Time for Trump Makeover of Lib NPR and PBS

Time for Trump Makeover of Lib NPR and PBS
Time for Trump Makeover of Lib NPR and PBS

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- At the close of 2017, no less than seven prominent male hosts and editors of influential government-sponsored radio and television shows are out of work amid claims of sexual harassment.

According to their accusers, the alleged Malevolent Seven are powerful pervs and creeps who've been running wild at NPR and PBS for decades, sponsored and subsidized by taxpayers and corporate donors.

In August, award-winning broadcast and radio host John Hockenberry departed from his public radio program “The Takeaway” on New York City's NPR affiliate, which garnered a peak audience of nearly 3 million weekly listeners on more than 270 stations. Female producers and interns accused him of harassment and bullying before and after he deployed his golden parachute. Hockenberry says he's “horrified” by the allegations.

In October, NPR's former editorial director and senior vice president of news, Michael Oreskes, was ousted from his perch after several women claimed he forcibly kissed them in the 1990s while seeking jobs at his previous employer, The New York Times.

That same month, NPR launched an investigation of veteran Minnesota Public Radio host Garrison Keillor, creator of “A Prairie Home Companion.” The liberal icon penned a column defending fellow sexual harassment suspect Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., in late November; the next day, NPR fired him for inappropriate behavior involving at least one female co-worker. Keillor says the only incident he recalls involves inadvertently slipping his hand up the bare back of a “friend.”

Also on the Thanksgiving holiday chopping block: PBS fixture and CBS morning news star Charlie Rose, who reportedly groped, grabbed, phone-harassed and exposed himself to upwards of eight female employees, interns and job applicants dating back to the 1990s.

At the end of November, NPR canned Chief News Editor David Sweeney following an internal review after four of the public radio network's female employees lodged formal complaints involving unwanted kisses, attention and gifts.

In mid-December, Boston-based Tom Ashbrook, host of NPR's “On Point” live morning show broadcast on 290 NPR affiliates stations for the past 16 years, was suspended after young women alleged he gave “creepy” sex talks, hugs and back rubs in the studio. Ashbrook says he was “stunned” to learn of the charges.

And last week, PBS suspended weeknight host Tavis Smiley, whose interview show airs in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Southern California and nationwide — with major corporate underwriting from Walmart. He also hosted a podcast on NPR.

Smiley has waged an aggressive campaign defending himself against his employer's witch hunt “gone too far.”

I can't tell you who's lying and who's telling the truth, but I know with absolute certitude that all seven of these men are left-leaning journalists and pundits encrusted in the public broadcasting establishment.

This is a golden opportunity for President Donald Trump to drain the elitist media swamps and inject true intellectual diversity in the newsrooms of NPR and PBS. Liberal bias at these Beltway institutions is notorious — from NPR legal analyst Nina Totenberg wishing AIDS upon Sen. Jesse Helms and his grandchildren as “retributive justice,” to “Sesame Street's” Oscar the Grouch mocking Fox News on PBS, to top NPR executives slamming the tea party movement as “scary” and “racist” to the undercover journalists of Project Veritas.

If pushover Republicans can't bring themselves to fully defund NPR and PBS, can't they at least step up and advocate for hosts and editors who keep their hands to themselves and refrain from insulting the people in flyover country who keep their rackets afloat?

What better time, in the wake of liberal hypocrisy and sexual harassment self-implosions, to bring real balance to government-sponsored programming?

So far, the moment is being squandered. The replacements announced for Charlie Rose on PBS are BBC correspondent Katty Kay and former CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour.

That's right. Two liberal British female journalists.

Come on, Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Do better, D.C.

All things considered, we could use a little more “America First” and a little less globaloney and groupthink from NPR and PBS. I can think of a conservative female journalist or 12 up to the task.

