NPR CEO’s social media history shows more left-wing bias at taxpayer-funded media organization

The unearthed tweets of National Public Radio CEO Katherine Maher added more fuel to the firestorm over deeply entrenched left-wing bias at the taxpayer-funded media organization.

It’s been a chaotic week after longtime NPR editor Uri Berliner tossed a live grenade into the newsroom with a shocking expose of cultural rot, journalistic malpractice, and a shift into pure propaganda following former Donald J. Trump’s upset of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

Berliner’s blowing the whistle in a scathing essay for independent media outlet The Free Press caused “turmoil” at NPR and drew an angry response from Maher who lashed out at the “profoundly disrespectful, hurtful, and demeaning” criticism.

“It is deeply simplistic to assert that the diversity of America can be reduced to any particular set of beliefs, and faulty reasoning to infer that identity is determinative of one’s thoughts or political leanings. Each of our colleagues are here because they are excellent, accomplished professionals with an intense commitment to our work: we are stronger because of the work we do together, and we owe each other our utmost respect. We fulfill our mission best when we look and sound like the country we serve,” Maher wrote in a lengthy memo to employees.

However, her troublesome past tweets may be an indication that she’s not the ideal choice to ride herd over a DEI-obsessed herd of employees whose communist leanings need to be held in check if NPR is to be a legitimate news source.

“I mean, sure, looting is counterproductive. But it’s hard to be mad about protests not prioritizing the private property of a system of oppression founded on treating people’s ancestors as private property,” Maher posted on Twitter, since renamed as X, during the early stages of the violent race riots that ripped across the country in 2020.

“It is a gross and deliberate misrepresentation to conflate peaceful protest with looting. No one is condoning looting. But placing the value of property over the value of people’s lives is moral failure,” she wrote a week later, seeming to defend the criminal rampage of Black Lives Matter and Antifa hooligans after the unfortunate death of George Floyd, who perished while resisting arrest.

“White silence is complicity. If you are white, today is the day to start a conversation in your community,” she also wrote in June 2020, a period of heavy Twitter activity during the George Floyd “summer of love” when white people became enemies in their own country and were demonized by the media, including NPR.

In 2016, Maher complained that Hillary wasn’t “woke” enough. “I do wish Hillary wouldn’t use the language of “boy and girl” – it’s erasing language for non-binary people,” she wrote a month before the election.

In another tweet that lays bare her own flaming political biases, Maher showed off her Joe Biden hat while sporting a black face mask days before the 2020 election as she was working to get out the vote for the geriatric Democrat.

In his damning essay, Berliner described how DEI became the “North Star” at NPR which came to define coverage become part of the organizational culture.

“Race and identity became paramount in nearly every aspect of the workplace. Journalists were required to ask everyone we interviewed their race, gender, and ethnicity (among other questions), and had to enter it in a centralized tracking system. We were given unconscious bias training sessions,” he wrote. “A growing DEI staff offered regular meetings imploring us to ‘start talking about race.’Monthly dialogues were offered for ‘women of color’ and ‘men of color.’ Nonbinary people of color were included, too.”

“In DC, where NPR is headquartered and many of us live, I found 87 registered Democrats working in editorial positions and zero Republicans,” Berliner said. “None.”

Chris Donaldson

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