May 25, 2004

Does NPR have a liberal bias? Hardly, according to lefty media watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting. In its study of NPR signature programming, FAIR found the network's partisan sources are more likely to be Republican. The study titled "How Public is Public Radio?" also claims NPR "relies on the same elite and influential sources that dominate mainstream commercial news, and falls short of reflecting the diversity of the American public."
"I intend to become much more of an advocate for public broadcasting than when I am on the air and seem to be acting in self-interest." In a Texas Monthly interview, Bill Moyers discusses the price public broadcasting pays for federal funding and what he intends to do about it.
Bob Edwards, back in D.C. in a break from his book tour, said NPR bosses didn't give him the option of co-hosting the show before they reassigned him [RealAudio file.]. "I was never asked to be a co-host, I was never told I would have a co-host. None of that came up," Edwards said on Diane Rehm's talk show May 21. Program chief Jay Kernis has said NPR wanted two hosts for the show that Edwards hosted alone. He said he will remain at NPR "for the time being," but owes it to himself and his family to review "attractive options" offered by others.