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NPR Editor Uri Berliner: We No Longer Have ‘Audience That Reflects America’

“Today, those who listen to NPR or read its coverage online find something different: the distilled worldview of a very small segment of the U.S. population.”

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NPR has often faced charges of political bias in its coverage, especially since and during the rise of former President Donald Trump. One of its senior editors now admits that he views the outlet as a biased one.

In an op-ed for The Free Press, NPR Senior Business Editor Uri Berliner — who has been at the network for 25 years — shared his belief that the outlet has now shifted to a much more left-leaning perspective than it ever featured before.

“It’s true NPR has always had a liberal bent, but during most of my tenure here, an open-minded, curious culture prevailed. We were nerdy, but not knee-jerk, activist, or scolding,” Berliner wrote. “In recent years, however, that has changed. Today, those who listen to NPR or read its coverage online find something different: the distilled worldview of a very small segment of the U.S. population.”

“An open-minded spirit no longer exists within NPR, and now, predictably, we don’t have an audience that reflects America,” he added.

Berliner pointed to three separate stories that, in his view, the network got wrong: the idea that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in 2016, the genesis of the COVID-19 virus, and the Hunter Biden laptop story.

He added that the tone of the network changed under the direction of former CEO John Lansing after the death of George Floyd in 2020.

“The message from the top was very different. America’s infestation with systemic racism was declared loud and clear: it was a given. Our mission was to change it,” he alleged.

He shared that he still has faith the outlet can be an objective source of news for everyday Americans.

“For nearly all my career, working at NPR has been a source of great pride. It’s a privilege to work in the newsroom at a crown jewel of American journalism. My colleagues are congenial and hardworking,” he wrote. “For years, I have been persistent. When I believe our coverage has gone off the rails, I have written regular emails to top news leaders, sometimes even having one-on-one sessions with them.

“No one has ever trashed me. That’s not the NPR way. People are polite. But nothing changes. So I’ve become a visible wrong-thinker at a place I love. It’s uncomfortable, sometimes heartbreaking…Despite our missteps at NPR, defunding isn’t the answer. As the country becomes more fractured, there’s still a need for a public institution where stories are told and viewpoints exchanged in good faith. Defunding, as a rebuke from Congress, wouldn’t change the journalism at NPR. That needs to come from within.”

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SuperTalk Mississippi News Adds On-Demand Audio to Spotify, Apple Podcasts

“I’m very proud of our news team and their ability to not only broadcast accurate news but deliver it to the masses in more ways than just the radio dial.”

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SuperTalk Mississippi News has announced listeners are now able to stay up to date with the latest audio from the network on platforms like Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Hourly newscasts will now be available on the platforms in addition to the plethora of available options from the statewide network.

SuperTalk Mississippi News now being available through both major podcast platforms is a testament to SuperTalk Mississippi Media’s commitment to keeping more and more listeners up to date with what’s going on across the state,” SuperTalk Mississippi Media President and CEO Kim Dillon said. “I’m very proud of our news team and their ability to not only broadcast accurate news but deliver it to the masses in more ways than just the radio dial.”

“While radio is still incredibly effective in delivering news and I don’t believe that’s ever going to change, we want to offer more ways for our listeners to have news at their fingertips,” added News Director J.T. Mitchell. “I am so thankful for the team’s willingness to adapt and thrive as we find more ways to reach Mississippians and keep them informed on a daily basis.”

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Former KCBS Host Narsai David Dies

David joined the station in the 1980s and hosted his show until July 4th, 2022 when he stepped away from the long-running weekend program.

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Longtime KCBS food and wine editor and host Narsai David has died. According to the Audacy-owned station, his health had deteriorated from a fall at his home last year. He was 87.

David joined the station in the 1980s and hosted his show until July 4th, 2022 when he stepped away from the long-running weekend program.

Before working at the news radio station, David operated a restaurant — named after himself — in the Bay Area. The eatery opened in 1970, and was frequented by celebrities like The Rolling Stones and the British Royal Family.

“Narsai had it all. He could deal with the upper echelons of society and he could deal with doofuses like me,” former KCBS anchor and reporter Mike Sugerman said. “We became fast friends. We really respected each other. And I enjoyed his cooking more than anything.”

According to the station, he is survived by his wife, Venus, and his son Daniel.

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Clay Travis: I’m Still Banned From CNN After 2017 Viral Interview

“And I still believe in the First Amendment and boobs.”

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CNN is at the forefront of the media conversation for a multitude of reasons. OutKick founder and nationally syndicated radio host Clay Travis says he won’t be appearing on the network anytime soon.

On Monday, CNN host Kasie Hunt ended an interview with former President Donald Trump’s national press secretary Karoline Leavitt after she continually denigrated Jake Tapper, who is set to moderate the first presidential debate alongside Dana Bash Thursday. The clip went viral, similar to a 2017 interaction Travis had on the network.

While speaking with Brooke Baldwin in a 2017 appearance on the cable network, Travis famously quipped “I’m a First Amendment absolutist. I believe in only two things completely: the First Amendment and boobs … two things that have never let me down in this entire country’s history.”

Baldwin subsequently ended that interview, and Travis claimed he has been barred from appearing on the network ever since.

“I got cut off like Karoline Leavitt and I am still banned from appearing on CNN, seven years later,” he said during The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show. “I’m banned from CNN and ESPN. I don’t think anyone else has that duo. And I still believe in the First Amendment and boobs.”

Travis was also critical of the network for its conduct Monday morning. In a post to X, Travis defended Leavitt’s criticism of Tapper.

“Why shouldn’t that be mentioned and discussed on air? It’s super relevant,” he wrote. (Hunt) made this a far bigger mess for your network by behaving like a petulant brat. Congrats.”

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