radio blues, part 2

A question for a day in which NPR’s top executive is forced out, and the right can’t contain its glee: what’s the difference between NPR and Fox News?

You won’t read better than this, I think.

I don’t doubt for a milisecond – and never have – that NPR and the NYT have often profound biases to the liberal side of the equation. I’ve long argued that they should admit it and move on. But I don’t get the sense from watching PBS or listening to NPR that they take it as their guiding mission to push for a particular political party or rig the news to inflame a political party’s base. I think they still try to aim for fairness and the truth. I truly don’t believe, with a few exceptions that this is the case with FNC. I think it’s a political operation using the guise of “journalism” to advance a cause and a party; I think NPR is a news organization with a political bias.

That’s from the invaluable Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish. (Here’s the link to the full post, though in this case I had to take most of it in order for the argument to make sense.)


One thought on “radio blues, part 2

  1. I know you like Sullivan a lot. I loathe him. Can’t put my finger on why, but I do.

    NPR is, if anything, too centrist in its approach to the news. I subscribe to the insult that NPR stands for Nice, Polite Republicans.

    They rarely call bullshit on bullshit statements and ideas and bend over backwards to be super-duper nice to the same conservatives who hate their guts.

    Sullivan’s full of shit. NPR is not a liberal news organization. Because it does a reasonably decent job of reporting, it appears liberal. But that’s what happens when your reporting is not overly influences by either corporate ad cash or a reporter’s desire to be seen at Washington dinner parties.

    As if “admitting” anything would settle anything.

    The only proper response to Fox News is to marginalize them. Disinvite them to seats in the White House press room, treat them like an opinion organization.

    Sullivan goes for some kind of semi-equivalence — Fox is partisan but hides it; NPR is partisan but doesn’t seem to know it — but he’s blowing smoke out his ass.

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