NPR CEO apparently has a “scheduling conflict” and won’t be able to answer questions to the US House Energy and Commerce Committee

May 9 – Here’s one that’s hard to stomach. 

National Public Radio has been in more than a little hot water after a rather explosive editorial was published mid-April from an NPR Senior Editor who exposed alleged liberal bias in the company.

Uri Berliner, after having been with the company for 25 years, has retired. He claims in the column that he really felt that ideology was taking over the journalistic credentials at NPR. 

Well, the US Congress decided they wanted some answers and requested NPR CEO Katherine Maher to come in front of the US House Energy and Commerce Committee today. 

Congressman John Joyce, who sits on the committee said, “This is a chance to bring in those on the far left, which NPR is, and hold them accountable for their left turn, which we see over the past decade. Realize that US tax dollars, everyone who’s listening to your tax dollars, everyone’s tax dollars funds public radio organizations like NPR. So NPR should be focused on fair and objective reporting that considers and reflects the views of all American people, not just the far left. We’ve seen NPR help spread the propaganda for the Chinese Communist Party by claiming that there’s no evidence that TikTok has been used to spy on Americans. NPR uses your and my tax dollars. If we don’t receive adequate answers then Congress will need to take a very serious look at defunding this organization. We cannot just provide funds for a one-sided public radio. Again the public should reflect all the views and the far left turn that NPR has taken must be something that we address on Energy and Commerce.”

It turns out that’s not going to happen. Maher apparently has a “scheduling conflict” and won’t make the Q&A scheduled for today in Energy and Commerce. 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “It looks like the cowardice is going to be couched with I have another appointment that I have to get to. As you listen to me, don’t give another dime to PBS or NPR. You’re already doing that through your tax dollars. They can put all the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young specials they want on there and beg for your money. They are plenty well funded out there and now the CEO Katherine Maher is taking stage left to this NPR hearing in Washington today. Look, I’m paying your salary and now you’re not going to show up? What does that say?”

Attorney Cling Barkdoll said, “Yeah, the old scheduling conflict and it’s a Congressional hearing. I don’t buy that either. This has been kicked around for years, pulling the plug on the federal subsidy to Public Broadcasting, both NPR and public television. We know at the Pennsylvania level that Pennsylvania has also kicked in some money over the years to public broadcasting and I think that got eliminated a couple years ago, then it returned to the budget. I would not be surprised if you see the House vote to pull the funding. But, unlikely that gets through the Senate. It’s unlikely Biden would approve it. But this is an issue that’s very real. It’s hard to make the argument in today’s world that they should get all of this federal money when they clearly have programming that is slanted one way or the other. You think, why should the federal government be involved in funding a news outlet like this? They’ll have the hearing with or without her there, of course.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM noted, “It’s pretty obvious that NPR was going towards being very biased in its coverage ever since around 2015. Many people noticed it. Many people stopped donating. This isn’t just newly done with this whistleblower. The whistleblower is just confirming what a lot of people seem to notice – they were really biased in their coverage. In the past, they’ve had a left lean, but now it’s completely gone to an almost pro progressive Democrat stance on all of their issues. She also, this new CEO, has a history of being quite radical in her viewpoints and there’s so much evidence, including her own words about what she thinks of the world, plus the whistleblower, of course, pointing out that out of 87 editors at NPR, there wasn’t one Republican. There’s no diversity of viewpoint there and that’s become quite obvious. Amazing how she can just pull out this hearing. Hopefully, that’s going to help put the nail in the coffin. People say, why? Who cares? They only get a tiny bit of their funding publicly. No, that position, that reputation about how they get that money and seemingly be more fair, helps them to get a lot of other funding, so this could really hurt them, but they deserve to be hurt with the lack of journalism that has gone on in recent years at NPR.”