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NPR CEO: ‘We Get a Tremendous Amount of Criticism for Being Too Conservative'
CNS News ^ | March 08, 2011 | Nicholas Ballasy

Posted on 03/08/2011 6:18:56 AM PST by Mr. Mojo

(CNSNews.com) - National Public Radio President and CEO Vivian Schiller said Monday that NPR gets a “tremendous amount of criticism for being too conservative.”

At a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Schiller was asked by a moderator: “Do you believe there’s an imbalance at NPR in terms of liberals and conservatives in the newsroom--I think I know which side they’d like to have better represented there--if the answer is yes, what do you propose to do about it?”

Schiller said, “You know, every news organization--I’ve worked now with three news organizations, but even every other, people I know from every other news organization I know--gets criticized about being too liberal, about being too conservative, about being too this, that and the other. It comes with the territory.

“So, certainly we do get criticized about all manner of things,” said Schiller. “In terms of the liberal, and I will tell you that it maybe doesn’t get as much attention, but we get a tremendous amount of criticism for being too conservative as well. I wish that those folks could be in our editorial meetings and see what goes on and the care that our reporters and our journalists and other editors take to get it right.

“This is an incredibly crucial cornerstone of what we do to present, not journalism that is ‘on the one hand, on the other hand’--that’s not very interesting story-telling,” she said. “But journalism that reflects no particular bias. And it’s not just a matter of how the stories are told, it’s the kind of stories that we tell on NPR.”

She continued, “For those that do criticize us for being liberal, I ask them, when I get that personally, I ask them to point to specific stories. And when they do, we take those very seriously. Have we erred? Absolutely, we have erred in the past, but we make corrections, and we always strive to do better.”


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1 posted on 03/08/2011 6:18:59 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo

Complete hooey.


2 posted on 03/08/2011 6:20:01 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Mr. Mojo
The only ones making that charge would be avowed Leninists.
3 posted on 03/08/2011 6:21:03 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Bwahahahaha....since when has NPR been conservative? lulz.

Hello, his lips are moving...in the same vain as the AnnointedIdiot: if his lips are moving; he is lying, period. =.=


4 posted on 03/08/2011 6:21:06 AM PST by cranked
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To: Mr. Mojo

Defund NPR with extreme prejudice.


5 posted on 03/08/2011 6:21:18 AM PST by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: Mr. Mojo

If this is literally true — as opposed to leftist propaganda — it means their listenings are virtually hard-core Communists and anarchists.


6 posted on 03/08/2011 6:22:42 AM PST by WashingtonSource
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To: yldstrk

Not really. I’m sure they do. The sort of people who think Radio Pacifica is unbiased tend to be noisy and doubtless generate the complaints he is reporting.


7 posted on 03/08/2011 6:22:50 AM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Check this out. March 8, 2011
NPR executives caught on tape bashing conservatives and Tea Party, touting liberals

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/03/08/npr-executives-caught-on-tape-bashing-conservatives-and-tea-party-touting-liberals/#ixzz1G19vsWkz

DEFUND NPR. Make them pay back what the federal government (that’s taxpayers like you and me) have given them. Cut them off completely.


8 posted on 03/08/2011 6:24:57 AM PST by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: The_Reader_David

She is not fit for the Job making that statement.


9 posted on 03/08/2011 6:25:32 AM PST by scooby321
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To: Mr. Mojo
NPR Executives caught on tape bashing conservatives and the Tea Party
10 posted on 03/08/2011 6:26:22 AM PST by kabar
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To: DarthVader

NPR, you’re so lame,
I bet you think we think about you,
You’re so lame
I bet you think we care about you
don’t you, don’t you...


11 posted on 03/08/2011 6:26:22 AM PST by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Now that right there is some funny $hit, I don’t care who you are.


12 posted on 03/08/2011 6:26:57 AM PST by mad_as_he$$
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To: Mr. Mojo

Well then, let’s defund this tax-payer funded bastion of “conservatism”. Surely, that shouldn’t upset the Left.


13 posted on 03/08/2011 6:27:31 AM PST by Gene Eric (It's time to move forward.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

‘We Get a Tremendous Amount of Criticism for Being Too Conservative’

Everybody is a comedian


14 posted on 03/08/2011 6:27:43 AM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: Mr. Mojo

Tremendous: being of such as to cause trembling, fear, or arouse dread. Perhaps the CEO misconstrued the communications from conservatives.


15 posted on 03/08/2011 6:30:14 AM PST by Jukeman
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To: Mr. Mojo
I think it would be interesting to tape a random broadcast and then sit down with these people and just go through each minute of the program.

"There! That's a gratuitous slam against President Bush! What does he have to do about the situation in Libya? Look! You just called Obama brilliant! How many times does that make? Four? In the past 15 minutes?"

They are blind to their own bias, or else deeply dishonest. (Dishonest is the correct answer.)

16 posted on 03/08/2011 6:30:23 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Mr. Mojo

Me thinks that NPR is suffering from the Miss Piggy syndrome: A Grand Delusion of “How Beautiful Am I!”

