NPR's Diane Rehm Show virtually always stacks the deck with critics when Israel is discussed. So the result was predictable for the May 21 program when Rehm partnered with Fawaz Gerges, a media go-to professor with a tendency to take gratuitous shots at Israel.
In an example highlighting NPR's biased news judgement, the network devoted a feature to lamenting the Congressional decision to withdraw funding for a Palestinian version of Sesame Street, but ignored the Mufti of Jerusalem's call to kill all Jews.
NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos agrees with CAMERA on some points regarding Sheera Frenkel's flawed broadcast. But failing to call for corrections suggests a negative trend backwards.
Sheera Frenkel's NPR story, based on distortions and omissions, charges Israel with a purported agenda "to have a purely Jewish state and to get rid of all Palestinians, the ones in the West Bank and in Israel," as one interviewee puts it.
National Public Radio officials lunched with men they believed were potential big donors affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. The "Islamists" were actually self-described "citizen journalists" making a sting video. NPR's Ron Schiller and Betsy Liley chuckled at the "National Palestinian Radio" description and sat through insinuations of undue Jewish influence in the media.
USA Today (online, March 4) published CAMERA's call, by Washington director Eric Rozenman, for public broadcasting to finally conduct mandatory objectivity and balance oversight of NPR and PBS.
On Jan. 20, NPR presented yet another report exemplifying its bias on the Arab Israeli conflict: A human interest story, devoid of essential facts and context, focused entirely on Palestinian grievances, with no Israeli voice, nor the reporter herself, providing a perspective, explanation or caveat on Israel's behalf.
NPR listeners, who are steeped in coverage critical of Israel's policy toward migrants, would be forgiven for knowing nothing of the startling number of African migrants raped, beaten and tortured by Egyptians. For NPR, this story is apparently not worth telling.
After NPR fired Juan Williams, its leader Vivian Schiller defended her network, in part, by claiming that it's a purely private organization that gets essentially "zero" taxpayer funding. This claim is blatantly false – NPR could not survive without taxpayer funding.
NPR news analyst Daniel Schorr brands Israel's blockade of Hamas a "blockade of hate," while colleague Sheera Frankel ignores Erdogan's endorsement of Hamas. Tilted Gaza reports ignore Israeli offers to deliver flotilla aid, including concrete, and Hamas' refusal.