NewsBusters Podcast: PBS Uses NPR to Blow Off GOP Anger at David Weiss

August 14th, 2023 11:23 PM

Republicans were angry that the Biden Justice Department "promoted" David Weiss to Special Counsel in the Hunter Biden probe. But PBS (and NPR's legal reporter) didn't think House Republicans were worth quoting or mentioning.


PBS: NPR Legal Scribe Claims Hunter Plea 'Somewhat Harsher' Than Usual

June 24th, 2023 8:58 PM

Hunter Biden, the controversial son of the president, pled guilty to two federal charges of tax fraud and a felony charge of gun possession on Tuesday, and that evening’s taxpayer-funded PBS News Hour proved itself eager to move along, dismissing Republican accusations of a cushy plea deal from his father’s Department of Justice, appealing to emotion by painting President Joe Biden as…

NPR Skips GOP Grilling Garland, But Promotes His Holocaust Analogies

March 6th, 2023 12:37 PM

How pliant is NPR in promoting Team Biden? We noted last week that NPR skipped any features on Attorney General Merrick Garland being grilled in the Senate. But over the weekend, NPR promoted Garland flying to Ukraine to talk about Russian war crimes -- and their Justice Department reporter flew along and  let him choke up discussing how he had family members who perished in the Holocaust. …


NEW NewsBusters Podcast: 'State-Run Radio' and War on Fox News

February 24th, 2021 8:30 PM

In the latest analytical session of the NewsBusters podcast, Executive Editor Tim Graham describes how National Public Radio assumes the tone of "state-run radio" when Democrats win the presidency. This week's confirmation hearings for Attorney General designate Merrick Garland were accompanied by a an affectionate seven-minute profile on NPR's Morning Edition by Carrie Johnson, their Justice…

NPR Lets Obama-Era Official Bash Justice Department Under Sessions

August 3rd, 2017 11:25 AM
NPR aired a completely one-sided segment on Wednesday's Morning Edition that targeted the Attorney General Jeff Sessions's leadership of the Justice Department. Carrie Johnson played up that a possible Justice Department initiative targeting colleges' affirmative action policies on admissions was " just part of a broader rollback of Obama-era priorities in civil rights, from protecting LGBT…

State-Run Radio: NPR Watches Eric Holder 'Wrap His Arms Around a Commu

August 22nd, 2014 8:06 AM
NPR again defined the abuse of its taxpayer subsidy to promote the Obama administration on Thursday’s Morning Edition. Online, they began their report on Attorney General Eric Holder this way: “The nation's top law enforcement officer traveled to Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday to wrap his arms around a community in pain.” On air, reporter Carrie Johnson began: “From the moment he walked into a…

NPR Asks if Allowing Prayer at Government Meetings Is ‘Essentially O

May 7th, 2014 10:36 AM
On Monday May 5, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that government meetings can include an opening prayer without violating the United States Constitution and NPR did its best to spin the ruling as severely troubling for religious minorities. On Monday’s All Things Considered program, reporter Carrie Johnson asked“The question before the Supreme Court, whether Greece did enough to…

NPR Boosts NAACP and ACLU's Activism After Court 'Gutted' Voting Right

April 7th, 2014 5:12 PM
Carrie Johnson's Monday report on NPR's Morning Edition could have been mistaken as an informercial for the left-of-center ACLU and the NAACP's efforts to help "protect minority voting rights," after the Supreme Court's Shelby County v. Holder decision from June 2013. Johnson played up how "a divided Supreme Court gutted part of that law – throwing into chaos a system that had required...states…

NPR's Talking-Head List on Manning the Massive Leaker? Left, Left, and

June 4th, 2013 7:12 AM
He may have committed the largest and most reckless  leak of national-security information in America’s history, but Bradley Manning had a happy Monday at National Progressive Radio. NPR’s Morning Edition ran a story by reporter Carrie Johnson that contained absolutely no one who could see Manning in a critical light. Johnson began: “In the three years since his arrest, the slight Army…

WashPost Loved Henry Waxman, But Bashes Darrell Issa 'Feverishly Chasi

May 17th, 2013 10:27 AM
When ultraliberal Henry Waxman ran the House Government Reform Committee, The Washington Post didn't often  suggest he was a fierce partisan or ideologue. Instead, former Washington Post managing editor Robert Kaiser praised him in a book review headlined "Moustache of Justice." (The Waxman lovers even have a mug.) Kaiser cooed, “Henry Waxman is to Congress what Ted Williams was to baseball…

NPR Legal Reporter Lamely Tries to Spread Bush Into the AP Phone-tappi

May 15th, 2013 2:49 PM
NPR legal correspondent Carrie Johnson reported on the IRS scandal on Tuesday’s Morning Edition displaying an urgent need to spread some Bush administration into the story. First she mentioned a 2004 FBI probe that improperly acquired phone records from New York Times and Washington Post reporters without going through proper channels. Then she concluded with how the last secret subpoena for…

NPR Touts Tax Savings For Same-Sex Couples If DOMA is Struck Down

March 26th, 2013 6:24 PM
On Tuesday's Morning Edition, NPR's Carrie Johnson played up the positive financial impact for same-sex couples if the Supreme Court strikes down the Defense of Marriage Act. All of Johnson's talking heads came from the left side of the political spectrum – the plaintiff challenging the 1996 law at the Supreme Court; an accountant who caters to same-sex couples; a fellow for the liberal Tax…

NPR Lets Abortion Lobby Smear Pro-Lifers As Potential Terrorists

September 5th, 2011 4:24 PM
On Thursday's Morning Edition, NPR's touted the Obama administration's "more aggressive legal approach" towards pro-life demonstrators with the stepped-up prosecution of alleged violations of the controversial FACE Act. Correspondent Carrie Johnson highlighted the prosecution of an elderly pro-lifer, and let an abortion lobbyist denigrate pro-lifers as possible terrorists. Host Steve Inskeep…

NPR Highlights Liberal Concerns About Obama Transparency, Underplays t

March 15th, 2011 6:54 PM
On Tuesday's Morning Edition, NPR's Carrie Johnson highlighted critiques of the Obama White House from the left on their promise to be "the most transparent administration in history," but downplayed questions over the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Unit's use of non-disclosure agreements with companies under investigation. Host Renee Montagne introduced Johnson's report, noting that "…