If anyone doubts that many professional journalists still harbor a liberal bias, an incident involving National Public Radio’s termination of a news story by reporter Gisele Regatao should erase them. After recording an audio segment on a well-known piece of Brazilian art, Regatao was told that her story had been killed “in part because of my accent.”
NPR media reporter David Folkenflik shoveled his network's usual loads of disgust for Fox News in his coverage of Megyn Kelly's show getting canceled, allegedly over a discussion of racially insensitive Halloween costumes. "She really took on a lot of fire as a figure who brought on ideological baggage, who brought Fox News baggage." But Folkenflik didn't take this approach to MSNBC host Al Sharpton.
Pretty bad sign when she's lost National Public Radio. Wasting little time to clear the deck for her upcoming presidential campaign, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-People's Republic of Massachusetts, last week trumpeted the results of a DNA test she took in an effort to prove she is of Native American descent. Warren reveals test confirming ancestry read the assertive headline in the Boston Globe announcing the news -- and it was all downhill from there.
On Friday's night's All Things Considered, the Week in Politics segment began by pushing the theme that the Republican rhetoric about "mobs" is all wrong, and will harm them in the midterms. NPR anchor Ailsa Chang brought no context about protesters mobbing the front door of the Supreme Court, or screaming Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife out of a restaurant. She said the "mob" has a lot of women in it, so the M-word is damaging. At least David Brooks said "I don't think so."
On NPR Monday, Fresh Air host Terry Gross spent 35 minutes with Washington Post reporter Greg Miller, promoting his book The Apprentice: Trump, Russia And The Subversion Of American Democracy. She wanted to know if they could accuse Sen. Mitch McConnell with treason for going soft on Russian meddling in the election. This is weird, since Gross has gone all soft on Pentagon bomber Bill Ayers and Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg.
For the first time since September 10, the White House held a press briefing Wednesday featuring not only Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, but also National Security Adviser John Bolton and neither disappointed as scores of liberal journalists came ready to rumble. Bolton set the tone in an exchange with CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang, who seemed insulted that Bolton wasn’t giving more respect to the Palestinians by not referring to their land as a state. Turns out, Bolton had the facts on his side.
Here's a Saturday "parlor game" for political junkies. Guess which statement on NPR's "Week in Politics" segment on Friday night's so-called All Things Considered comes from the supposed liberal/Democrat pundit, and which comes from the supposed conservative/Republican pundit. This can be pretty tricky, since they sound very, very similar.
National Public Radio wouldn't accept the word "abortionist" in a proposed underwriting announcement for a movie on Kermit Gosnell. They insisted on "doctor." The Gosnell movie-makers said "abortion doctor"? NPR said no....even though NPR has used the term "abortion doctor" routinely in stories.
Twenty years after he recommended to Congress that President Clinton be impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice, Kenneth Starr has written a book about it. Surely, with the passage of time and many other books exploring the Lewinsky affair and the other Clinton scandals, Starr can be treated with dignity and respect. Back then, he faced ABC’s Diane Sawyer calling his Starr Report “demented pornography, pornography for Puritans.” Twenty years later, nothing has changed.
New York Times columnist David Brooks expressed public disagreement with his editorial-page bosses on Friday night's All Things Considered on NPR. He didn't directly mock their choice to publish an anonymous "senior administration official" bragging about how they keep President Trump in check from his worst impulses. He just mocked the official: "It was a stupid act. You know, if you're going to be protecting the president from himself, don't tell him. And so, you know, it's going to make him be much more erratic and much more willful in the face of White House aides."
National Public Radio squeaks its liberalism in almost every sentence. Take a Tuesday night report on Obama's "Clean Power Plan." Chang only interviewed the Obama-loving director of the World Resources Institute and went right to the Left's usual talking point: conservatives will kill people with their failure to be eco-socialists.
California is burning. Multiple wildfires are claiming lives and property and the smoke is so bad, even Yosemite had to be evacuated. News outlets should be reporting all the factors that contributed to the terrible fires and not exploit tragedy to score political points. Instead, the liberal media have been latching onto the fires as evidence of the threat of climate change and bashing the Trump administration every chance they get.