Monday, December 7, 2009

Back To The National Stage... To Reiterate Mara Liasson's "Toolosity."

Back in May of this year, I commented on the fact that National Public Radio (NPR) is pretty much my main source of radio news. I like to listen to, and am a member of, my local station, KDLL Radio.

Yes, like most of the radio/tv media, there are times when NPR annoys hell out of me... like when they spend many hours of air time on what I consider to be complete non-stories (like Tiger Woods' marital infidelity or Balloon Boy and his family).

Or when they have pretty much ANY commentary by Mara Liasson.

There are no two ways about it, the woman is a tool.

As I pointed out then, Liasson is a paid "political consultant" for NPR, and is also a paid "political consultant" for Fox News Special Report With Bret Baier and Fox News Sunday.

Well, NPR finally came to the same conclusion that I did: Liasson shouldn't be serving two masters.

As Media Matters has pointed out, "NPR executives (requested) that she reconsider appearing regularly on Fox News because of "what they perceived as the network's political bias."

"Requested?" Those NPR executives are far more polite than I would have been.

Ms Liasson's response? She "defended her work for Fox by saying that she appears on two of the network's news programs, not on commentary programs with conservative hosts."

Unfortunately, what I said back in May is still correct: The programs which Liasson regularly appears on are Fox News Special Report With Bret Baier and Fox News Sunday... both of which, as Media Matters points out, "echo Fox's right-wing opinion shows, often featuring smears, falsehoods, doctored and deceptive editing, and GOP talking points."

Then, as I noted in May, Liasson shows up at NPR and regurgitates the Right Wing talking points.

So, once again I beseech the executives of NPR:

I don't know what her contract with NPR looks like, but if you can find a way to dump this shill for the Right Wing Nuttery, do so posthaste.

Tell her to not let the door hit her ass on the way out.

She is damaging NPR's credibility with thinking people everywhere, and she sullies the reputation of the few actual journalists and legitimate news analysts still working out there.

h/t to Media Matters.