On Wednesday, National Public Radio Education Correspondent Larry Abramson phoned Education Action Group to ask about our activities related to Issue 2 in Ohio, the referendum on the collective bargaining reform that was defeated at the polls Tuesday. Specifically, he inquired about our “canvassing and mobilization” efforts.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, EAG is prohibited from engaging in such activity. I told him as such. I did acknowledge that last year EAG published an analysis of collective bargaining agreements in southwest Ohio, prior to knowing anything about Senate Bill 5.
Additionally, we recently issued an analysis of how the mere threat of SB 5 had a positive impact on finances in several Ohio school districts.
We never recommended that Ohio voters support or oppose SB 5 or the ensuing ballot referendum on the bill.
Abramson, whose tone was clearly adversarial and one-sided, then asked me if EAG posts a donor list on its website – which oddly is the same question our union antagonists frequently ask. He was told EAG does not make that information public. Abramson then made a reference to having “ways of finding out” and ended the conversation.
So much for impartial journalism. This so-called reporter was clearly on the attack. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought the Huffington Post or Media Matters was on the line.
The implication, of course, was that our analysis of the situation in Ohio should somehow be discounted due to our policy of maintaining donor anonymity.
So we took the opportunity to surf around the NPR website, and guess what? We couldn’t find its donor list, either. That’s strange.
Education Action Group issues the following challenge to National Public Radio: We will post our donor list if NPR does the same.
In the meantime, it’s useful to note some of the entities that openly support NPR.
We know NPR receives federal tax dollars. It has described that money as “essential” to its existence. Since NPR takes operating money from the government, that naturally raises the suspicion of NPR news and commentary being under the control of the federal government.
Does NPR send its raw copy to the White House and supportive Congressional leaders for approval before airing it?
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