I think NPR has been irrelevant as a news source for at least a generation. William Blum, author of “America’s Deadliest Export: Democracy” , called NPR, National Pentagon Radio because there’s always some four star general or neoconservative pundit trotting out the latest reason why we have to invade this or that country. As for the truth about the I/P conflict, you’ll never hear it there. Of course there’s a lot of junk out there, but there’s a lot in print and on television too. I think you need to know where the source is coming from. For instance, when NBC was owned by GE they were big promoters of the Iraq War. GE doesn’t just make toasters. They make weapons systems too. Big rewards for them in promoting war.
As for the Kerry comment that’s out of the playbook of one of the godfathers of the neoconservative movement, Leo Strauss. He always thought the masses were too stupid to make there own choices and had to have some invisible hand guiding them. All very authoritarian and Facist.