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NPR reporter pressured over Fox role (Mara Liasson)
The Politico ^ | DEcember 7, 2009 | Josh Gerstein

Posted on 12/07/2009 6:25:55 AM PST by libstripper

Executives at National Public Radio recently asked the network’s top political correspondent, Mara Liasson, to reconsider her regular appearances on Fox News because of what they perceived as the network’s political bias, two sources familiar with the effort said.

According to a source, Liasson was summoned in early October by NPR’s executive editor for news, Dick Meyer, and the network’s supervising senior Washington editor, Ron Elving. The NPR executives said they had concerns that Fox’s programming had grown more partisan, and they asked Liasson to spend 30 days watching the network.

At a follow-up meeting last month, Liasson reported that she’d seen no significant change in Fox’s programming and planned to continue appearing on the network, the source said.

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Most of us here on FR view Mara and Juaun Williams as somewhat irritating libs but, at least I, still enjoy watching them mix it up on Fox News and would never consider censoring them. No so for the Obamunists, who view free speech as something they, and they alone, have.
1 posted on 12/07/2009 6:25:56 AM PST by libstripper
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To: libstripper

This morning on NPR they had a report on the declining American belief that climate change is human-caused. They hit on every pro-AGW talking point while ignoring the 800-pound gorilla - that maybe, just maybe, the skeptics are right. Juan mirrored the same approach on his appearance on Fox News Sunday - so you’d think the NPR types would WANT to have a liberal to present the usual talking points on Fox.


2 posted on 12/07/2009 6:28:22 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: libstripper

I think that it is only fair and right that Fox has folks on with the other view, that is what true journalism is about, unlike MSNBC.


3 posted on 12/07/2009 6:28:29 AM PST by ohiogrammy (12)
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To: libstripper

Let me just say that it wouldn’t bother me if I never heard Mara Liasson again, and I resent her being paid with my tax dollars. But for NPR to criticize Fox for bias is ludicrous in its pot-kettle-black hypocrisy.


4 posted on 12/07/2009 6:29:38 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: libstripper

NPR......thinks FOX is bias? Is this some sort of joke?


5 posted on 12/07/2009 6:29:55 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: libstripper
...because of what they perceived as the network’s political bias...

But if she were on CNN or PMSNBC it would be okay?...............what hypocrites!..........THEY DON"T SEE BIAS ON THEIR SIDE?......I'm shocked!......................

6 posted on 12/07/2009 6:30:38 AM PST by Red Badger (Al Gore is the Bernie Madoff of environmentalism. He belongs in jail. - Unknown Blogger)
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To: libstripper; Admin Moderator

NPE should be NPR


7 posted on 12/07/2009 6:30:43 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (Public healthcare looks like it will work as well as public housing did.)
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To: libstripper

So the NPR execs solution to the bias on Fox is to pull off the libs? No wonder they need public funding to survive.


8 posted on 12/07/2009 6:34:03 AM PST by dblshot
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To: PapaBear3625

I hate it the keyboard jumps to the lrgy! ;-)


9 posted on 12/07/2009 6:34:57 AM PST by SubMareener (Become a monthly donor! Free FreeRepublic.com from Quarterly FReepathons!)
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To: libstripper

Mara and Juan are slowly becoming Hannitized ... I believe there is hope for both

Their party bosses .... err employers....calling them in and telling them where to work and where NOT to work, is rather pathetic for a journalist


10 posted on 12/07/2009 6:35:47 AM PST by silverleaf (More folks being invited to the White House for Holiday parties than are being sent to Afghanistan)
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To: libstripper

Heck far more people hear NPR views on Fox News than they ever would listening to NPR itself.


11 posted on 12/07/2009 6:36:58 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: Red Badger
THEY DON"T SEE BIAS ON THEIR SIDE?......

Free speech for me and not for thee!

Makes you kind of wonder when the libs get their "Fairness Doctrine" passed how bad it will get.

