The Village Times





Steve Inskeep


National Public Radio (NPR)


Slowly but surely, NPR has evolved from a bastion of liberalism to a beacon of sensible centrism. They still make the occasional misstep, like terminating Juan Williams for expressing his fear of Muslims on airplanes, but their overall direction is such that we’re comfortable bringing them into the Village fold. Today’s NPR welcomes views from both liberals and conservatives, e.g., those who support drone warfare vs. those who back full-scale invasions. They truly have become “one of us.” But don’t take our word for it. Here's what NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard wrote in 2009: “I've said it before, and I will reiterate it. NPR is a mainstream news outlet.”


Founded: 1970

Key Personalities: Steve Inskeep (left); Diane Rehm; Melissa Block; Terry Gross; Alicia Shepard.

Shows: Morning Edition Sunday; All Things Considered; Fresh Air; Talk of the Nation; Weekend Edition.

Achievements: Kept anti-war activists under wraps during Iraq War. Dropped program produced by woman who participated in Occupy DC. Fed fires of Generational Warfare with piece entitled “Old Triumph Over Young in Federal Spending and Sequester Makes It Worse.” Ran PR piece for Bank of America. Refused to describe waterboarding as torture. Fired executive Ron Schiller for criticizing conservatives. Gave Richard Perle airtime on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War.