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NPR chief asks critics: What liberal bias?
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Posted on 03/07/2011 1:30:31 PM PST by Sub-Driver

NPR chief asks critics: What liberal bias? By Sara Jerome - 03/07/11 01:42 PM ET

NPR Chief Executive Vivian Schiller defended taxpayer funding for public broadcasting Monday and challenged critics to find any evidence of liberal bias in NPR's coverage.

Schiller said the accusation that public broadcasting has a liberal bias is just a "perception problem" that doesn't accurately reflect NPR's journalism.

"We are urban and rural ... red state and blue state," she said.

But Schiller also said the effort to cut public media dollars is linked to concern about the deficit and not being driven by the perception that NPR has a liberal tilt.

"I believe this is driven mostly by an attempt to find cuts to the deficit, and that is certainly understandable," she said.

Schiller's speech at the National Press Club comes amid a Republican push to slash public media from the federal budget.

House and Senate Republicans are working to defund public media this year. Democrats have been vocal about defending public broadcasting, and President Obama did not make any cuts to public media in his fiscal year 2012 budget request.

Schiller said it is "right and necessary to" question all aspects of federal spending, but argued that if "public value" is the standard of scrutiny, then "pubic broadcasting stands strong."

She said taxpayer funding for public broadcasting has been an "investment" by the American people in journalism over the past 40 years.

Public media "should not fall victim to the turbulence of these times," she said.

Taxpayer funds make up about 10 percent of the average public radio station budget, but up to 60 percent of the budget at rural outlets, Schiller said.

NPR has "gradually been able to leverage that investment to grow other sources of support" from corporations, philanthropic groups, and listeners, Schiller said.

Only a "small, small amount of money goes to public broadcasting," according to Schiller.

Republicans disagree with that assessment, citing the $4 billion that has gone to public broadcasting over the last decade.

Schiller also addressed two recent NPR controversies: the firing of NPR news analyst Juan Williams, who is now a columnist for The Hill, and the outlet's erroneous report that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) had died after she was shot in January.

"It was a mistake; there was no excuse," she said of the Giffords report.

As for Williams, she said "a lot of ink" has been spilled on the issue and made it clear she wants to move on.

"We handled the situation badly. We made some mistakes. I made some mistakes," she said.


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Just amazing...........
1 posted on 03/07/2011 1:30:34 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
"NPR chief asks critics: What liberal bias?"

Which instantly proves just how deeply pathological their leftist bias truly is.

2 posted on 03/07/2011 1:33:19 PM PST by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Sub-Driver

Famous last words: “Who, me?”


3 posted on 03/07/2011 1:34:13 PM PST by ataDude (Its like 1933, mixed with the Carter 70s, plus the books 1984 and Animal Farm, all at the same time.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Well they have very good concerts... But their news and book analysis are so politically correct that they make ABC look conservative!


4 posted on 03/07/2011 1:34:23 PM PST by Michel12
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To: Sub-Driver

“NPR chief asks critics: What liberal bias? “

Firing of Juan Williams ring a bell? Although he is a ignorant jerk


5 posted on 03/07/2011 1:34:27 PM PST by y6162
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To: Sub-Driver

Marxism, Maoism, Leninism, Trotskyism - yes, we have it all at NPR. :)


6 posted on 03/07/2011 1:34:58 PM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Vivian Schiller

How much do we pay her from our taxes.

I'm guessing; way too much.


7 posted on 03/07/2011 1:36:16 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: Sub-Driver

She’s either a liar or has just demonstrated how incompetent she is. Its even a running gag on saturday night live how NPR and PBS is extreme leftist, granola eaters. This is a perfect example of why they need their cash taken away.


8 posted on 03/07/2011 1:37:23 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: Sub-Driver

Maybe she should hold a Press Conference with all of NPRs conservative commentators and hosts.


9 posted on 03/07/2011 1:37:50 PM PST by digger48
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To: Sub-Driver

Shut’er down...NOW.


10 posted on 03/07/2011 1:37:50 PM PST by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: Sub-Driver

11 posted on 03/07/2011 1:38:57 PM PST by Uncle Miltie ("And did you exchange a walk on part in a war, for a lead role in a cage?")
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To: Tzimisce

“We have both kinds! Country AND Western”


12 posted on 03/07/2011 1:40:17 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: digger48

She did...


13 posted on 03/07/2011 1:41:22 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Sub-Driver

we have both kinds of music,,, country AND western!


14 posted on 03/07/2011 1:41:35 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: Sub-Driver

15 posted on 03/07/2011 1:42:39 PM PST by Uncle Miltie ("And did you exchange a walk on part in a war, for a lead role in a cage?")
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To: Sub-Driver

16 posted on 03/07/2011 1:44:21 PM PST by Uncle Miltie ("And did you exchange a walk on part in a war, for a lead role in a cage?")
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To: Sub-Driver
"Only a "small, small amount of money goes to public broadcasting," according to Schiller. "

Then it won't be missed! PLEASE, you can find a liberal bias in Car Talk!

