Author and scholar Ayaan Hirsi Ali laid down some truth on Thursday when she called out NPR for eschewing journalistic practices in favor of blatant left-wing activism. Indeed, she suggested that we start calling them by the moniker they have so clearly earned.
On the same day, NPR announced that its alleged reporters could engage in activities that promote “freedom and dignity of human beings” on social media and in everyday life. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to conclude that this likely doesn’t apply to any of its closeted Trump-supporting employees — if any exist.
In an appearance on Fox News, Ali responded to the announcement by stating that she thinks we should “stop calling it journalism.”
If you want to engage in activism, go ahead. But to call it journalism, it’s a joke. It’s not journalism. It’s not reporting, it’s not analyzing, it’s not investigative reporting because for all of those activities, you require an open mind, you require a kind of philosophy that you follow the facts to where they lead and then you have to have that disposition of honest, impartial reporting. That’s not what activism is about.
Ali continued, stating that it’s a “shame that NPR is doing that with taxpayer money” and that it’s “entertainment” and “not journalism”
Dan Gainor, of the Media Research Center, also criticized NPR in a written statement. He noted that “it’s not news that NPR is leftist, but that they won’t even try to hide it anymore is astonishing.” He also pointed out that the folks at NPR are “sure as hell not journalists.”
Others also castigated the organization for going whole hog on the activism trip. Actual journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted:
Can’t wait to see how the studiously non-partisan and steadfastly non-ideological NPR interprets which protests count as ‘advocating for the freedom and dignity of human beings’ and which ones don’t.
Can't wait to see how the studiously non-partisan and steadfastly non-ideological NPR interprets which protests count as "advocating for the freedom and dignity of human beings" and which ones don't. https://t.co/Qr2pM6bKBI
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 29, 2021
Welp, as Gainor said, these activist media outlets aren’t even trying to hide it anymore. The proverbial mask has been removed, and it is quite interesting that they are willing to expose themselves in this way when trust in the media is at an all-time low. Indeed, several studies have shown that Americans do not have the same confidence in the press that they had in years past.
The plummeting trust in the media is not exactly a shocker. Anyone with an IQ above room temperature can see that the activist press has carried on a rather simpatico relationship with the left for decades. Indeed, outlets like CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post, MSNBC, and the rest of the gang are nothing more than the Democratic Party’s Ministry of Propaganda.
The bias has been apparent for years, even before they threw off all pretense of objectivity when former President Donald Trump came on the scene. Indeed, it was his rise that prompted the left-wing activist media to behave in a way that erased any question that they might be in bed with the Democrats.
They came for Trump much harder than they had with previous Republican administrations. Their hatred was so fervent that they even viciously attacked his supporters. CNN threatened to dox someone for creating a meme critical of the media. The outlet harassed an elderly female Trump supporter intimating that she was in league with the Russians. They even went so far as to try to ruin the lives of high school students over a confrontation at the U.S. Capitol.
It is obvious that members of the activist media will go to any lengths to ensure the success of the political ideology they support. It is for this reason why Ali rightly referred to them by what they actually are: Left-wing activists pushing a left-wing agenda. Any other moniker just doesn’t fit.