Maybe National Public Radio needs to change its name.
The “radio” part is accurate, but seems like “public” and “national” are kind of off when the station is determined to prevent a diversity of voices?
NPR is partially funded by taxpayer dollars, but they only try to appeal to elite, “blue state” Americans. This has been common knowledge for a long time, but now they’re not even trying to hide it.
Breitbart News reports:
National Public Radio ombudsman/public editor Elizabeth Jensen has recommended that the taxpayer-funded radio news service bar future live interviews of conservatives who may have controversial views, following an interview on Nov. 16 with Breitbart News’ Joel B. Pollak.
Pollak, who serves as Breitbart’s Senior Editor-at-Large and In-house Counsel, defended its Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon from false and defamatory claims of antisemitism and “white nationalism. (…)
In her response, “Listeners: Two Recent Interviews Are ‘Normalizing Hate Speech’,” Jensen concluded that the live format had allowed Pollak to get the better of host Steve Inskeep.
Jensen’s memo went on to insist that more “contextualizing” was needed on NPR shows. This seems to mean making connections that don’t exist. In this particular instance, this involves calling everyone they don’t like a “white nationalist,” including Pollak, who is an observant Jew.
Wouldn’t it be fun if Trump dialed down funding for NPR? Sure, the left would squawk about censorship, but if the message of this station is so vital and popular, why can’t it be self-supporting?