Hey, NPR: Stand Up for Yourself

Station keeps mum in the face of widespread criticism: Meghan Daum
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2011 12:20 PM CDT
Is NPR Liberal? The Radio Station Should Speak Up: Meghan Daum
In this March 24, 2009 file photo, President and CEO of NPR Vivian Schiller appears on The Kalb Report at the National Press Club in Washington.   (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

(Newser) – Accusations of a liberal slant are raining down on NPR, and its leaders are putting up with it. It’s time for the station to “show some self-respect and fight back,” writes Meghan Daum in the Los Angeles Times. Tell us: “Are you liberal? Are you neutral? Do your office Christmas parties serve only free-range eggnog?” The fact is that “you may not be left-leaning, but you're left-seeming,” and that’s enough for most people to make assumptions.

Indeed, you don’t need to say anything at all to be called liberal; “you could go content-free” and still face accusations. All you need is “that folksy music between segments” and “the warm, earnest quality of the hosts' and reporters' voices,” not to mention their names, which are more “soy chai latte” than Tea Party. So “stop telling us to listen and decide for ourselves,” Daum pleads. “The only recourse is to tell the truth. Do the reporting, show us the answers.” (Read more Meghan Daum stories.)

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