Think NPR is not feeling the pressure of possible defunding …
After all these years NPR is finally considering journalistic integrity, really? As reported at The Nation, KPCC-FM, one of two NPR stations in the Los Angeles area has suspended its regularly scheduled Planned Parenthood spots. It would appear that some NPR affiliates are running scared as to upsetting Republicans in an environment where costs need to be cut.
Program director Craig Curtis explained in a Friday memo to staff members that “given that the budget debate in congress is focusing today on abortion in general and Planned Parenthood by extension,” running the spots “might raise questions in the mind of the reasonable listener regarding our editorial and sales practices.”
A “reasonable listener” might now have questions about the journalistic integrity of the station.
Journalistic integrity, hardly. It is more like what Weasel Zippers opined … “It’s almost like they don’t want to give conservatives any additional ammo”. However, will such actions only exist on the local level or will there be an all encompassing effort by NPR to give the appearance that they are “Fair and Balanced”. NPR knows that it is on the federal funding chopping block and should have been years ago.