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Gingersnap
12-07-2009, 10:31 AM
NPR reporter pressured over Fox role

By JOSH GERSTEIN | 12/6/09 11:26 PM EST

Executives at National Public Radio recently asked the network’s top political correspondent, Mara Liasson, to reconsider her regular appearances on Fox News because of what they perceived as the network’s political bias, two sources familiar with the effort said.

According to a source, Liasson was summoned in early October by NPR’s executive editor for news, Dick Meyer, and the network’s supervising senior Washington editor, Ron Elving. The NPR executives said they had concerns that Fox’s programming had grown more partisan, and they asked Liasson to spend 30 days watching the network.

At a follow-up meeting last month, Liasson reported that she’d seen no significant change in Fox’s programming and planned to continue appearing on the network, the source said.

NPR’s focus on Liasson’s work as a commentator on Fox’s “Special Report” and “Fox News Sunday” came at about the same time as a White House campaign launched in September to delegitimize the network by painting it as an extension of the Republican Party.

One source said the White House’s criticism of Fox was raised during the discussions with Liasson. However, an NPR spokeswoman told POLITICO that the Obama administration’s attempts to discourage other news outlets from treating Fox as a peer had no impact on any internal discussions at NPR.

Liasson defended her work for Fox by saying that she appears on two of the network’s news programs, not on commentary programs with conservative hosts, the source said. She has also told colleagues that she’s under contract to Fox, so it would be difficult for her to sever her ties with the network, which she has appeared on for more than a decade.

Liasson did not return phone calls seeking comment on the meetings. In an e-mail message, she declined to be interviewed for this article.

What's the problem? Are they afriad she'll get cooties? :rolleyes:

Politico (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1109/29892.html)

marv
12-07-2009, 10:59 AM
"Executives at National Public Radio recently asked the network’s top political correspondent, Mara Liasson, to reconsider her regular appearances on Fox News because of what they perceived as the network’s political bias, two sources familiar with the effort said."
Okay. Now I get it. NPR doesn't permit any kind of political bias.........DUH!

linda22003
12-07-2009, 11:04 AM
Did they also "pressure" Juan Williams? He's on the same Fox News Sunday panel, and is with NPR.

Gingersnap
12-07-2009, 11:10 AM
Did they also "pressure" Juan Williams? He's on the same Fox News Sunday panel, and is with NPR.

Maybe NPR boys can't get cooties.

AmPat
12-07-2009, 03:49 PM
Bad FOX, BAD! How dare you offer programs and programming that people like and watch. :rolleyes:

NPR needs to look at their own programming and see why people believe them to be liberal. The meme thrown around by the liberal media is that FOX is biased when in fact the bias is their own. FOX presents a new approach to reporting. They actually have "REPORTERS" who don't try to spin or bend the news. FOX doesn't try to become part of the story. The legacy news networks haven't been in the NEWS business for many years. Their time is up and they don't like it.

PoliCon
12-07-2009, 03:54 PM
The NPR executives said they had concerns that Fox’s programming had grown more partisanSeems to me like NPR is growing more partisan taking up the presidents anti-Fox agenda. :rolleyes:

lacarnut
12-08-2009, 01:40 PM
The idiots at NPR should understand this logic. Show more diversity in their own programming and their audiences will pick up. However, the liberal mentality will not allow them to fathom fairness and balanced political views.

SarasotaRepub
12-08-2009, 09:26 PM
Yep, this proves for sure the MSM is RW controlled...just like the DUmmies say.

:rolleyes:

Teetop
12-08-2009, 11:46 PM
I have always thought Mara gave honest answers, Juan on the other hand....

:eek: