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Npr Ombud and Jonah

NPR Ombudsman Jeffrey Dvorkin discovered that a number of liberals were very upset (“I sensed a spewing of cornflakes across the breakfast tables of America”) that Jonah Goldberg would sit in the Daniel Schorr spot on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday. Dvorkin responds with some nice words about Jonah’s appearance and some snippy words for the Daily Kos readers who e-protested en masse.

But in the end, the liberal media arrogance is still there in suggesting that Jonah’s slot was a bit odd since Schorr “sees himself as a non-political journalist who analyzes the news on NPR. Goldberg describes himself as anything BUT non-political….Schorr is seen as a representing an implicitly liberal journalism. That’s a view that neither Schorr nor I agree with.” To liberals, it’s only their self-perception that matters. I don’t think I’m political, so I’m not. Case closed. This, despite Schorr declaiming on NPR upon Clinton arriving, that SDI was thankfully dead: “President Reagan’s impossible dream of ten years ago, the impenetrable shield is dead, 30 billion dollars later.”

Dvorkin kept digging a hole: “Schorr’s perspectives are, in my opinion, not particularly ideological because his journalist’s musings have more perspectives from history than from party politics. A more appropriate replacement might have been someone closer to his stature. PBS’ Gwen Ifill or Doyle McManus from the Los Angeles Times come to mind.” Yes, that’s Gwen Ifill, the one who may I remind you likes describing conservatives and their works with words like “terrorist,” “truck bomb,” and “assassination.”

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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