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NPR Frets Over David Sedaris' 'Realish' Stories

Mike Daisey episode prompts more exacting standards

(Newser) - The furor over Mike Daisey's semi-fabricated Foxconn story has NPR rethinking its content—even when it comes to comedy. Humorist David Sedaris' hugely popular stories are now in the spotlight for autobiographical material that he has described as "realish." Before the Daisey brouhaha, This American Life "...

NPR's Wait Wait ... Heading to Television

It's getting a one-hour special next month that could lead to more

(Newser) - NPR's popular Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me is heading for the bright lights of television. The quiz show will get a one-hour special that will air Dec. 23 on the cable channel BBC America, reports AP . The New York Times sees it as a "try-out of sorts"...

NPR Host Michele Norris Steps Down; Husband Joins Obama Re-Election Team
NPR Host Michele Norris Steps Down

NPR Host Michele Norris Steps Down

Hubby accepts senior position on Obama re-election team

(Newser) - All Things Considered host Michele Norris is stepping down as her husband starts a job with the Obama campaign, the Washington Post reports. On NPR's website, Norris wrote that her hubby, Broderick Johnson—a former John Kerry advisor and Clinton White House official—will be a senior adviser on...

NPR Freelancer Canned for Joining Occupiers

Lisa Simeone hosted show on opera

(Newser) - A freelance radio host has lost her NPR World of Opera gig after an outcry over her involvement with a group affiliated with Occupy DC. Baltimore resident Lisa Simeone is acting as spokesperson for protesters under the October 2011/Stop the Machine banner; NPR responded to her involvement in a memo,...

Ben &amp; Jerry&#39;s Actually Making Schweddy Balls
 Ben & Jerry's 
 Actually Making 
 Schweddy Balls 

Ben & Jerry's Actually Making Schweddy Balls

'We thought it would never happen,' notes NPR

(Newser) - It seemed like it had to be a joke , but it turns out it's just based on one: Ben & Jerry's is indeed making a flavor in tribute to Alec Baldwin's raunchy "Schweddy Balls" skit on SNL, reports NPR, which was itself skewered for its famously...

PBS Is a Dead Man Walking
 PBS Is a Dead Man Walking  

PBS Is a Dead Man Walking

Forget the battle over NPR—PBS is the one in trouble: Mark Oppenheimer

(Newser) - Between Juan Williams , James O'Keefe , Vivian Schiller , and that whole defunding thing , NPR has had a rough couple of months. But here's the thing, writes Mark Oppenheimer for Slate : NPR is thriving on FM radio while the rest of FM radio withers. Oppenheimer argues that it's time to shift our...

Steve Inskeep: NPR Isn't Biased, It's Honest and Attracts Conservatives, too
 NPR Isn't Biased, 
 It's Honest 

NPR Isn't Biased, It's Honest

Audience mostly middle-of-road, conservative, Morning Edition host says

(Newser) - James O’Keefe’s sting video purports to expose NPR’s liberal bias, but anyone who actually listens will realize it has “nothing to do with what NPR puts on the air,” argues Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. “I congratulate Mr....

O'Keefe Asks Fans to Pay His Credit Card Bill

ACORN 'pimp' says he spent $50K filming NPR video

(Newser) - Fake pimping just doesn’t pay like it used to. Just ask James O’Keefe, who says he and his friends spent $50,000 on their NPR “sting” video , racking up “major credit card debt” in the process. Now, he’s sent an email to his supporters asking...

House NPR: Republicans Vote to Strip Federal Funding
House Votes to Cut Funding From NPR

House Votes to Cut Funding From NPR

But it looks unlikely to pass in the Senate

(Newser) - The House has voted to end federal funding to National Public Radio, though the chances of it getting through the Senate are slim. Republican supporters say it makes good fiscal sense, but Democratic opponents call it an ideological attack that would deprive local stations of access to programs such as...

