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NPR editor Uri Berliner resigns after bombshell expose reveals network’s pervasive left-wing bias

NPR correspondent Uli Berliner, who was suspended without pay for criticizing the station’s pervasive liberal bias, resigned Wednesday, bidding farewell to the station’s controversial CEO.

“I am leaving NPR, a great American institution where I have worked for 25 years,” Berliner wrote on his social media account Wednesday. “I respect the integrity of my colleagues and want NPR to thrive and do important journalism.”

Berliner added, “I cannot work in a newsroom where the new CEO despises the disagreements that support the very issues at NPR that I cited in my Free Press essay.”

NPR journalist Uli Berliner, who wrote an essay criticizing the company’s bias, has resigned. Sean Zani/PMC

Berliner has come under fire for a series of “woke” social media posts criticizing President Hillary Clinton’s use of the words “boy” and “girl” as “word erasing” NPR He was referring to Kathryn Maher, CEO of For non-binary people. ”

Maher also appeared to justify looting during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests, saying it was “hard to be angry” about the destruction. In 2018, she wrote and deleted a post calling then-President Donald Trump a “racist.”

On Tuesday, NPR spokeswoman Isabel Lara said in a statement that Mr. Maher “was not working in journalism at the time and was not exercising his First Amendment right to express himself like any other American citizen.” I was exercising it,” he said.

Berliner, a Peabody Award-winning journalist, discussed the origins of COVID-19, the war in Gaza, Hunter Biden’s laptop and more in an essay published last Tuesday on Bari Weiss’ online news site. , pointed out blind spots in journalism surrounding major news events. free press.

In Berliner’s essay, “I’ve been at NPR for 25 years. This is how we lost faith in America.” He said there were 87 Democrats and no Republicans.

NPR CEO Katherine Maher has come under fire in recent days for her liberal bias after criticizing Berliner’s essay. Getty Images

He wrote that he presented these findings to colleagues at a May 2021 full editorial staff meeting.

“When I suggested there was a diversity problem with 87 Democrats and 0 Republicans, the reaction was not hostile,” Berliner wrote. “It was worse. It was greeted with deep indifference.”

Everything you need to know about NPR’s political bias scandal

Maher, who took over as NPR’s CEO in late March, responded to Berliner’s essay, calling the veteran journalist “extremely disrespectful, hurtful and degrading” to his colleagues. He claimed that he had an attitude.

She accused Berliner of “questioning whether our people are sincerely fulfilling their mission…based on a mere perception of identity.”

NPR correspondent David Folkenflik reported this week that Berliner was furious and said he had “slandered him.” Berliner also said he had personal interactions with Maher in which he supported diversifying NPR’s workforce to bring it closer to the entire American public; Maher said he was unable to mention it in the exchange.

NPR previously reported on Berlin’s suspension. AFP (via Getty Images)

Elsewhere, Mr. Berliner criticized NPR’s bosses for refusing to seriously report on the laptop incident, which was reported exclusively by the Post.

The laptop contained emails showing President Biden’s son was trying to spread influence abroad, but NPR and other media outlets are actively pursuing the matter in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election. refused to report on it.

According to the Berliner, senior NPR editors were concerned that devoting airtime to the story weeks before voters cast their votes would increase Trump’s chances of re-election.

Berliner wrote that NPR had transformed into “an openly polemical news organization serving a niche audience.”

Berliner told NPR he counted 87 registered Democrats but no Republicans. Getty Images

“This laptop was newsworthy,” Berliner wrote. “But the timeless journalistic instinct to follow the trailblazers of trending news was being suppressed.”

Berliner also said that while NPR has given a disproportionate amount of attention to allegations that President Trump colluded with the Russian government to win the 2016 presidential election, there is insufficient evidence to bring criminal charges. He criticized Robert Mueller for dedicating far fewer resources to his findings.

After the contents of the laptop turned out to be genuine, NPR “may have admitted we made a mistake in judgment,” Berliner wrote.

“But like Russian collusion, [allegations against Trump that were debunked], we didn’t make the hard choice of transparency. ”

Berliner also accused NPR of promoting other left-leaning causes, including imposing “unconscious bias training sessions” on staff in response to George Floyd’s death in May 2020.

Employees were told to “start talking about race,” she said.

NPR journalists also highlighted “gender marginalized and intersex people of color” (MGIPOC), “NPR Noir” (NPR Black Employees) and “women, gender expanders, and trans people in technology across public media.” Gender people.”

If an NPR journalist’s language is “different from those organizations’ policies,” the DEI Accountability Committee will resolve the dispute, Berliner said.

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