Inspired by the debate on the “Pubbies try to muzzle NPR” thread on Great Debates started by a great American, I thought I’d start a thread in which people can drop by and report examples of biased reporting they’ve heard on NPR, or even non-biased reporting that demonstrates lack of bias.
A lot of what NPR reports doesn’t really lend itself to political bias, of course, the issue is, what’s out there. I figure NPR is popular enough with members of this board to develop some kind of consensus, or at least have some good discussions.
I heard two stories that leant themselves to political bias this morning. One is coverage of the trial of Lee Killen for the murder of three civil rights worker in Mississippi 40 years ago. There’s no bias I can detect … not attempt to tie what was done in Mississippi with any current group. I am kind dumfounded by all the coverage the story has gotten on NPR – they’ve been going at it all week, and after all, it’s a story about an 80-year-old man who committed his crime 40 years ago. One or two stories would have been plenty for this one, but they must have aired at least half a dozen and maybe more like a dozen stories about it. It’s a puzzler.
The other was Dick Durbin’s apology for comparing what happens to prisoners in Gitmo to Nazi and Soviet brutality. As has been demonstrated on other threads, Durbin’s actual words were fairly reasonable on the topic, nothing to take offense at, but I guess the Pubbie spin machine has been working him over pretty good over the last couple of weeks, because he was forced to do a tearful mea culpa yesterday for a very reasonable statement. The reporting on the story was neutral to the point of being neutered – I’m guessing Tomlinson’s efforts to suppress NPR have already had a “chilling effect” on NPR’s reporting. There certainly wasn’t any bias in the story I could detect … damned little reporting, either.
Feel free to add your own examples.