In this case, substitute “moderate” or “middle of the road” or “a True Reflection of Truth and American Values” for “Beautiful”.

IOW, NPR, no matter what you think, you are not:

“moderate”
“middle of the road”
or
“a True Reflection of Truth and American Values”.

You are simply a pretentious pig who loves to wallow in liberal muck.

(should I tell them what I really think?)


17 posted on 03/08/2011 6:31:07 AM PST by BwanaNdege
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To: WashingtonSource

bttt


18 posted on 03/08/2011 6:31:10 AM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Mr. Mojo
"I wish that those folks could be in our editorial meetings and see what goes on"

In the editorial meeting:

"Shall we investigate Obama's Long Form Birth Certificate?" Crickets.

Shall we investigate Obama's grades, papers, standings, in the various schools he claims to have attended? Crickets.

Shall we research the writing styles of Bill Ayers and compare with the "Dreams of my Father?" Crickets.

...

Oh, yes, I'd love to see what goes on in those NPR editorial meetings!

19 posted on 03/08/2011 6:31:45 AM PST by eCSMaster (2012 - End of an error)
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To: Mr. Mojo

The criticism of being too conservative comes from readers with cartoon avatars in the comments section of any article.


20 posted on 03/08/2011 6:32:07 AM PST by ILS21R ("Every night before I go to sleep, I think who would throw stones at me?", she said.)
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To: BwanaNdege

You are simply a pretentious pig who loves to wallow in liberal muck.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

And.. that effete NPR voice is especially irritating. Does anyone know anyone who speaks like THAT!


21 posted on 03/08/2011 6:33:49 AM PST by wintertime
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To: Mr. Mojo
Well, Vivian. . .how about this. . REGARDLESS of whether it's left OR right. . .DEFUND public radio! NOW!

But, just for the record. . .it's not about being criticized for Left or Right bias. . it's about the number of registered Democrats in your shop running things. As it is in most media operations, upwards to 80% to 90% of all on-air reporters, newspaper journalists, production and editorial content people in the media are registered Democrats. That fact manifests in most media coverage.

22 posted on 03/08/2011 6:33:52 AM PST by McBuff
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To: Mr. Mojo

Is this MRS RON SCHILLER?????

he of the muslim money payola grab exposed by James o’Keefe?

If so, isn’t “NPR”, taxpayer funded media, due for crtical review of its incestuous hiring? What a viper nest of progressive nepotism. DISGUSTING.

How much taxpayer loot did the Schiller clan collect from “NPR”. collectively?


23 posted on 03/08/2011 6:34:49 AM PST by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Good. That’s all the more reason to defund NPR. They will have more of a rebel image if they don’t get a subsidy.


24 posted on 03/08/2011 6:35:15 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("The time will come when Winter will ask you what you were doing all Summer" -- Henry Clay)
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To: Army Air Corps

Great joke, I needed a good laugh! Hilarious. Wow, that’s made my day....that Vivian thinks that she got accused for being Conservative!


25 posted on 03/08/2011 6:35:52 AM PST by rovenstinez (.)
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To: Mr. Mojo
My head just exploded, but it's OK, I planned in advance and have saved the pieces.


26 posted on 03/08/2011 6:36:00 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, in honor of Standing Wolf.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

-—the laugh track following THAT headline, would last...for HOURS!


27 posted on 03/08/2011 6:36:30 AM PST by NordP (COMMON SENSE CONSERVATIVES - Love of Country, Less Govt, Stop Spending, No Govt Run Health Care!!!)
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To: Mr. Mojo

I don’t care whether NPR or this witch is liberal or conservative. I just don’t want to be taxed.


28 posted on 03/08/2011 6:37:02 AM PST by namvolunteer (We draw the Congressional districts this time)
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To: Mr. Mojo
The same democrat 'war room' types who send out fake letters to newspapers, recruit fake callers to conservative talk radio, ALSO send letters to 'journalists' with this kind of pap. These letters provide cover for liberal elites to delude themselves into thinking their 'fair'.

Then again, it's better than the hate letters they send out from 'life long Republicans'...

29 posted on 03/08/2011 6:37:23 AM PST by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php - It's only uncivil when someone on the right does it.- Laz)
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“In terms of the liberal, and I will tell you that it maybe doesn’t get as much attention, but we get a tremendous amount of criticism for being too conservative as well

This argument is what liberal publications always use, so it must be the best they've got. Pretty lame. There are rational ways to determine bias, if they actually cared, but they don't.

30 posted on 03/08/2011 6:38:02 AM PST by Red Boots
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To: yldstrk

Complete hooey>>>>>>>

Not hooey. Plenty of lefties are nuts enough to think NPR tilt’s conservative. If so then these lefties shouldn’t mind if tax money to NPR is cut off


31 posted on 03/08/2011 6:38:32 AM PST by dennisw ( The early bird catches the worm)
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To: ClearCase_guy
"There! That's a gratuitous slam against President Bush!

So True! I remember when klinton was a pres. every mention of him was a reverential "PRESIDENT CLINTON" (no doubt with bows, scrapes, and kowtows)

President Bush was just "BUSH".

