NPR Senior Editor Resigns, Citing Left-Wing Political Bias

NPR editor resigns after criticizing the outlet's left-wing bias, sparking calls from conservatives to defund the public broadcaster. The controversy highlights concerns about perceived political bias in public media.

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NPR Senior Editor Resigns, Citing Left-Wing Political Bias

NPR Senior Editor Resigns, Citing Left-Wing Political Bias

Uri Berliner, a senior editor at National Public Radio (NPR), has resigned following a five-day suspension for criticizing the outlet's left-wing political bias in an op-ed. Berliner, who had worked at NPR for 25 years, stated that he could no longer work in a newsroom where the new CEO's divisive views confirmed the problems he had cited.

In his op-ed, Berliner argued that NPR has shifted towards a "distilled worldview of a very small segment of the U.S. population." He described how NPR's programming has relentlessly pushed the Russian-collusion story, refused to cover the Hunter Biden laptop story, and portrayed the lab-leak theory as debunked during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Berliner also noted that NPR has imposed a DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) framework organization-wide, leading to the emergence of various employee "affinity" groups based on identity. He found that 87 NPR newsroom editorial staff members were registered Democrats, while none were registered Republicans.

Why this matters: Berliner's resignation and the issues he raised highlight concerns about perceived political bias and lack of viewpoint diversity in public media. The controversy has sparked calls from some conservative lawmakers to defund NPR.

NPR's new CEO, Katherine Maher, has faced criticism for her past comments about free speech and her work with the government to crack down on "misinformation."

In response to the controversy, Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) has unveiled the Defund NPR Act of 2024, which would bar further federal funding for NPR. Tenney accused NPR of becoming a "partisan propaganda machine" and said American taxpayers should not be forced to fund the outlet.

NPR expressed surprise and disappointment at the legislation, stating it would "harm thousands of local and community journalists and station employees." Less than 1 percent of NPR's budget comes from the federal government, according to the outlet.

Key Takeaways

  • NPR editor Uri Berliner resigned after 5-day suspension for criticizing outlet's left-wing bias.
  • Berliner argued NPR has shifted towards a "distilled worldview" and pushed certain narratives.
  • NPR's new CEO Katherine Maher faced criticism for views on free speech and "misinformation".
  • Rep. Claudia Tenney introduced bill to defund NPR, calling it a "partisan propaganda machine".
  • Berliner's resignation and defunding proposal sparked debate over NPR's editorial practices and bias.