The Left Eats Itself: Petition Inside NPR Accuses Them of a ‘White Supremacist Tradition’
We have seen some of the largest liberal newspapers in the country boil over the race in internal turmoil, so it is only natural that this would happen on National Public Radio. Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard cited a manifesto for an “Anti-Racist Future” and “Public Media Transformation” posted on Current, a website for public service broadcasters and insiders.
Organizer Celeste Headlee bragged on Twitter on Friday that she has over 450 signatories to this “vision” statement, which states: “White supremacist culture and anti-blackness shape the guidelines, norms and standards of public radio.”
It added, “You determine whose opinions are valued, whose voices are heard, whose stories are told and taken seriously, who is promoted and whose résumé never gets a second look. Historically, black on-air talents are told their dialect, and speaking voices do not fit the prototype of public radio. There is a strong tendency for journalists to have a certain ethnic or regional tone in their voting. “
All Things Considered by NPR had black co-host Michelle Morris and then black co-host Audie Cornish. Weekend All in all star black anchor Michel Martin. NPR added a “Code Switch” project in 2013 to quench the desire to talk about racing endlessly. This included a promotional interview with the author of the book In Defense of Looting in August. But go ahead, suggest that NPR is a hopeless “white supremacist”.
“It’s time for a new kind of journalism: anti-racist journalism. We hope to be able to tear down the public radio in order to rebuild it, ”it said. Media coverage should “focus on the most marginalized” and serve those “traditionally underserved by the corporate media”.
As usual, the left never considers the idea that public radio is publicly funded, and half of that public is Republican. They expect taxpayers to pay for their “revolution”. NPR can be expected to respond by attempting to meet these demands as left media listen to left demands and ignore conservative grievances.
Of course, the term “objectivity” needs to be dropped. Bedard noted:
“It’s time for a new kind of journalism: anti-racist journalism. We hope to be able to tear down the public radio in order to rebuild it, “they said.
“Public radio newsrooms need to transform their coverage by insisting on different newsrooms, ending the pursuit of objectivity, rigorously pursuing racial diversity in procurement and audiences, and developing codes of ethics that include anti-racism and harm reduction,” it said.
In fact, it is said that objectivity does not exist in journalism because it comes from the perspective of whites. “The pursuit of objectivity denies this reality and leads to the silence of journalists, whose subjective reality – for example black or trans or working class – leads to their being classified as non-objective,” says the call to action.
In a section titled “Accountability,” the statement calls for public radio to be a tremendous coast-to-coast left-wing lobbying group to tackle racism:
Vision and demand: We envision public media in the 21st century that will not give up the “race bill” in the murky swamps of 2020, but will instead lead the race account to its most transformative results: organizations that are led by black people and indigenous people as well as people of color and that oppose them are accountable; Organizations that do in-depth and ongoing work to eradicate racism and resist white supremacy; Organizations that are part of a media movement for reparation and media justice.
Of course, the call for redress is included: “In addition to apologies to individuals and communities, those in charge of the public media should offer the injured people specific, concrete forms of redress and accountability. These reparations could include financial compensation offers, assistance with mental health costs for individuals, or in some cases the opportunity to return to positions they left or lost. “
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