National Pubic Radio deserves death without a funeral.

32 posted on 03/08/2011 6:40:27 AM PST by Huebolt (It's not over until there is not ONE DEMOCRAT HOLDING OFFICE ANYWHERE. Not even a dog catcher!)
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To: Army Air Corps

I can see that. Do you know anyone who isn’t ultra-liberal who listens to NPR? I don’t.


33 posted on 03/08/2011 6:42:44 AM PST by tiki
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To: Mr. Mojo
This is as likely as Rush Limbaugh getting letters saying he's too liberal.

It's as likely as the KKK getting letters saying they're too open minded.

Some REAL journalists needs to take a long hard look at some of these letters.

Here's a hint: Not everyone who's registered as a Republican is one. Some people cheat. They sign-up to provide cover for a series of dirty tricks.

34 posted on 03/08/2011 6:43:12 AM PST by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php - It's only uncivil when someone on the right does it.- Laz)
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To: Mr. Mojo

No different than Obama taking flak from his leftwing base from time to time.


35 posted on 03/08/2011 6:45:21 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: Mr. Mojo

Ready funny.


36 posted on 03/08/2011 6:55:25 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
Good. That’s all the more reason to defund NPR

Exactly. She's spewing pure B.S. If the liberals actual thought NPR was conservative, they would be trying to defund it. The liberals can't even stand to have private individuals with private money express a conservative point of view. If any liberal actual expresses the notion that NPR is too conservative (as opposed to her lying about it), it is to make NPR seem more central so as to keep the public fundiing.

37 posted on 03/08/2011 6:56:53 AM PST by techcor (I hope Obama succeeds, in being a one term president.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

So they got jokes!


38 posted on 03/08/2011 6:57:43 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: tiki

I listen to NPR regularly, purely for amusement. I have no exposure to network TV, and so NPR is the principal way I hear the Liberal point of view. I am always dumbfounded that they (appear to) think that they are unbiased. They are in fact, hate-mongers toward all things right, and idolizers of all things left. Utterly blatant. But they just say “Who? Us? No, we’re very fair.”


39 posted on 03/08/2011 6:58:20 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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but we get a tremendous amount of criticism for being too conservative as well

Ummm. Wat?

40 posted on 03/08/2011 6:58:41 AM PST by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: Mr. Mojo
My beeber is stuned. I call:


41 posted on 03/08/2011 7:05:25 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free!)
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To: Altura Ct.

There really are such people who seriously think NPR is too conservative. They include those I argue with who say that Obama is a moderate. Yep. You can’t make some of this stuff up.


42 posted on 03/08/2011 7:06:14 AM PST by Aroostook25
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To: Mr. Mojo

That’s the story that newspapers, etc. always use when accused of liberal bias.

Sadly, it’s probably true that they get jumped on from lefties if they vary even slightly from the party line.

I get that from the Dallas Morning News when it couldn’t be more plain that they lean left. So far they’re in danger of falling.

But however, they lean, it doesn’t make it right for them to be funded by the government, aka US.


43 posted on 03/08/2011 7:07:14 AM PST by altura
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To: namvolunteer
I don’t care whether NPR or this witch is liberal or conservative. I just don’t want to be taxed.

I agree. I wouldn't care if NPR played John Philip Sousa marches all day, the government has no business running a radio station with our tax money.

44 posted on 03/08/2011 7:07:26 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("The time will come when Winter will ask you what you were doing all Summer" -- Henry Clay)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Moonbats are never satisfied.


45 posted on 03/08/2011 7:07:26 AM PST by Jim Noble (I'd crawl over broken glass for her. Alea iacta est.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

I’m sure they do. The typical loyal NPR listeners that I’ve known would fall somewhere between Bill Ayers and Lev Trotsky on the political spectrum.


46 posted on 03/08/2011 7:09:25 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Huebolt

Hah! death without a funeral.

But can I just celebrate quietly in the privacy of my own home?


47 posted on 03/08/2011 7:10:20 AM PST by altura
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To: Mr. Mojo

From who, The Shining Path?


48 posted on 03/08/2011 7:12:45 AM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Mr. Mojo

It’s unbelievable how Republicans have went along with this nonsense for decades. They’ve funded dem campaigns and GOTV efforts through unions, they’ve funded propaganda arms of the DNC through NPR and PBS.

WTH would you allow the enemy to flourish on the taxpayer’s dime that you have control over?


49 posted on 03/08/2011 7:13:36 AM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Mr. Mojo
She continued, “For those that do criticize us for being liberal, I ask them, when I get that personally, I ask them to point to specific stories. And when they do, we take those very seriously. Have we erred? Absolutely, we have erred in the past, but we make corrections, and we always strive to do better.”

What to make of this? Is this an admission that their "errors" were the slipping by of an occasional middle-of-the-road story that upset their marxist followers? Were "corrections" severe reprimands on writers and editors for letting the non-kook-fringe article by the censors? Or were they fired on the spot? What does "striving to do better" mean? Rooting out all conservative thought?

50 posted on 03/08/2011 7:14:31 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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