About Michelle MalkinMichelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin is host of “Michelle Malkin Investigates” on CRTV.com. As well as the author of “Who Built That: Awe-Inspiring Stories of American Tinkerpreneurs” and “Sold Out: How High-Tech Billionaires & Bipartisan Beltway Crapweasels Are Screwing America…” . Her email address is [email protected]

  • 15 thoughts on “Time for Trump Makeover of Lib NPR and PBS

    1. Just in case someone is not aware, neither NPR or PBS are government agencies.

      “In 2009, member stations derived 6% of their revenue from federal, state and local government funding, 10% of their revenue from CPB grants, and 14% of their revenue from universities. While NPR does not receive any direct federal funding, it does receive a small number of competitive grants from CPB and federal agencies like the Department of Education and the Department of Commerce. This funding amounts to approximately 2% of NPR’s overall revenues.”

      While cutting off all federal funding would hurt, it would in no way seriously damage NPR/PBS. Implying that NPR/PBS are substantially government sponsored is misleading.

    2. I thought that the original intent of npr/pbs was to provide access to information not provided by the commercial outlets like SeeBS and that may have been the case early on, but that was long ago. The big yellow bird is worth billions and there are more commercials than nbc while the opinion programming provides indoctrination with a smattering of what’s it worth junk road show. The time has come to end tax payers funded propaganda against tax payers.

    3. I am a conservative who enjoys the arts and do like educated conversation but over the past 20 years NPR has drank the praverbial liberal coolaid to point of preaching and reporting only liberal views. I believe that when NPR was conceived its intent was to educate the public on the government policies and produce good conversion for the public. Over time through private donations it set itself on a path to appease those donors propaganda.

        1. I disagree
          I’m a conservative an a student of history. NPR/PBS is an experiment in direct funding rather than by ads. There should be NO tax payer funding as at the very least I shows Government support of their very liberal bias and at the worst could become a Government tool. I donate even though I disagree with a lots of the liberal slant. I do not listen to the right wing AM radio bunch as they never tell the whole story. Propoganda is Propoganda no matter what part of the political spectrum produces it.

    4. 1. Guilt by accusation is a leftist thing … maybe the complaints have value, maybe not, but firing people based on “she said” is the liberal cowards way out. Investigate, gather the data, then make decisions about appropriate action.

      2. Where is the line between normal human male-female interaction and harassment, and where should it be? If a guy indicates interest and the gal declines, many guys will check twice before walking away. Is that a cause of action? If a man contiunes to bother a woman beyond the point where reasonable people would agree the “No thanks” message is clear then obviously he needs some corrective action. On the other hand if the first female response was positive, or ambiguous, some follow-up is reasonable. Once a lady delivers a clear, concise, positive “Please leave me alone” message then that is what the gentleman should be expected to do. Where we have clearly inappropriate behavior, harassment, groping, persistent pursuit, physical or mental force or intimidation, and so on, immediate intervention is required.

      3. Immediacy is an issue. Timeliness of complaints matter. The veracity of the accuser(s) is a concern. A rush to judgement before even a preliminary review of both parties inputs serves neither party nor the public at large well.

    5. Too bad Trump and Moore can’t step up and do the right thing. At least NPR/PBS are holding associates/employees accountable. Not sure about NPR and PBS’s adulation of all things British. It seems to influence their leftist trend.

      1. I feel (kinda) bad for these guys. To be merely accused of inappropriate anyone bing and lose your career. We’re all innocent until proven guilty in court of law with or without a jury of our peers. That is not to say accusers are without merit. However, merit notwithstanding the former applies to all of us. Self righteous or not, morally superior or not!!

    6. Dropping these two liberal trash has been talked about for years. It has been years since I have watched or listened to the B.S. they spew while they act like they are purists. This is just another good place to save taxpayer dollars by cutting them off the dole. How did they ever get there in the first place, probably some democrap boosting his voting audience.

    7. I woke up the morning of Trump’s triumph and was told by NPR that I(a teacher who enjoyed having 80% black students in his class) was a racist for voting for Trump! How dare they! Their overt prejudice against conservatives should not be state sponsored.

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