NPR Suspends Editor Who Objected to Bias and Lack of Diversity at Company
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by jonathanturley
11h ago
NPR has been faced with a torrent of criticism over its bias and intolerance for opposing views in programming, including a stinging criticism from award-winning editor Uri Berliner. In response, NPR appears eager to fulfill that narrative and has suspended Berliner for speaking with the media.  It appears that Berliner’s objections to NPR’s “absence of viewpoint diversity” is a bit too much for NPR to bear. After Berliner wrote his piece in the Free Press, NPR CEO Katherine Maher attacked Berliner and made clear that NPR had no intention to change its one-sided editorial staff or it ..read more
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Should NPR Rely on Listeners Rather Than Taxpayers Like You?
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by jonathanturley
2d ago
Below is my column in The Hill on the growing controversy over NPR and the government subsidy of its programming. There is not much serious debate over the political bias of the company, but NPR has a right to slant its coverage. The question is why this company should be given a federal subsidy over its competitors. Here is the column: It has been a rough week for the National Public Radio (NPR) after a respected editor, Uri Berliner, wrote a scathing account of the political bias at the media outlet. Although NPR responded by denying the allegations, the controversy has ..read more
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The Trump Trial in Manhattan is an Indictment of the New York Legal System
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by jonathanturley
2d ago
Below is my column in the New York Post on the start of the Trump trial today in New York. I have long been critical of the case as a clear example of the weaponization of the criminal justice system. No one seriously believes that Alvin Bragg would have spent this time and money to prosecute what is ordinarily a state misdemeanor if the defendant was anyone other than Trump. One does not have to like Trump to repel from the spectacle about to unfold in Manhattan. Here is the column: The famous Roman philosopher and orator Marcus Tullius Cicero once said, “The more laws, the less justice.” Thi ..read more
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“Profoundly Disrespectful, Hurtful, and Demeaning”: NPR CEO Strikes Out at Editor Who Exposed the Bias of Company
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by jonathanturley
3d ago
This weekend, I wrote a column on the continuing controversy at NPR and the bias detailed in a recent bombshell essay by respected editor Uri Berliner. The company has long been criticized for its partisan coverage, including running debunked stories. Now NPR CEO Katherine Maher has responded and appeared to confirm that the publicly supported media company has no intention to bring greater balance to its coverage or editorial staff. Berliner detailed the complete exclusion of any Republicans among the editors of NPR’s Washington office and various examples of raw bias in favor of Democratic n ..read more
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Berkeley Law Student: We Had A Protected Right to Protest at Dean’s Home
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by jonathanturley
4d ago
We recently discussed the students who conducted a protest inside the home of Berkeley Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and his wife, law Professor Catherine Fisk. The students, including UC Berkeley law student Malak Afaneh, refused to stop disrupting the dinner as Chemerinsky and Fisk reminded them that this is their home, not a public forum. Now Afaneh is claiming a First Amendment right to enter a private home and protest and she is citing legal advisers with the National Lawyers Guild. Chemerinsky was told to expect protests and student groups demanded that the dinners be cancelled. Once at the di ..read more
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“Nonsensical”: Another Federal Judge Rejects All of Hunter Biden’s Claims for Dismissal
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by jonathanturley
4d ago
While some legal analysts continue to boost Hunter Biden’s legal claims, the reviews in actual courts are far less glowing. Recently, we discussed a federal judge rejecting all eight motions of Hunter Biden to dismiss his tax charges in a stinging opinion citing a conspicuous lack of actual evidence to support their claims. Now, U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika has also rejected those claims in the gun case in Delaware, calling Hunter’s arguments “nonsensical.” Legal experts like MSNBC’s Andew Weissmann have slammed the gun charges as “an abuse.” Hunter Biden’s counsel has argued selecti ..read more
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“Support Your Local Antifa”: Alabama Man Arrested in Alleged Political Bombing
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by jonathanturley
5d ago
Kyle Benjamin Douglas Calvert, 26, has become the latest Antifa member arrested for alleged political violence. Calvert is accused in the explosion of an IED device outside of Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall’s office in downtown Montgomery at around 3:42 a.m. on February 24. For years, Democratic politicians and the media have downplayed the violence of Antifa, even questioning its very existence. These photos may help them come to grips with the reality of Antifa. The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Calvert has been charged with the malicious use of an explosive and posses ..read more
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Berkeley Prosecutors Cut Probation Deal for Scientist Who Tried to Kill Colleague
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by jonathanturley
6d ago
I have been a criminal defense attorney for my entire career, but there is a case out of Berkeley, California that is a real head scratcher. David Xu was the chief metallurgist for a company called Berkeley Engineering and Research (BEAR) and was caught on tape trying to poison a colleague. His actions are blamed for not only causing harm to Rong Yuan, but her parents. After spending only 10 days in jail, Alameda County prosecutors and a judge signed off on a probation deal in the case. Xu was arrested back in 2019 after Yuan became suspicious that her illness (which she thought might be ..read more
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Berkeley Students Disrupt Dinner at Law Dean’s Home; Accuse Law Professor of Assault
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by jonathanturley
6d ago
UC Berkeley’s law school dean, Erwin Chemerinsky, and his wife, law professor Catherine Fisk, faced a bizarre scene this week when third-year students invited into their home for a dinner held a disruptive protest and refused to leave. The students accused Fisk of assault after she tried to pull a microphone from the hands of Malak Afaneh, leader of Berkeley Law Students for Justice in Palestine. Afaneh has been featured by Berkeley on its website discussing how “As a proud Muslim immigrant, a first gen, low income student, and a survivor, I know exactly what it feels like to not have anyone ..read more
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Academia’s Radical Chic: Anti-Israeli Mandatory Class Puts Spotlight on UCLA’s Activist-in-Resident Program
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by jonathanturley
6d ago
There has been much discussion about the controversial mandatory lecture for first-year medical students at the University of California Los Angeles from a pro-Palestinian speaker accused of anti-Semitic postings and racist rhetoric. However, there is less attention to the fact that Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia was appearing because she is one of UCLA’s paid Activists-in-Residence. Gray-Garica is described by UCLA as “a formerly unhoused and incarcerated poverty scholar who prefers to keep their face covered in public.” UCLA also faced a controversy this week over a scheduled lecture by Dr. Helena ..read more
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