Does NPR have a liberal bias?

I listened to “On The Media” this weekend. This radio show, produced by WNYC in New York, is played on NPR local stations once a week. I listen every week to get a quick update on the conventional wisdom of the Upper West Side of Manhattan. This weekend the show was a series of segments on the trouble NPR is getting into lately, including the resignations of NPR CEO Vivian Schiller, and fund-raiser-in-chief Ron Schiller.

The most over-the-top segment was called “The Bias Bias“. You can listen at the link, or get the whole show as a podcast on iTunes. On this segment, Ira Glass, the producer of “This American Life”, makes the case that NPR’s liberal bias is a myth. In his world, NPR is the mainstream media. He’s right is a way. There is nothing more left wing in a typical “Morning Edition” broadcast than you get in any issue of the New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, the AP, Reuters, or the Guardian. 

But I guess that’s the whole problem, isn’t it?

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