BTW - I used to listen to NPR on my way to work but stopped in 2002 when it became -- Bush Bashing and Chaney Complaining Central. I began to notice the stories they didn't carry were the ones I needed to learn more about on FR!

12 posted on 12/07/2009 6:38:35 AM PST by BeAllYouCanBe (Until Americans love their own children more than they love Nancy Pelosi this suicide will continue.)
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To: libstripper
They whine that FOX is too "partisan" while trying to pressure the lib pundits who appear on the network not to go on?

The fact she is on FOX proves the balanced approach they take unlike the other networks...

13 posted on 12/07/2009 6:39:04 AM PST by NMEwithin
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To: dirtboy

Nah. This is orders from Rahm. Isolate, personalize, destroy. They want to stop people from going on Fox to marginalize the network.


14 posted on 12/07/2009 6:40:50 AM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: PapaBear3625; Admin Moderator

True enough. Got to proofread EVERYTHING.


15 posted on 12/07/2009 6:41:05 AM PST by libstripper
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To: BeAllYouCanBe

They want to be the gatekeepers of truth as they see it. They only want you to hear/see what they want you the hear/see. THAT is why they hate Fox soooooo much it makes them ill.....................


16 posted on 12/07/2009 6:43:49 AM PST by Red Badger (Al Gore is the Bernie Madoff of environmentalism. He belongs in jail. - Unknown Blogger)
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To: libstripper

NPR Politburo: “Fox is radically biased to the right so it is essential for us to force our most liberal commentator to never express our viewpoint there!”

Welcome to NPR, the voice of Bizarro World.


17 posted on 12/07/2009 6:46:33 AM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution - 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: libstripper

“...they asked Liasson to spend 30 days watching the network. “

After that failed, she’ll be sent to a “re-education” camp run by ACORN.


18 posted on 12/07/2009 6:49:08 AM PST by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
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To: TC Rider

This is OUR tax money that pays, in large part, for NPR. It should not be a mouthpiece for one party, which it has been for the past 40 years. Fox is much more balanced than NPR and its minions (such as LBJ aide and Vietnam-losing startegist Bill Moyers). NOT WITH OUR MONEY!


19 posted on 12/07/2009 6:49:45 AM PST by laconic
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To: libstripper

Don’t you think it is odd that when Fox wants a lib they get them from NPR? Isn’t that pretty much a declaration by NPR that their reporters are left biased?


20 posted on 12/07/2009 6:50:07 AM PST by Bob Buchholz
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To: libstripper

When it comes to telling the truth, NPR is NPO.


21 posted on 12/07/2009 6:52:07 AM PST by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
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To: libstripper
Mara LIES and Brit used to call her on it all the time and she would just say.."Of course" and move on!

I WISH Fox would get rid of her, but they won't.

22 posted on 12/07/2009 6:53:00 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: libstripper

Juan and Mara are useful if for no other reason that seeing what inanities a true believer will spout in defense of the indefensible. They are a tool to use in building an argument against the left wing talking points because you are certain to get them undiluted from these two.

Then when faced with a leftists who wants to argue, if you have listened to these two and dissected their blather you will be better armed to break down every lie, every half truth or misdirection and devastate their positions with fact.

So I’m all for Fox News keeping Mara and Juan on the job and active as a teaching aid.

I wouldn’t mind seeing Fox dump that oozing dogs penis ellis henican though, he is absent a single redeeming quality.


23 posted on 12/07/2009 6:55:17 AM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: silverleaf

“Mara and Juan becoming Hannitized”

Well......every time Juan starts talking common sense, a trigger topic like `global warming’ turns him right back into a kneejerk liberal. Re Climategate, he digs his heels in and says “don’t confuse me with facts!”

And Mara Liasson, her roots are deep in NPR. BTW, I was listening to her thirty-five years ago on “Morning Sedition” and she looks amazingly good on TV. But watch her eyes: when Fred Barnes or another conservative is holding forth, those peepers go nuclear with a stare that could burn through plate steel.

