Ah well. Look: I was flattered and perfectly happy to sit in for Dan Schorr at NPR and I’d be glad to do it again. But, as Tim suggests, the notion that Schorr is demonstrably more neutral or non-ideological than me is batty. I’m sure Schorr believes this to be the case. I’m sure many at NPR believe this to be the case. But the fact is that Schorr is a holdover from an age when crusading journalism and mainstream liberalism were considered kindred and complementary (and, usually, complimentary as well). Much like his contemporary, Helen Thomas, Schorr was a lifelong liberal which he thought was a great secret. But now that he’s in semi-retirement and can offer his opinions as he sees fit, his poorly-kept-secret is out in the open. Anybody who thinks Schorr’s opinions aren’t liberal simply hasn’t listened to Schorr. That doesn’t mean he isn’t trying to be fair and objective or that he’s acting in bad faith. He’s not so much dishonest as in denial. For those interested, here is my review of Schorr’s book, which makes largely the same point with more examples.
Now, as for Thomas she was more successful at keeping her secret. All of this time we thought she was doing a very bad job at hiding the fact she was an annoying liberal. It turned out she was doing a pretty good job at concealing the fact that she’s an insanely asinine leftist.