NPR Rejects Accusation of Political Bias from Veteran Editor

The far-left National Public Radio (NPR) rushed to reprimand senior business editor Uli Berliner on Tuesday after he took issue with the station’s lack of diverse views and opinions due to left-leaning bias. did.

Berliner, in an editorial published I wrote in the Free Press that the rise of taxpayer-funded advocacy at NPR “began” with the election of former President Donald Trump in 2016.

The news industry veteran said that while there are 87 Democrats registered in editorial positions, there are likely zero Republicans in the same positions at the company’s Washington, D.C., headquarters.

In Berliner’s essay, he cited specific examples of NPR’s stagnant reporting in recent years, and while he himself opposes President Trump, Berliner said that the news station “has no intention of harming or overthrowing the Trump presidency.” He claimed that he is actively working to achieve this goal.

He harbors an obsession with DEI and progressives, including NPR’s coronavirus “lab leak theory,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the “Don’t Call Me Gay” bill, and Hunter Biden. laptop, and declared that he had fabricated the 2016 Russian hoax. Dictat.

“Like many newsrooms, his election in 2016 was greeted at NPR with a mix of disbelief, anger and despair,” he wrote. “But what started as tough, honest reporting on a bellicose and untruthful president has pivoted into an effort to damage or even topple the Trump presidency.”

“The open-minded spirit no longer exists within NPR, and as expected, we now don’t have an audience that reflects America,” Berliner said.

Edith Chapin, chief news officer at NPR, said: I have written In a memo to staff Tuesday afternoon, she and her news leadership team strongly rejected Berliner’s assessment.

“We are proud to support the excellent work our desk and show do to cover a wide range of challenging stories,” she wrote. “We believe that inclusion across our staff, procurement and coverage is critical to telling the nuanced stories of this country and our world.”

She added, “None of our work is above scrutiny or criticism. We must have vigorous conversations in our newsrooms about how we serve our entire nation.” ”

An NPR spokeswoman said Chapin, who also serves as the network’s chief content officer, had no further comment.

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