Anyway, NPR has no business telling her or anyone else where they can guest appear. That’s fascism.


24 posted on 12/07/2009 6:55:51 AM PST by elcid1970 ("O Muslim! My bullets are dipped in pig grease!")
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To: dblshot

You nailed it.


25 posted on 12/07/2009 6:56:33 AM PST by listenhillary (I believe AGW is real now. It was caused by scientists and greenies LYING!)
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To: libstripper
I really wish that the people making these kind of decisions at NPR could be entirely deported, and replaced with people trained in logic & reason and in the scientific method.

And they can take that very UN-funny woebegone fool along with them.

Commercial radio is simply so grim with ad after ad after ad of people screaming about credit reports or the IRS, it is simply becoming intolerable to listen to; meantime NPR is Leftie Central, and who knows what is going to happen to the merger of Sirus-XM satellite radio -- they debuted a brand new radio called THE MIRGE, but it's only for autos, you have to buy all sorts of extra stuff to make it a home version of satellite radio. Dangerously STRANGE people are running that corporation, LOL

26 posted on 12/07/2009 6:58:14 AM PST by hennie pennie
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To: libstripper

Liasson has been on Fox for years so why is NPR pressuring Mara to give up her Fox gig now?

Could have someone from the Obama administration had a little talk with NPR about their reporters being on Fox? Or are NPR listeners saying that they won’t give money to NPR as long as a Fox contributer is being employed by NPR?


27 posted on 12/07/2009 6:59:13 AM PST by Ticonderoga34 (Free Obama's Birth Certificate!)
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To: libstripper

I wonder how Fox feels about their reporters that NPR invites onto NPR shows?

Oh...right. There aren’t any. Boy, Fox sure is biased. Yep, Fox is.


28 posted on 12/07/2009 6:59:19 AM PST by Spike Knotts
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To: libstripper

To date, she has never denied that her baby born just days after the end of her stint as NPR correspondent to the Clinton White House was Bubba Spawn


29 posted on 12/07/2009 6:59:21 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Lukenbach Texas is barely there)
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To: libstripper
Liasson reported that she’d seen no significant change in Fox’s programming and planned to continue appearing on the network

Good on yer, Mara!

There has been absolutely no change in Fox's *news* programming. It's still professional and balanced, unlike most other cable news channels which present only the liberal view. NPR itself deals heavily in op-ed type opinion programming and can't seem to distinguish the "Beck/O'Reilly Opinion Effect" from actual news. I wonder if the NPR execs ever monitor Matthews and Olbermann?

30 posted on 12/07/2009 7:03:07 AM PST by Bernard Marx ("Civilizations die by suicide, not from murder" Toynbee)
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To: libstripper

My toughts too. There goes freedom of speech and freedom of press.


31 posted on 12/07/2009 7:03:21 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: libstripper

She’s no dummy. She knows she’s much more recognized as a Fox News panel guest than a contributor to NPR.


32 posted on 12/07/2009 7:03:51 AM PST by nomoremods
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To: Red Badger

The fish says “what water”?


33 posted on 12/07/2009 7:04:01 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: libstripper

I wonder if this is part of a larger plan to remove all libs from Fox News. This would then allow them to claim that FNC is unbalanced, and might be a prelude to some sort of more sinister strategy.


34 posted on 12/07/2009 7:04:38 AM PST by Scutter
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To: bert
>>> "To date, she has never denied that her baby born just days after the end of her stint as NPR correspondent to the Clinton White House was Bubba Spawn" <<<

LOL, that's all new to me.

35 posted on 12/07/2009 7:05:39 AM PST by hennie pennie
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To: Rummyfan

Amazing isn’t it. When I was younger I used to listen to NPR constantly. Now that I am wiser I only listen to AM radio,but now I am listening to Christmas music


36 posted on 12/07/2009 7:07:21 AM PST by mel
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To: Psycho_Bunny

yes—but only those NOT at NPR get the punchline....


