In the public policy conversation today, there is nothing funnier than hearing the leadership of National Public Radio deny there's a liberal bias at play over there.
Even when the Daily Caller posted sting video of their top fundraiser Ron Schiller describing America as remarkably undereducated and the Republicans as ruined by racist, gun-toting, phony Christians, NPR's reaction was repeating Sentence One: Who, us, biased?
Schiller resigned, and then the NPR Board ousted CEO Vivian Schiller (no relation), who hired him. She was only a sacrificial lamb. Nothing has changed, policy-wise. The new interim CEO, Joyce Slocum, picked up exactly where the last boss left off.
"I think if anyone believes that NPR's coverage is biased in one direction or another," she suggests, "all they need to do to correct that misperception is turn on their radio or log onto their computer and listen or read for an hour or two."
This is some serious denial -- like arguing that if anyone doubts that Japan is a terrific spring vacation spot right now, they should just observe the TV news and see how wonderful it looks.
This anti-NPR sting video reveals an NPR fundraising drive that's clearly focusing on financiers that are hostile to conservatives. Last year, leftist philanthropist and hedge-fund billionaire George Soros announced a $1.8 million donation to NPR and days later, Juan Williams was canned for offending liberals by appearing on the Fox News Channel.
The same week that NPR unveiled that donation, Soros announced another million-dollar contribution to the censorious left-wing thugs at Media Matters for America, to "more widely publicize the challenge Fox News poses to civil and informed discourse." Their campaign slogan to advertisers and cable companies is "DROP FOX." (Am I the only one who finds it curious that the "Open Society" folks want Fox closed?)
The reporters at NPR are in even more denial than the executives. NPR rushed to interview Susan Stamberg, hailed as a "founding mother" of NPR, who insisted that executives have caused some "terrible, terrible hits," but the "news" product is superb: "The work that we do has been so consistently extraordinary, the strongest news organization in electronic broadcasting, and that has been untarnished."
Since NPR lives in a bubble of their own arrogance, their media reporter David Folkenflik sought no opposing view. (He didn't even fish through NPR ombudsman Alicia Shepard's box of listener complaints, such as NPR's recent erroneous on-air declaration that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was dead.)
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