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NPR reported Sunday that it was “nevertheless true” that Republicans claiming there is a liberal bias in the media was a “political tactic” used by election candidates.
In an article that highlights Republican candidates’ reluctance to speak to mainstream media, NPR devoted a small section of the report to the idea that claiming there was mainstream media bias was a “political tactic for the GOP.
“The issue of liberal bias is not something we can settle in a small section of an article, and coming from an old outlet, a statement that we aim to be impartial would inevitably come down to some people too. .so….partial,” the report said.
“It is also nonetheless true that allegations of liberal bias are themselves a political tactic,” he continued.
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The report also noted a 2021 poll from Gallup, which found that 11% of Republicans trust the media, compared to 68% of Democrats and 31% of independents. Overall, the Gallup Poll found that only 36% of Americans have a “good deal” or “good amount” in “mass media.”
NPR political correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben also pointed the finger at former President Donald Trump.
“Which leads to another factor contributing to the hostility towards journalists: Donald Trump, who has infamously called the press an ‘enemy of the people,'” she wrote.
She said “hostility” has become “an overt part of who other Republicans are.” Kurtzleben opened the article by describing her efforts to poll both Republicans and Democrats on the effect abortion rights were having on Wisconsin’s Senate and gubernatorial primaries.
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Kurtzleben said she hasn’t heard back from Republican candidates she’s contacted and has even had trouble talking to them at public events and said it’s part of a “trend broader” of “actively ignoring or avoiding legacy media”.
“I found former Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch waving to supporters. A staff member who then came between us told me they knew I had reached out and should contact a Communications staff member, who I had already reached out to. He would get back to me, she assured me,” she wrote, adding that the staff member had not responded.
NPR investigative correspondent Laura Sullivan called her own newsroom in April after several mainstream outlets, including the New York Times and Washington Post, reported on the Hunter laptop story. Biden months after the New York Post initially broke the news.
NPR editor Terence Samuel released a statement on the Post’s original report.
“We don’t want to waste our time on stories that aren’t really stories, and we don’t want to waste listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions,” Samuel told the era.
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“Now I think it’s actually different in the sense that you could enlist, but you could also decide that if you’re a Republican, well, if The New York Times hit on me, that’s a badge of honor,” the Republican strategist and CNN commentator told the outlet.
The report also notes that mainstream media no longer have the “reach” they once had.