This would be funny, if it wasn’t just so sad. Several media outlets had their credibility put to the test this week (and shocker, failed miserably) after a report from the United Nations out Monday left out a pretty significant detail. The report appeared to condemn President Trump over the border policy, calling the U.S. out for holding “100,000”, or “⅓ of the children globally held in migrant- detention centers.” The media rushed to share the report as more bad news for Trump. However they were singing a different tune when the UN report’s author clarified his data was from 2015, when President Obama was in office.
Nine days after the election, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin conceded defeat on Thursday. A year after her defeat, Georgia's Stacey Abrams maintains she was robbed. Ashe Schow at the Daily Wire pointed out this week that NPR has a very different standard on this score for Republicans and Democrats.
NPR's David Welna offered an online book review on the new "tell-all" book by Guy Snodgrass, a top aide to former Defense Secretary James Mattis. Welna highlighted several examples of Mattis digging in to defend Obama's legacy and getting frustrated that President Trump kept overturning Obama.
NPR has a series called "Off Script," where regular voters question the presidential candidates. On Wednesday's Morning Edition, they aired audio of an El Paso school teacher suggesting to Beto O' Rourke that his proposal to take away "assault weapons" from Americans through a "mandatory buyback" program won't pass constitutional muster, and will help the Republicans underline how Democrats oppose the Second Amendment.
NPR's longtime loathing of Fox News approached Maximum Shamelessness on Friday night when NPR anchor Ari Shapiro suggested that Shepard Smith abruptly leaving Fox looked like "a purge based on purity." As if NPR has a pile of conservatives on staff for balance? In 2010, NPR fired Juan Williams for an appearance on Fox where he admitted he gets nervous when people wear Muslim garb on airplanes.
Earlier, we noted NPR Public Editor Elizabeth Jensen slammed Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) for allegedly misleading NPR listeners by noting Adam Schiff wrongly claimed "we" (he and his staff) had no contact with the "whistleblower" at the center of the Democrat impeachment inquiry. Shelby Talcott at the Daily Caller reports that on Thursday, Banks formally protested this accusation in a letter to NPR News Executive Editor Edith Chapin.
The anchors on PBS and NPR share the robotic talking point that there's "no evidence" that Joe or Hunter Biden "did anything wrong" in Ukraine. On Wednesday night, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo patiently answered fairly pointed questions from PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff, but he couldn't abide the Biden talking point, telling Woodruff she sounded like the Democratic National Committee.
Lyndsey Fifield of Heritage pointed out on Sunday that NPR Public Editor (or Ombudsman) Elizabeth Jensen proclaimed on Friday night that NPR allowed misinformation on their airwaves. The culprit was Rep. Jim Banks (R-Indiana), who said Adam Schiff lied about he and his staff's contacts with the vaunted "whistleblower" that's central to the Democrat impeachment effort. But wait, The Washington Post gave Schiff "Four Pinocchios" for that claim, which would suggest Schiff....lied.
Is NPR saying the Washington Post pushed misinformation?
Paul Crookston at the Washington Free Beacon captured a sickening moment on NPR's Morning Edition on Tuesday. All Things Considered anchor Ailsa Chang traveled to Beijing for the 70th anniversary of iron-fisted Communist Party rule and was interviewed by morning host Steve Inskeep. Chang touted how Red China's record on poverty is "spectacular."
Rush Limbaugh and conservative Twitter made a big deal on Thursday out of Rep. Adam Schiff wildly mischaracterizing President Trump's phone call with the president of Ukraine: "And I’m going to say this only seven times, so you better listen good. I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand? Lots of dirt, on this and on that." On NPR's All Things Considered, anchor Ari Shapiro interviewed Schiff for almost seven minutes, and never brought it up. Once again, so much for considering All Things. The PBS NewsHour was even worse.
Graham Piro at the Washington Free Beacon found a fascinating nugget in the waning minutes of an hourlong Monday segmentt of the NPR talk show 1A. Host Joshua Johnson was speaking about how many Democratic voters strongly -- we might say creepily -- hope to see their opponents die off so the Left can get what they want.
NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson touts she's had "34 great years at NPR," so it's not surprising she's going to offer the dependable liberal hot take on President Trump's newest scandal. Trump accusing Biden of impropriety involving his son's Ukrainian business dealings? She broke out the B-word, "birtherism."