They betrayed our understanding of a free press and what it takes to be a free people in a democracy.
NPR was perhaps the worst offender of all the media. They are private corporations after all and do not present themselves as anything else. NPR tells us that they are public radio. They stole that from us. They left us abandoned and betrayed by the side of the road holding on to our pitiful belief in democracy and that we as people matter and that it matters how we get treated. They ...the people at NPR today stole our our last tattered hope that we still had a free press that respected us and the public's right to know.
I predict that NPR will soon do a piece about freedom of the press throughout history and feature its role in American politics. That will rinse away the sour taste in the broadcasters' mouths and allow them to feel recharged with their self induced delusions that they are exemplars of that tradition. NPR might need to do a series of treatments obliquely touching on the issue that Bernie wasn't covered fairly by the media. Won't that be nice?