NPR could be in serious trouble

April 18 – National Public Radio could be having some financial struggles coming up in the future – and it has a little bit to do with an alleged liberal bias that’s come to light recently. 

Uri Berliner, an NPR senior editor, wrote a scathing piece published in another outlet, about the alleged liberal bias at NPR. 

He later resigned his position after 25 years. 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “If you are giving one red cent, one blue sent to these organizations, would you stop that? You are already donating to them through your taxes. And then they’re begging for money when they play Crosby Stills and Nash and a CSN concert or Judy Collins or Peter Paul and Mary. They’ll beg you for money then and then they run commercials.” 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “I think they’re in some trouble here.”

In the column, Berliner said he really felt that ideology was taking over the journalistic credentials at NPR. 

Barkdoll said, “He revealed that reporters were even being asked to keep logs on the race and ethnicity and gender of people that they were interviewing. He was really blaming it on this new CEO. So yesterday morning, NPR announced that that reporter was being suspended for five days and of course, within a few hours, he said, I’m out of here. I’m resigning. I’m not staying.”

Senator Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee is rolling out legislation that would cut off all federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Barkdoll said, “They get over $100 million a year. Of course, that’s in addition to all the other private underwriting ads, donations from the public. You do wonder, is this the kind of incident and event that’s bringing attention to what’s going on there that you very well could see votes in Congress to say look, let’s cut off that 100 plus million a year? They need to just fly on their own at this point.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM added, “You could say oh, that’s not very much, $100 million, compared to all the other money, but that’s what gives them the credibility and this the ability to actually attract more money is this idea that, I mean, they’re public, obviously their fair or neutral. There was a great podcast called All Things Reconsidered, done by Peter Boghossian, where he said I’ve listened to NPR for years but the programming has become so profoundly ideological – this was before we had a whistleblower – that I can no longer tune in. They did a podcast of maybe six episodes and they have another reporter that resigned from NPR for the same reason. They do a very good job of laying out story after story where you can see they are not only biased, but untruthful, telling out and out lies and people noticed it. They interview a lot of people who had previously donated who say, I no longer donate. You know what? I used to listen to NPR years ago. I thought, okay, they’re left leaning, but it’s giving me another viewpoint and it’s for me to listen and I noticed that they were getting more and more bias and stopped listening. So there’s nothing shocking about this for intellectually honest people who’ve paid attention to NPR since about 2016. It’s amazing. When you look at the CEO, she’s just a nightmare. I think there’s even a place where she questioned the truth itself.”

Ryan said, “She rolls out the personal truth stuff and she’s not going to have a news background either.” 

Jansen added, “We have to realize this is the equity ideology.” 

Ryan asked, “What’s going to happen with the whistleblower?” 

Jansen said, “Well, he technically broke the rules, but it’s hilarious that she’s out there crying about her own First Amendment rights. How dare you look back at her social media? I have my First Amendment right and yet you’re hard on a reporter that basically used his First Amendment right to really point out something that was profoundly wrong with your organization. You should have embraced it and said, hey, we need to look at this instead of demeaning him.”

Barkdoll said, “He very well may sue them because there has now been a deep dive into this new CEO’s social media history – a lot of really harsh anti Donald Trump postings and rhetoric that she has made over the years. When you look at that essay he wrote and maybe it did violate NPR’s internal rules, I mean, he’s legitimately airing some grievances here. He’s saying he still thinks it’s a good organization and they do a lot of great journalism work, but he’s pointing out that he thinks they’ve gone in a bad direction and that it’s not good for the organization. It’s undermining their credibility. I mean, he absolutely has a right to say that. Will he sue them? Maybe.”

Could this shake up NPR programming? 

Barkdoll noted, “They have made cuts. Remember the last few years they’ve had some layoffs. Their news division is a much smaller footprint now than it used to be. I don’t know what their ratings are, but if you ever turn on your NPR station, there’s a lot of these just kind of human interest, public interest stories, not really news, and I don’t know if that’s a part of their redesign or what the calculus is there either.”

Jansen said, “He went repeatedly through the right chains to try to get something done about this. So it wasn’t like he totally ignored them, but they ignored him and that’s why he had to go outside the organization.”