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December 07, 2009

Just Axin'

I wonder:

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.

Has NPR expressed similar concerns about Alison Stewart?

She has served as fill in host of NPR's Talk of the Nation and MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show.

Personally, I don't know what everyone is getting so worked up about. How can truly objective and non-partisan news outlets like NPR be expected to preserve their street cred if they allow their correspondents to be "used" to provide a fake sense that more than one point of view ought to be tolerated presented?

“This has been a building thing. There has been a concern in the upper regions of NPR that Fox uses Mara and Juan as cover” to defuse arguments that the TV network is populated with right-wing voices, said the source, who asked not to be named.

One complaint from NPR executives is that this very perception that Liasson and Williams serve as ideological counterweights reinforces feelings among some members of the public that NPR tilts to the left. “NPR has its own issues in trying to convince people that, ‘Look, we’re down the middle,’” the source said. “This is a public and institutional problem that has nothing to do with Mara. Obviously, you can’t give Mara a hard time for what’s coming out of her mouth. ... She’s very careful. She isn’t trashing anybody.”

Yep. Nothing says "playing it down the middle" like pressuring your employees not to participate in the kind of inclusive debate that makes you look one-sided and partisan by comparison.

Leave NPR alone!!! They have a reputation to protect.

Posted by Cassandra at December 7, 2009 09:07 AM

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"How DARE you provide an alternative viewpoint on that network? Don't you know they're completely biased and only present one viewpoint? You need to immediately stop providing an alternative viewpoint so they can go back to only providing the one viewpoint that we don't like them providing without contradiction. So stop contradicting them."

Seriously, my 5 year old niece makes more sense than these folks.

Posted by: MikeD at December 7, 2009 10:34 AM

So, let me get this straight. FOX is providing air time to guest correspondence with different viewpoints and opinions from their staff correspondents in order to disquise the fact that they are ideologically biased and do not present or discuss alternate viewpoints?

Posted by: Walter Ronten at December 7, 2009 11:19 AM

Correct, but what's even FUNNIER is that NPR's idea of "fixing" this "problem" is to REMOVE the guest correspondents to ASSURE there's no alternate viewpoints discussed. Truly they have dizzying intellects.

Posted by: MikeD at December 7, 2009 11:24 AM

Hiding the Decline Climategate Parody Video. Sung to Tommy James and The Shondells “Draggin The Line.

http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/2009/12/hide-decline-climategate-parody.html

Posted by: keyboard jockey at December 7, 2009 11:27 AM

Walter- Yes, you have pretty much boiled down what passes for critical thinking by the leftwing media re: Fox.

But they're not paranoid or anything and the walls of their newsrooms will soon be cleared of those purple spiders with Geraldo mustaches...as soon as the new tinfoil shipment comes in.

Posted by: Falze at December 7, 2009 11:34 AM

So, let me get this straight. FOX is providing air time to guest correspondence with different viewpoints and opinions from their staff correspondents in order to disquise the fact that they are ideologically biased and do not present or discuss alternate viewpoints?

It's not easy, coming up with policies that violate the space-time continuum :p

Posted by: Cassandra at December 7, 2009 12:13 PM

has tiger woods been with that woman who's picture adorns the top of this page?

Posted by: I.B. Wright at December 7, 2009 01:31 PM

"has tiger woods been with that woman who's picture adorns the top of this page?"
Who knows? Can't say. The lady at the top has her phone's caller id blocked and uses a Proxy server to hide her ip address.

But it's doubtful, due to the lady looking a bit too classy, in a 1940-ish pinup art sort of way...

Posted by: Sam Spade at December 7, 2009 01:43 PM

Casual reader: How do you explain the liberal media so well?

Intuitively Obvious: I think of traditional reporters from decades past and take away honesty, logic, reason, and accountability.


Posted by: Edward R. Murrow's ghost at December 7, 2009 01:51 PM

It does have its own weird, internal logic, when you remember the ideological source of NPR's inspiration.

The only "Truth" is Party-approved truth, and is designed to advance the Revolution. Non-party-approved truth is not "Truth", and is therefore lies spouted by counterrevolutionary enemies of the people in order to perpetuate the oppression of the masses by the capitalist bourgouis exploiters of the proletariat.

Furthermore, because spouters of non-party-approved truth are enemies of the people, and one is clearly guilty by association when associating with such thought criminals, NPR is quite right to keep Mara and Juan away from them, lest their ideological purity become tainted.

See, when viewed from the prism of a Soviet Politburo member, NPR's position becomes quite clear and logical. Now if only Obama would finally let them create a Gulag for those blasted conservatives, the worker's paradise could finally be achieved!

Posted by: a former european at December 7, 2009 03:45 PM

Or, to sum it up: Not only is NPR biased, but they're skeered too!

Posted by: Cousin Dave at December 7, 2009 04:31 PM

"“NPR has its own issues in trying to convince people that, ‘Look, we’re down the middle,’” the source said."

Hell, they couldn't find the middle with a GPS and a set of bloodhounds.

Posted by: 10 time national champion at December 11, 2009 07:19 AM

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