#1 NPR reporter pressured over Fox role12-07-2009, 11:31 AMNPR 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.
12-07-2009, 11:59 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!
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12-07-2009, 12:04 PM
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Did they also "pressure" Juan Williams? He's on the same Fox News Sunday panel, and is with NPR."Today, [the American voter] chooses his rulers as he buys bootleg whiskey, never knowing precisely what he is getting, only certain that it is not what it pretends to be." - H.L. Mencken
12-07-2009, 04:49 PM
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Bad FOX, BAD! How dare you offer programs and programming that people like and watch.
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.Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
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12-07-2009, 04:54 PMThe NPR executives said they had concerns that Fox’s programming had grown more partisanStand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
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