NPR STUDY - Mitch Perry

05/25/04

According to a survey released today by the left-leaning media watchdog group FAIR - Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, there is very little Public in Public Radio, and among partisan sources, Republicans outnumber Democrats on National Public Radio.

FAIR reports that Republicans not only had a substantial partisan edge, but that individual Republicans were NPR's most popular sources overall....., According

The study counted 2,334 sources used in 804 stories aired last June for four programs: "All Things Considered," "Morning Edition," "Weekend Edition Saturday" and "Weekend Edition Sunday." For the analysis of think tanks, FAIR used the months of May through August 2003.

Overall, Republicans outnumbered Democrats by 61 percent to 38 percent, a figure only slightly higher now, when the GOP controls the White House and both houses of Congress, than during a previous survey in 1993, during the Clinton administration.

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting's Steve Rendall's is a co-author of the report.

(roll tape#1 o.q."or uninformed")

For the past few years, liberals have decried the seemingly one sidedness of much of much of radio as a host of mostly conservative voices......Fox News' Bill O'Reilly and others have derided the advent of a new liberal radio network on AM - Air America - saying that the left already has such a network - called NPR...But FAIR's Steve Rendall, who is also heard on WMNF and over 130 other stations across the country each week as the co-host of FAIR's weekly radio show Counterspin, says such comments are absurd

(roll tape#2 o.q." just about the same numbers")

But despite some newspaper headlines today in trumping FAIR's study, the co-author of the report, Steve Rendall, says FAIR is NOT saying that NPR is dominated by conservative voices (roll tape#3 o.q."of a liberal bias")

NPR spokeswoman told Newsday today, "This is America - any group has the right to criticize our coverage. That said, there are obviously a lot of intelligent people out there who listen to NPR day after day and think we're fair and in-depth in our approach."

FAIR's new study is now on their website....To read it, you would go on the Internet to www.fair.org

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