Today NPR is running a sad little story trying to salvage its reputation, following a news sting in which its top people were, not revealed, but recorded as being bigots and biased in their coverage. Unlike NPR or any so called Manhattan journalist, the investigative reporter released, not the edited tape, but his full two hours of tape. After viewing that full two hours, NPR is busy justifying each step–all the while continuing to condemn the journalist who did the sting and condemning the NPR attitudes caught on tape.
That’s fine. They’re entitled to do such a story. It’s like any teenager, criminal, politician or anyone else caught in the act–”but, but, but.” It’s a hard thing to pull off.
But the big reveal is their Scott Walker coverage, when another journalist lied to the Wisconsin governor about being a Koch, which is the conservative equivalent of a Soros. The way NPR covered that story was quite different. Instead of a careful review of all the “but, but, but,” NPR was not bothered by lack of stature of the journalist or any defense of Walker or Koch. No, they simply ended their story with a snarky aside, essentially joining the narrative and piling on, noting that Americans for Prosperity had run a TV ad in support of Walker’s effort: “The advertiser? Americans for Prosperity, a national organization created with money from the Koch brothers. Peter Overby, NPR news.”
(That’s a great example of an NPR trademark: Bow-tie journalism. Don’t know how to end your story? Easy! Toss in a knowing initimation, tying al the loose ends into a beautiful bow. “Whether it will bring peace to the Middle East remains to be seen.” Thanks, NPR!)