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NPR admits a liberal bias
townhall.com ^ | 10/22/03 | Brent Bozell

Posted on 10/21/2003 11:43:55 PM PDT by kattracks

National Public Radio is properly understood, even by the media, as radio by and for liberals, not the general public. As Washington Post media reporter Howard Kurtz puts it, the media landscape stretches "from those who cheer Fox to those who swear by NPR."

The only ones who seem not to know that the left has a massive, taxpayer-funded radio network of 700 affiliates are the liberals trying to sell investors on their own private-sector talk-radio network. A recent PBS "NewsHour" story on talk radio turned ridiculous when reporter Terence Smith allowed liberal-network booster Jon Sinton to proclaim: "Every day in America on the 45 top-rated talk radio stations, there are 310 hours of conservative talk. There is a total of five hours of talk that comes from the other side of the aisle."

Don't buy that for a minute. The key word in that sentence is "top-rated" stations. Sinton's upset that conservatives apparently dominate "top-rated" talk. That doesn't mean NPR doesn't have hundreds of hours of liberal talk shows, not to mention liberal "news" shows. It's just not "top-rated."

Last week, NPR's own official ombudsman, Jeffrey Dvorkin, admitted a liberal bias in NPR's talk programming. The daily program "Fresh Air with Terry Gross" -- a 60-minute talk show about the arts, literature and also politics -- airs on 378 public-radio stations across the fruited plain. Gross recently became a hot topic on journalism Web sites for first having a friendly, giggly interview with "satirist" Al Franken, promoting his obnoxious screed against conservatives on Sept. 3, and then on Oct. 8, unloading an accusatory, hostile interview on Bill O'Reilly's show. She pressed the Fox host to respond to the obnoxious attacks of Franken and other critics. Dvorkin ruled: "Unfortunately, the (O'Reilly) interview only served to confirm the belief, held by some, in NPR's liberal media bias ... by coming across as a pro-Franken partisan rather than a neutral and curious journalist, Gross did almost nothing that might have allowed the interview to develop."

The news reports on NPR should be cause for greater public concern. Under the guise of "objective news" reporting, the left is actively advancing its political agenda. On the Oct. 17 "Morning Edition," host Bob Edwards launched into a long "news" report on the flaws of the Bush foreign policy, observing: "Overall, the policies of the United States are still very unpopular around the world. The Bush Doctrine, a preference for unilateral military action and a disdain for multinational diplomacy, is under scrutiny more than ever." The Middle East "road map" was "in tatters," Iraq and Afghanistan were "highly unstable." NPR may as well have suggested it was time for a different president.

Reporter Mike Shuster was intent on driving home the theme that the Bush foreign policy may (read: we hope) one day be analyzed as an utter failure. His three primary, supposedly nonpartisan "experts" were Ivo Daalder, a member of Clinton's National Security Council; Michael Mandelbaum, a foreign policy adviser to the 1992 Clinton campaign; and John Mearshimer, a regular critic of Bush foreign policy who argued in Foreign Policy magazine that Iraq should have remained under "vigilant containment," which we could also describe as maintaining a murderous tyrant in power. Their controversial views and Clinton connections were not developed by NPR.

Perhaps the biggest public-relations problems for NPR come when its liberal reporters hit the weekend talk-show circuit and let their opinions fly wildly. On Oct. 18, NPR legal reporter Nina Totenberg pronounced from her regular panelist perch on the TV show "Inside Washington" that General Jerry Boykin, who sermonized in Christian churches with the shocking, less-than-Unitarian message that Christianity is true and other creeds are false, should be fired.

Well, that's not the way it came out. First, Totenberg said Boykin's remarks were "seriously bad stuff," and then she said, "I hope he's not long for this world." Host Gordon Peterson joked, "What is this, The Sopranos?" Withdrawing to damage-control mode, Totenberg said she didn't mean she hoped he would die, just that he shouldn't last long "in his job."

But it's Totenberg who ought to fear for her job with these outbreaks of hate speech. Totenberg used this very same TV show to wish in 1995 that if the "Good Lord" knew justice, Senator Jesse Helms will "get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it."

It's awfully ironic that a woman who has spent 30 years saying outrageous liberal things on the taxpayer dime is now attacking a general on the grounds that there ought to be some things government officials cannot say and keep their jobs. The concern over these Boykin remarks should not be about the separation of church and state. It ought to be about the separation of National Public Radio from the state.

Brent Bozell is President of Media Research Center, a TownHall.com member group.

©2003 Creators Syndicate, Inc.

Contact Brent Bozell | Read Bozell's biography



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: brentbozell; defundnpr; liberalmedia; mediabias

1 posted on 10/21/2003 11:43:55 PM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks
why are we funding NPR, PBS and liberal activist groups with tax dollars?? we don't fund conservative groups with...um.. they'd turn liberal if we did...
2 posted on 10/21/2003 11:54:01 PM PDT by GeronL (Please visit www.geocities.com/geronl)
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To: kattracks
DUH?????
3 posted on 10/22/2003 12:16:13 AM PDT by chicagolady
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To: kattracks
bump
4 posted on 10/22/2003 1:06:48 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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To: kattracks
Stop funding all arts and entertainment with stolen tax dollars.

There is no need for Public radio. Waste of taxpayer money.

