Jul 23 2015

NPR Ombud Responds on FAIR Commentary Study

'Somewhat arbitrary,' though pretty much 'what NPR already knows'

NPR ombud Elizabeth Jensen (photo: James Wrona/NPR)

National Public Radio ombud Elizabeth Jensen responds to FAIR’s study of NPR commentary, saying, “I find the specific numbers in the study somewhat arbitrary, even though the broad sweep of its conclusions pretty much echo what NPR already knows.”

Jul 15 2015

Some Things Considered, Mostly by White Men

Study of NPR commentators shows a retreat from diversity—and politics

EJ Dionne & David Brooks (photo: Amherst)

A new FAIR study finds that NPR commentary is dominated by white men and almost never directly addresses political issues.

Jul 02 2015

NPR Ombud Responds on ‘All-Corporate Lobbyist’ Alert

Report not as one-sided as FAIR claimed, Jensen said--but opposition voice would have strengthened it

Obama signing Fast Track (Photo SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Elizabeth Jensen talked to Neal Carruth, a senior editor on NPR’s business desk, who said that had the piece by Yuki Noguchi been longer, it “could have devoted more space to the opposition’s views regarding the business community’s win.” But, he said, “the piece did not ignore the opposition.”

Jun 27 2015

ACTION ALERT: NPR Celebrates Fast-Track Victory With an All-Corporate Lobbyist Segment

Anti-fast track protest (photo: Public Citizen)

Three corporate lobbyists were all the voices National Public Radio chose to air on the victory of fast-track–ignoring the literally thousands of labor, environmental and other public interest groups that strenuously opposed giving Obama special authority to negotiate trade deals.

May 28 2015

Look, a Deficit!: How NPR Distracts You From Issues That Will Actually Affect Your Life

$100 bills (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Billionaire Pete Peterson is spending lots of money to get people to worry about the debt and deficits, and National Public Radio is doing its part to try to promote Peterson’s cause.

May 22 2015

Ira Glass Clarifies That Public Radio Is Ready for the GOOD Kind of Capitalism

Ira Glass at Hearing Is Believing (photo: Mattew Septimus/NPR)

“My hope is that we can move away from a model of asking listeners for money and join the free market,” host of public radio’s This American Life Ira Glass declared last month: “Public radio is ready for capitalism.”

Oct 10 2014

Settlements or Neighborhoods? NPR Takes Netanyahu’s Side

By law, they're Israeli colonies, but NPR's guest calls them 'neighborhoods'

Gilo, occupied West Bank (cc photo: Justin McIntosh/Wikimedia)

NPR’s Morning Edition takes a look at Israeli prime minister’s misleading rhetoric about settlement expansion–but their only guest is an Israeli writer who agrees with him.

Jul 01 2014

RACE LENS: White, White, Don’t Tell Me

NPR's bumbling attempts at diversity

Tell Me More, Michel Martin, NPR

NPR’s historic issue with its lack of diversity isn’t likely to be fixed by their new boss.