17 posted on 03/07/2011 1:44:56 PM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Sub-Driver

Every arm of the leftist media asks “What liberal bias?” Lying doesn’t bother a leftist, just watch a few seconds of Alan Colmes.


18 posted on 03/07/2011 1:45:25 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Sub-Driver

19 posted on 03/07/2011 1:46:07 PM PST by Uncle Miltie ("And did you exchange a walk on part in a war, for a lead role in a cage?")
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To: Sub-Driver

20 posted on 03/07/2011 1:48:33 PM PST by Uncle Miltie ("And did you exchange a walk on part in a war, for a lead role in a cage?")
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To: Sub-Driver
What liberal bias?



What power pole?


21 posted on 03/07/2011 1:48:45 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (A communist is just a liberal in a hurry)
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To: Sub-Driver

22 posted on 03/07/2011 1:49:34 PM PST by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: Sub-Driver

Liberals truly believe that the MSM and NPR are just as unbiased as they believe themselves to be, and that we conservatives are the lunatic fringe. My liberal friends mention what they heard on NPR or the MSM as though it was straight news with no editorializing, this while they are quite aware of my conservative view.


23 posted on 03/07/2011 1:50:47 PM PST by Blue Collar Christian
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To: Sub-Driver

BWAHAHAHAH! This is just like Dan Rather saying he wanted to be the one to investigate whether his lies about Pres. Bush’s National Guard service were true. These libs are so far into denial that they’ll never find their way back.


24 posted on 03/07/2011 1:52:02 PM PST by hsalaw
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To: Sub-Driver

They aren’t liberal.

They are socialist, communist, Marxist


25 posted on 03/07/2011 1:52:46 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Sub-Driver
I guess Nina Totenberg was just an honest broker of news?
26 posted on 03/07/2011 1:54:47 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: Sub-Driver
"public value" is the standard of scrutiny, then "pubic broadcasting stands strong."

Well, let's hear it for pubic broadcasting!

27 posted on 03/07/2011 1:56:00 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“”We are urban and rural ... red state and blue state,” she said.”

....no you’re not...you’re strictly inside the DC beltway.


28 posted on 03/07/2011 2:00:20 PM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: MrB
She did...

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29 posted on 03/07/2011 2:01:47 PM PST by digger48
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To: Sub-Driver

There are none so blind as those who refuse to see....I guess since everyone who works there is liberal therefore the whole country must be that way too?


30 posted on 03/07/2011 2:02:12 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: Sub-Driver

My God! Has she ever watched Antiques Roadshow?


31 posted on 03/07/2011 2:02:55 PM PST by drubyfive
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To: Sub-Driver
You demonstrate your commitment to progressives every time you open your mouth, Sara.
32 posted on 03/07/2011 2:05:07 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: Sub-Driver
"What liberal bias?" LMAO!....Good one!
33 posted on 03/07/2011 2:05:13 PM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Sub-Driver

They must think like Dan Rather. Completely oblivious to reality.


34 posted on 03/07/2011 2:07:03 PM PST by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: Sub-Driver
"... Schiller said the accusation that public broadcasting has a liberal bias is just a "perception problem" that doesn't accurately reflect NPR's journalism.

What the hell?

I listen to NPR on the morning drive, and Schiller needs to listen no further than NPR morning show host Diane Rehm (the one with the shaky stuttering voice because something's F'ed up in her aging brain) because that crazy broad tries to tie absolutely everything to the "right wing" or "Bush".

A few weeks ago, Rehm had on some ridiculous woman who wrote a new book bemoaning that the megalomaniac Disney corporation has for generations been deviously implanting into little girls' minds that they should want to be fairy princesses (like Tinkerbell, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, etc.) and that this is just the worst possible thing, since studies show that at least half of America's little girls should grow up to be craggy-faced volleyball coach lesbians with spiky buzzcut hairstyles and an ass that looks like both mudflaps on the back of an 18-wheeler --- and they WOULD be, if it weren't for the evil Disney corporation thwarting nature's plans for little girls.

Why, if it weren't for American culture's oppressive and unnatural societal gender/role assignment, little girls would grow up choosing to be heterosexual or homosexual with equal frequency, rather than unnaturally and overwhelmingly heterosexual. And it's Disney doing it! Just insane.

Naturally, Diane Rehm sputters out some claim that "What role does the right wing play in gender-specific role assignment?".

I wanted to punch the radio. NPR needs to be defunded.

35 posted on 03/07/2011 2:07:25 PM PST by The KG9 Kid
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Only a "small, small amount of money goes to public broadcasting," according to Schiller.

