The latest PBS NewsHour “Media Watch” segment (brought to you by the goo-goo liberals of the Pew Charitable Trusts) tries to suggest that talk radio is so completely, utterly dominated by conservatives that a “Lone Liberal” is a sad joke based on reality.
But it’s awfully strange that reporter Terry Smith and crew can talk a bunch about Bill O’Reilly and Al Franken and utterly ignore the battle going on about NPR “Fresh Air” host Terry Gross, who even some liberals on Romenesko’s letters page agreed was harsher in a recent book-plugging interview with O’Reilly (who stomped out right near the end of his time) than she was in Franken’s recent book-plugging interview. For those of you whose FM dial never goes below 92, “Fresh Air”
is a largely cultural show, but has regular political guests as well. It airs on, by my last count, 378 NPR affiliates. What’s that, Terry Smith? Chopped liver?