*UPDATE* I forgot to mention that NPR pairs David Brooks with liberal, E.J. Dionne, as their political commentators. So their go-to Republican is pro-choice, insists on gay marriage, is a mild fiscal conservative, and the author of the A Moderate Manifesto.
How many stories have you heard about how oil fracking is lifting people out of poverty and providing tons of work and money to average citizens? How many stories on NPR have you heard about the terrible dangers of fracking, environmental concerns, scary Big Oil, etc.? How many?
How many stories have you heard on NPR about rampant promiscuity in the gay community, much higher STD rates, etc.? How many stories have you heard told from the perspective that homosexual relations are obviously fine and good?
Diane Rehm? Old-School liberal. I will give her this: she tends to bring on a pretty balanced panel and will have a conservative voice on. And she does all that she can not to bristle when conservatives say conservative things, especially on social issues. But she often can't help herself like when she says things like this.
I used to think Terry Gross was the most grossly leftist, that is, until Maria Hinojosa took that spot. She's never met a leftist idea she didn't love. (I just clicked on Latino USA to get the spelling of her last name. On the page there is a link to "Sex Ed and the Dominican Republic." Without looking my prediction is that the show will talk about the failure of religion (probably Catholic in particular) and abstinence-only, the need for more (liberal) education, government funded condoms, etc. (Yawn). Any takers on a bet?)
Tavis Smiley? Cornel West? Are you kidding?
"Wait, wait, don't tell me"--a show for democrats with a lousy sense of humor.
Neal Conan was excellent. He played both sides of issues well. Unfortunately his show was cancelled.
Morning Edition, Here and Now, are tolerably center-left. Ira Glass is pretty chill.
Look, folks. When you fire Juan Williams for not being politically correct enough--JUAN FRICKIN' WILLIAMS!--you are L-I-B-E-R-A-L.
As On the Media co-host Bob Garflied said,
“If you were to somehow poll the political orientation of everybody in the NPR news organization and all of the member stations, you would find an overwhelmingly progressive, liberal crowd.”Of course. We ALREADY knew that Bob, from the stories covered, the questions asked, and the questions NOT ASKED. Just admit it, NPR. You are liberal. Embrace your liberalism like conservatives embrace their conservativism. Don't hide behind a facade of total impartiality and objectivity. Let's be honest about our convictions and let people decide who has the better arguments.
For more blog posts on NPR, see my NPR category.
For other fun reading and NPR bashing see:
Why I hate NPR--let me count the ways (a funny story about this guy's NPR loving sister)
No Liberal Bias at NPR--Just ask NPR
Gross vs. O'Reilly