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Tuesday, April 16, 2024


The media members of The Big Five are shocked, just shocked(!), at the allegations of bias, dishonesty, and censorious intent leveled again a darling of leftist media, NPR. In a long critique published in The Free Press, 25-year NPR senior editor, Uri Berliner, makes those accusations and a lot more. 

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NPR, like almost all leftist media, did absolutely no introspection to examine whether Berliner's critique had merit. Instead, it suspended Berliner without pay. 

Among the thousands of words NPR published after Berliner's critique are these:

Conservative activist Christopher Rufo is among those now targeting NPR's new chief executive, Katherine Maher, for messages she posted to social media years before joining the network. Among others, those posts include a 2020 tweet that called Trump racist and another that appeared to minimize rioting during social justice protests that year. Maher took the job at NPR last month — her first at a news organization.

In a statement Monday about the messages she had posted, Maher praised the integrity of NPR's journalists and underscored the independence of their reporting.

"In America everyone is entitled to free speech as a private citizen," she said. "What matters is NPR's work and my commitment as its CEO: public service, editorial independence, and the mission to serve all of the American public. NPR is independent, beholden to no party, and without commercial interests."

It's actually amusing to see NPR's CEO champion free speech. Her fellow travelers among media members of The Big Five have done everything possible to limit the free speech of anyone who opposes their worldview. Working in conjunction with the current regime in Washington and with many agencies within the deep state, they have worked to censor opposing views (via de-amplification, omission, shadow-banning or outright censorship) on everything from public health in the support for Islamist doctrine in Gaza, if those views conflict with the Left's preferred narrative. 

The CEO's praise of the "integrity of NPR's journalists" might be tempered with the simple reality that those same "journalists" are irreparably biased, live in a world where advocacy journalism is the norm, and work aggressively to propagandize their audience on a daily basis.

That might be marginally acceptable if NPR was a private company, but it is not. Tax dollars are used to support at least some of its cost.