37 posted on 12/07/2009 7:07:35 AM PST by eeevil conservative (GIVE ME A PLACE TO STAND AND I WILL MOVE THE EARTH....Archimedes)
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To: libstripper

don’t go on fox any more (orders from O-hole and Rahm)


38 posted on 12/07/2009 7:11:00 AM PST by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: libstripper
NPR: "Look, we’re down the middle”

BARF ALERT! BARF ALERT! Just listen to the liberal babble spewed on NPR's Diane Rehm Show sometime.

39 posted on 12/07/2009 7:15:22 AM PST by JoeGar
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To: Psycho_Bunny

We wish FOX was biased.

They’re way too moderate for me and way too conservative for NPR - proving again that how one views others depends on where one is standing.


40 posted on 12/07/2009 7:15:28 AM PST by Let's Roll (Stop paying ACORN to destroy America! Cut off their government funding!)
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To: Dr.Zoidberg
I wouldn’t mind seeing Fox dump that oozing dogs penis ellis henican though, he is absent a single redeeming quality.

I was watching O'Reilly once when he had Dennis Miller on. This followed a segment in which BOR had talked to Hennican. During the Miller segment, O'Reilly and Miller were discussing a ridiculous non-story about a zoo with a "gay" penguin. Miller said "who cares about a story about gay Hennicans!?"

Freudian slip, maybe?

41 posted on 12/07/2009 7:16:21 AM PST by Sans-Culotte (Make Hasan the new Willie Horton; brand the left as dangerous Diversity freaks!)
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To: libstripper

NPR has a issue with “political bias”.
Well isn’t that rich!!!!!!


42 posted on 12/07/2009 7:16:45 AM PST by Jazz1968
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Have they ever watched MSNBC? NPR executives are the ones with a bias.


43 posted on 12/07/2009 7:18:06 AM PST by Dante3
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To: libstripper

NPR (National Propagandist Radio) plays the “biased” card on FOX? LOL! Mara is one of the very few liberal/progressive/socialist people in the media that I can tolerate. Pat Caddell is about the only other one that readily comes to mind.


44 posted on 12/07/2009 7:18:24 AM PST by PGalt
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To: libstripper

And they assert that NPR is NOT political?


45 posted on 12/07/2009 7:22:27 AM PST by LiteKeeper (When do the impeachment proceedings begin?)
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To: Psycho_Bunny
No kidding.

National Democrat Radio wants everyone to believe that THEY are the fair and balanced source of information.

Not that pesky "Fox News" organization.

46 posted on 12/07/2009 7:23:48 AM PST by GI Joe Fan (GI Joe represents Real American Heroes, not a bunch of globalist drones.)
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To: libstripper
At a follow-up meeting last month, Liasson reported that she’d seen no significant change in Fox’s programming and planned to continue appearing on the network, the source said.

NPR is showing it's bias here.
Why is NPR publicly funded, anyway? Can't the far left pay for it's own infomercials?

47 posted on 12/07/2009 7:28:01 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: MrB

Confuseus say, “Liberals, like fish, are found in schools in large numbers.”............


48 posted on 12/07/2009 7:28:05 AM PST by Red Badger (Al Gore is the Bernie Madoff of environmentalism. He belongs in jail. - Unknown Blogger)
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To: Ann Archy
"Mara LIES and Brit used to call her on it all the time and she would just say.... 'Of course' and move on!"

Good call.

I remember that happening quite often!

I like Brett Baier, but he doesn't confront the democrats about their lies like Brit Hume does.

49 posted on 12/07/2009 7:28:27 AM PST by GI Joe Fan (GI Joe represents Real American Heroes, not a bunch of globalist drones.)
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To: libstripper
Fox is biased to the right.

NPR is biased to the left.

The difference is that Fox doesn't receive taxpayer dollars to promote their right wing view of the news.

We conservatives are forced to PAY for NPR to promote their left wing view of the news.

50 posted on 12/07/2009 7:31:26 AM PST by allmendream (Wealth is EARNED not distributed, so how could it be RE-distributed?)
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