Is NPR Liberal? The Radio Station Should Speak Up: Meghan Daum

 Hey, NPR: 
 Stand Up 
 for Yourself 

Hey, NPR: Stand Up for Yourself

Station keeps mum in the face of widespread criticism: Meghan Daum

(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?...

Sarah Palin: Ax Arts Funding

Part of 'frivolous things' government shouldn't be supporting, she says

(Newser) - Don't expect any big boost in funding for the arts if Sarah Palin ever becomes president. In fact, don't expect any arts funding at all. "NPR, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, all those kind of frivolous things that government shouldn't be in the business...

Garrison Keillor Looks at Retirement in 2013

But it sounds more like a maybe

(Newser) - The rough times for public radio continue: Garrison Keillor is making headlines tonight by telling AARP's The Bulletin that he plans to retire from A Prairie Home Companion in 2013. But Lake Wobegon fans can take solace in that he left himself plenty of wiggle room. For starters, he'd have...

GOP Calls Emergency Session to Defund NPR

Bill would ban all federal funding of network

(Newser) - House Republicans may have taken note of Juan Williams' op-ed on NPR yesterday, because they've called an emergency meeting—to try to block NPR's funding. The Rules Committee session today will take up legislation to permanently ban federal funding for NPR and its affiliate stations in the wake of conservative...

Juan Williams: Here's the True Problem With NPR
Juan Williams: Here's the True Problem With NPR

Juan Williams: Here's the True Problem With NPR

Arrogant, elitist leaders ruining a 'once-great brand'

(Newser) - The departure of NPR CEO Vivian Schiller shines a light on the network’s key problem: its "ingrown and arrogant" leaders, who have "lost sight of journalism as the essential product of NPR," writes Juan Williams in the New York Post . Those at the top think they're...

Surprise! NPR Sting Video Deceptively Edited

But organization says some statements still 'egregious'

(Newser) - James O’Keefe’s NPR “ sting video ” has caused some major problems for the organization, but it turns out that it doesn’t quite present the entire truth. O’Keefe recently posted two hours of raw video from the exchange, and experts tell NPR that the 11-minute version...

Just How Close Was NPR to Taking That $5M?

Close, says Daily Caller; not so close, says Talking Points Memo

(Newser) - NPR may have been embarrassed by its ex-fundraiser’s comments on the Tea Party —but at least it refused to accept the $5 million offered by phony donors, right? That original claim had been poked at by the Daily Caller , which yesterday said that emails showed NPR execs were...

NPR Exec Caught in O'Keefe Sting Loses His Next Job

Ron Schiller will no longer be joining the Aspen Institute

(Newser) - The fallout from the conservative sting of NPR continues: The departing exec caught on tape calling Tea Party supporters racist is out of the job he was about to take, reports David Weigel at Slate . "Ron Schiller has informed us that, in light of the controversy surrounding his recent...

NPR's Vivian Schiller Resigns in Wake of O'Keefe Sting

President and CEO had also been criticized for Juan Williams' firing

(Newser) - Following yesterday’s news that an NPR fundraiser was taped calling the Tea Party “seriously racist,” NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller has resigned. Schiller was quick to condemn the comments, which were recorded as part of a sting by James O’Keefe , and the fundraiser in question...

Former NPR Exec Caught Calling Tea Party 'Racist'

James O'Keefe runs sting on organization

(Newser) - James O'Keefe is at it again. This time, he had some actors pose as members of a Muslim educational organization and offer to donate $5 million to NPR, the Daily Caller reports. That scored them a meeting with then-NPR fundraising executive Ron Schiller, who proceeds to summarily bash Republicans, whose...

Public Broadcasting Can Afford to Go Private
Public Broadcasting Can Afford to Go Private
Jim DeMint

Public Broadcasting Can Afford to Go Private

And it's time the broadcasters did just that, writes Sen. Jim DeMint

(Newser) - Republican Sen. Jim DeMint has one simple reason why public broadcasting should go private: Because the presidents of such broadcasting companies "are making more than the president of the United States"—and if PBS can afford to pay its president $632,233 per year, "surely it can...

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