Tuesday, December 08, 2009

NPR reporter pressured over Fox role.

Since the Obama administration pointed out that Fox News has ceased to be a news organisation at all, it seems that everyone is noticing.

Executives at National Public Radio recently asked the network’s top political correspondent, Mara Liasson, to reconsider her regular appearances on Fox News because of what they perceived as the network’s political bias, two sources familiar with the effort said.

According to a source, Liasson was summoned in early October by NPR’s executive editor for news, Dick Meyer, and the network’s supervising senior Washington editor, Ron Elving. The NPR executives said they had concerns that Fox’s programming had grown more partisan, and they asked Liasson to spend 30 days watching the network.

At a follow-up meeting last month, Liasson reported that she’d seen no significant change in Fox’s programming and planned to continue appearing on the network, the source said.

Liasson says that she'd seen "no significant change" in Fox and I rather agree with her on that. It's not any more biased since Obama came to power, it's always been ridiculously right wing. The only difference now is that there is a Democrat in the White House so now Fox see their duty as to hold the executive to account, whereas, when Bush was in power, they saw there duty as to defend the executive no matter what actions it engaged in, including torture.

And I simply loved Liasson's reason for staying with Fox:
Liasson defended her work for Fox by saying that she appears on two of the network’s news programs, not on commentary programs with conservative hosts, the source said. She has also told colleagues that she’s under contract to Fox, so it would be difficult for her to sever her ties with the network, which she has appeared on for more than a decade.
In other words, she's taking the money and it would be very hard for her to stop doing so.

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