NPR torched for article on how to ‘cope’ with ‘stressful news cycle’ as Ukrainians fight for their lives

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National Public Radio (NPR) was relentlessly mocked by its audience after reporting on how readers can deal with the”shock to the system” that the “reality of the conflict” between Russia and Ukraine is inflicting on the world.

The publicly-funded news outlet coddled its readers with an article outlining “5 ways to cope with the stressful news cycle” on Friday which urged readers to “care” for themselves in between bravely reading reports on the war in Ukraine where people are taking up arms to protect themselves.

“Russia’s attack on Ukraine means there’s a stressful news cycle ahead of us. The reality of conflict is always a shock to the system,” the tweet sharing the article read.

“When the news is scary, it’s easy to get lost in our own heads. Reach out to loved ones instead. That could look like sitting down to write an actual letter to a relative, spending time with neighbors or playing games with family,” read one suggestion from author Andee Tagle.

The helplessly unaware article was met with a tsunami of backlash from fellow media pundits and readers alike.


Politico columnist Jack Shafer noted that the article was “The stupidest thing NPR has ever proposed, and that’s saying a lot.”

“I’m all for mental health awareness and therapeutic care. This thread provides for neither. It’s just a lifestyle guide for narcissists,” senior opinion editor for the Daily Beast, Anthony Fisher, replied.


“These people really do not envision their audience as grown adults,” Dan McLaughlin, senior writer at National Review replied.

“This sort of discourse drives me absolutely bananas and I think it is a direct result of media being increasingly dominated by people from super-privileged backgrounds,” another person responded on social media.

A Yale professor of Social and Natural Science chimed in to blast the absurdity of the article that suggested readers “do what feels good for your body and helps you get out of your head” which included tips to deep clean or redecorate in an effort to destress from the news cycle.

BBC presenter Simon Schama responded to the author’s suggestion to seek refuge in the kitchen as a “safe space” where readers can disconnect from the news by making “Grandpa’s famous lasagna.”

Another social media tweet suggested that the author might want to check her fragility at the door, with a picture demonstrating what real stress might look like.

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