5 posted on 10/22/2003 1:48:16 AM PDT by Bon mots
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To: kattracks
NPR dump, er bump
6 posted on 10/22/2003 3:57:49 AM PDT by RippleFire
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To: RippleFire
After we clean house next November, its high time public radio get yanked for good. I don't want to hear them howling about it during an election year, so I'll be patient for a bit longer.
7 posted on 10/22/2003 4:05:58 AM PDT by demkicker
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To: kattracks
NPR.. Isn't that some kind of flat bed truck or something?
8 posted on 10/22/2003 4:09:27 AM PDT by austinite
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To: kattracks
bump
9 posted on 10/22/2003 4:12:11 AM PDT by Skooz (All Hail the Mighty Kansas City Chiefs: 7-0 baby)
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To: kattracks
B U M P !
10 posted on 10/22/2003 4:13:40 AM PDT by Churchjack
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To: GeronL
why are we funding NPR, PBS and liberal activist groups with tax dollars??

Probably because there has never been enough outrage over their existence to get the congresscritters' attention.

11 posted on 10/22/2003 4:17:40 AM PDT by Grit (Tolerance for all but the intolerant...and those who tolerate intolerance etc etc)
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To: demkicker
Wasn't this supposed to happen the last time "we cleaned house"? I won't be holding my breath waiting for pols on either side of the aisle to defund NPR, NEA, or any other tax-funded black holes.
12 posted on 10/22/2003 4:24:19 AM PDT by workerbee
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To: workerbee
You have a point, but I can keep dreaming, can't I? :)
13 posted on 10/22/2003 4:27:00 AM PDT by demkicker
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To: kattracks
Bump!
14 posted on 10/22/2003 4:44:11 AM PDT by F-117A
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To: kattracks
Fire them all or defund it.
15 posted on 10/22/2003 4:44:52 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Hillary's election to President will start a civil war)
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To: GeronL
I received a solicitation from NPR for a donation this week. I printed the article in which Totenburg stated her death wish for the General, and it also reviewed her death wish for a Helms and his grandchildren.

Stapled it to the donations form with my note that they would be getting a big fat nothing from me and that I would let all my friends and acquaintences know that NPR has this hideous woman on their programming.
16 posted on 10/22/2003 4:45:07 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: kattracks
No mention of NPR's biggest commie-pinko, Daniel Shore.
17 posted on 10/22/2003 4:48:37 AM PDT by JoeGar
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To: kattracks
Defund PBS/NPR

"To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical." --Thomas Jefferson: Statute of Religious Freedom, 1779

18 posted on 10/22/2003 5:06:26 AM PDT by Drango (. . .)
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To: Grit
Probably because there has never been enough outrage over their existence to get the congresscritters' attention.

When Newt tried to defund 'em, the phone range off the hook in every critters office, from people sniviling "You're trying to kill Big Bird." Republicans beat a swift retreat

If anyone wants to see how your congresss critter voted, go to my home page (click on my name).

19 posted on 10/22/2003 5:13:06 AM PDT by Drango (Defund Pacifica/PBS/NPR)
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To: kattracks

The lovely Ms. Terry Gross.


20 posted on 10/22/2003 5:23:56 AM PDT by Fintan (Someday we'll plow into a parked car and look back on this moment)
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To: kattracks
Is there a central "Defund NPR/PBS" group with a ping list and BGIC (big guy in charge)

If so, please add me to the ping list.
21 posted on 10/22/2003 5:45:07 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (Proudly posting without reading the article since October 12, 2003)
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To: Bon mots
**** Stop funding all arts and entertainment with stolen tax dollars. ****

Amen and amen! I'm sure there's a separation clause in the Constitution some where that would support this. No more tax-payer funded jars of urine, lesbian movies, homosexual off off Broadway plays, or liberal unctions via NPR.
22 posted on 10/22/2003 5:52:08 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: Fierce Allegiance; Drango
I believe Drango runs the NPR/PBS ping list....see #19 and his homepage.

Please add me also....

23 posted on 10/22/2003 8:36:02 AM PDT by Wheee The People (Do not read past this line, under penalty of law.)
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To: Fintan
That picture absolutely screams,"I AM A COMMUNIST LOYALIST, A GAY RIGHTS SUPPORTER,AN AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE HATER, AN APPOLOGIST, I LIKE WOMEN AND I WANT TO BE A MAN!"
24 posted on 10/22/2003 11:39:48 AM PDT by Hillarys nightmare
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To: AD from SpringBay
don't forget to defund the activist groups too
25 posted on 10/22/2003 6:24:32 PM PDT by GeronL (Please visit www.geocities.com/geronl)
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To: kattracks
With regards to the forthcoming "liberal network", rumor has it it will be on the air soon and will be known as "National Public Radio" :)

As for liberal bias and those who feel there IS none,
a quote from Bernard Goldberg's new book, "Arrogance". Jay Leno is quoted in the book as saying on his show: "A group of venture capitalists are in the process of developing their own liberal radio network to counter conservative shows like Rush Limbaugh. They feel the liberal viewpoint is not being heard--except on TV, in the movies, in music, by comedians, in magazines, and newspapers. OTHER THAN THAT, it's not getting out!"

Goldberg: "The joke got a big laugh, which ought to tell us something, since the audience wasn't made up of the Young Right-Wing Conservatives of America--just your regular Middle-American types..."
26 posted on 11/09/2003 8:23:19 AM PST by raccoonradio
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