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War on Fox News: NPR Front

John on December 6, 2009 at 10:10 pm

From Politico:

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…

One source said the White House’s criticism of Fox was raised during the discussions with Liasson.

NPR denies any connection to the White House effort, but here’s the timeline the article presents:

  • The anti-Fox campaign became more overt in an Oct. 8 Time story in which Dunn denounced Fox as “opinion journalism masquerading as news.”
  • “They are not really a news organization,” Axelrod said in an Oct. 18 interview on ABC.

And coincidentally, right in the middle of that time period, NPR asked Mara Liassson to observe Fox for 30 days and consider violating her contract with them. No connection to the White House effort whatsoever, except that they mentioned it in the meeting.

If NPR was worried about looking too much in the pocket of the Obama administration, they just confirmed that with this stunt.

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