Then you won't miss it right? Instead of having one of your fund drives every other week you could just have them every other night.

It's amazing how liberals don't seem to live in the same world as sane people do.

36 posted on 03/07/2011 2:13:26 PM PST by Bullish (Obama's obviously drunk at the wheel and should be taken off the road before he gets people killed)
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To: Sub-Driver
What liberal bias?

lol. what bias.

Their bias is what stopped me from listening when they were literally the only thing on the radio 10 years ago.

easier to switch it off than to listen to their liberal spew.

Same with PBS. Normal people don't watch PBS. They were turned off of it long ago for it's political leftward bias. now only the leftest ideologues listen to either NPR or PBS.

37 posted on 03/07/2011 2:25:58 PM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica (Insane, Corrupt Democrats or Stupid, Spinless Republicans - Pick America's poison.)
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To: Sub-Driver
feh...
38 posted on 03/07/2011 2:26:28 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Sub-Driver
Let's also not forget that the DNC was buying subscriber lists from PBS 10 years ago so they could fundraise from like-minded people who would more than likely contribute.
39 posted on 03/07/2011 2:27:59 PM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica (Insane, Corrupt Democrats or Stupid, Spinless Republicans - Pick America's poison.)
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To: Sub-Driver
I don't know whether to laugh at the patent absurdity of this statement or be angry at the lie he is trying to perpetrate. One need only to listen to NPR's All Things Considered for about three minutes to know that it is little more than propaganda. I hope Juan Williams is asked to testify before a Congressional hearing to talk about NPR's fairness to different views.
40 posted on 03/07/2011 2:29:10 PM PST by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: Sub-Driver

This highlights just another example of how the so-called arbiters of speech designate themselves un-biased and how they should be thrown off that pedestal.

Defunding NPR would be just another leg kicked out from underneath the MSM’s biased world view.


41 posted on 03/07/2011 2:40:39 PM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Sub-Driver

Mao never thought of himself as anti-intellectual.


42 posted on 03/07/2011 2:44:15 PM PST by Dr. Sheldon Cooper (The truth can indeed be a finger-down-the-throat for those unprepared to hear it.)
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To: Sub-Driver

This guy is so blind, just like the MSM!


43 posted on 03/07/2011 2:47:29 PM PST by rawhide
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To: Sub-Driver

What color is the sky in their world I wonder?


44 posted on 03/07/2011 2:50:32 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (Welcome to the USA - where every day is Backwards Day!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Fish don’t notice water.


45 posted on 03/07/2011 2:52:43 PM PST by cycleoflife
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From Wikipedia:

Prior to leading NPR, Schiller was a senior vice president of NYTimes.com.

Yup. No leftist bias at all.

46 posted on 03/07/2011 2:57:27 PM PST by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Joe Brower

Listening to PBS while walking my dog I have several times heard a pogrom, pardon me, program called “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.” A faux gameshow format it absolutely drips with liberal contempt for conservatives and Republicans. Ms. Schiller must think us serfs can’t tell a pony from a pantload.


47 posted on 03/07/2011 3:12:49 PM PST by dogcaller
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To: Joe Brower

Would be nice if the commie media could find a new word besides “slash.”


48 posted on 03/07/2011 3:14:58 PM PST by Luke21
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To: Joe Brower

Your comment is right on target.

My personal theory is that the colleges and universities (and high schools) for that matter have been infiltrated by Progressives (Marxists) while we were out earning a living, tenuring and unionizing themselves for decades.

Morons like this guy have been told, preached, beaten and graded on the COLLECTIVE, SOCIALIST ANSWER being correct since HS, college and now, every one of their friends and they beleive the Communist Lie.

NPR shows the utter bias and insulting patronizing tone these taxpayer funded media elites take.

De-fund these maggots now, Soros and Bill Gates and other legacy foundations taken over by their Commie Boards of Directors (see Ford, Rockefeller, etc.) will pick up the slack.

It’s Lefty, pro-Islamic, anti-US drivel, I hate NPR.


49 posted on 03/07/2011 4:09:21 PM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: Sub-Driver

The giant irony is “All Things Considered” which is effectively taking a story and seeing it through the eyes of both parties (Arab/Jew, Black/White, Union worker/private sector worker, fat/skinny, D/R)

These is what Cass Sunstein and the Progressive Left (Alinsky/Cloward/Piven/Woody Wilson/Axelrod) does, they take the “right” answer and move it to the Left and attach emotion and the person who opposes the ____ (enter Liberal program/position/argument) is heartless and selfish.

They also pre-suppose that global warming is real, Islam isn’t repressive, gay marriage is normal and all US foreign policy is bad.

They move the needle to the left, so the argument always ends up with the Socialist reply being the right one.

De-fund this Marxist mouthpiece TODAY!


50 posted on 03/07/2011 4:17:52 PM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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