A Very Bad Week For Media As NPR and Katie Couric Self-Identify as Dumpster Fires

Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2024
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by Tammy Bruce
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Biased left-wing journalists keep telling us they are neither biased nor leftists. But new examples keep popping up that disprove their self-righteous claims and expose their sneering contempt for average Americans.

Progressive journalists, who now dominate their profession like never before, want us to think they follow the old motto of Superman (alias newspaper reporter Clark Kent) and fight for “Truth, Justice and the American Way.” In reality, most are leftist propagandists, slanting the news to spread their radical worldview.   

The latest indisputable evidence of the leftist stranglehold on the mainstream media came Wednesday, when NPR Senior Business Editor Uri Berliner resigned after drawing condemnation from NPR leadership. Berliner’s cardinal sin was writing a blistering tell-all essay for the Free Press website exposing how the public radio network has changed over the course of his 25 years working there from a news organization into a leftist propaganda organ.

I wrote about Berliner in my column last week. After that, NPR hit Berliner with a five-day suspension without pay, a written rebuke and a warning that he would be fired if he writes for an outside news organization again without first getting NPR’s permission. So much for freedom of the press and allowing the public to consider all things. 

Apparently deciding he’d had enough, Berliner has resigned in an email to NPR CEO Katherine Maher, writing: “I cannot work in a newsroom where I am disparaged by a new CEO whose divisive views confirm the very problems at NPR I cite in my Free Press essay.”

Divisive views indeed. New reporting this week first by Christopher Rufo on his X account, and then followed by the New York Times, revealed that Maher had a long history of social media posts attacking former President Donald Trump before joining NPR.

“Also, Donald Trump is a racist” Maher tweeted in 2018. In a tweet in 2020 she posted a photo of herself in a hat that said ‘BIDEN PRESIDENT” during Joe Biden’s presidential campaign against Trump. She also tweeted that she supports reparations for Black Americans whose ancestors were enslaved and minimized the seriousness of rioting that followed the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, in 2020.   

And positioning herself even farther left than Hillary Clinton, Maher tweeted in 2016: “I do wish Hillary wouldn’t use the language of ‘boy and girl’ – it’s erasing language for non-binary people.” What a horrific microaggression! Good to know that Maher considered this an important issue. 

Another example of just how out of touch the leftist media are came this week from Katie Couric, former long-time host of “The Today Show” on NBC and the “CBS Evening News,” when she expressed smug and patronizing condescension for ordinary people in a remarkably candid podcast interview.

Looking down on supporters of Donald Trump, multimillionaire Couric described some of them as being motivated by “socioeconomic disparities” and “a lot of class resentment … and anti-intellectualism.” She said some Trump supporters are jealous of people doing better economically and that this is “a recipe for such anger and resentment and grievance.” Katie using a word salad to call Americans dumb, poor, and jealous isn’t going to age well.

Poor Katie. Sounds like she was echoing the views of Hillary Clinton in 2016. As the Democratic presidential nominee running unsuccessfully against Trump, Clinton said that “you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables …. The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it. And unfortunately, there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”

It’s a wonder Clinton didn’t land her own show on MSNBC after the “deplorables” rejected her candidacy. She would have fit right in.

But it’s quite revealing, after decades of work, all the American feminist movement churned out was a bunch of mean girls calling everyone else names.

As we might expect, the comments of Clinton and Couric reflect the views of many mainstream journalists. An online survey of 1,600 U.S. journalists in 2022 found that 36.4% said they were Democrats — more than 10 times greater than the 3.4% who said they were Republicans. The majority of journalists said they were not supporters of either major party, reflecting the reluctance of most in the media to reveal who they vote for. But it’s a safe bet that the lion’s share of journalists lean left. Just look at the overwhelming hostility most express in their news coverage of Trump.

The same survey also showed that 96.4% of American journalists are college graduates — almost three times the 32.9% of the overall adult U.S. population with college degrees. This makes it hard for journalists to see the world through the eyes of hardworking Americans with blue-collar jobs.

The mainstream media regularly embrace liberal orthodoxy by expressing support for Big Government and high taxes, and hostility toward profit-making businesses.

On top of this, most news organizations look down on Americans who embrace traditional values and religious views as ignorant and backward rubes; demonize opponents of affirmative action and equity quotas as racists; treat Second Amendment defenders as advocates for gun violence; elevate transgender rights over the rights of biological females to fair competition in sports and privacy in female spaces; and criticize Israel as it fights the murderous terrorists of Hamas. 

When he was running for president in 2008, Barack Obama insulted millions of Americans who rejected his liberal views by saying “they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them, or anti-immigrant sentiment, or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” Hillary Clinton followed up eight years later with her “deplorables” tirade.

Too many in the liberal media share the view that anyone with contrary views is somehow evil or just plain dumb. I’m glad Uri Berliner called this out at NPR and sorry he lost his job as a result. More journalists need to look in the mirror, see their leftist bias for what it is, and put dedication to truth-telling ahead of their role as progressive propagandists.

Tammy Bruce, an Independent Conservative, has traversed a unique political journey that reflects her commitment to principles rather than party affiliations. She joined Fox News in 2005 as a Political Contributor, hosting her show “Get Tammy Bruce” on Fox Nation and providing insightful commentary on various issues for the Association for Mature Americans (AMAC).

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of AMAC or AMAC Action.

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