To: NPR, NPR

Tell NPR to stop ignoring and minimizing Bernie Sanders.

NPR: you should be ashamed of yourselves. You are just as guilty as all the rest of the corporate-owned media. When you're not ignoring Bernie Sanders you are minimizing him. National PUBLIC Radio--PUBLIC, get it? You are supposed to report the news, not try to influence it. Do your job and report unbiased news.

Why is this important?

If you want a flat-out comparison of NPR's bias and relative avoidance of Sanders, check out their candidate pages at NPR:

Bernie Sanders: 14 stories in 2015
Hillary Clinton: 76 stories in 2015, 13 just since July 1.

There was 542% more for coverage of Hillary. Need more proof of bias?

Here are some numbers to demonstrate the uneven coverage, taken from NPR's search page.

Includes "Hillary Clinton": 236.
Includes "Hillary Clinton", excludes "Bernie Sanders": 188.
Includes "Bernie Sanders": 66.
Includes "Bernie Sanders", excludes "Hillary Clinton": 13.
Includes "Hillary Clinton" and "Bernie Sanders": 48.

Of NPR's recent coverage of Hillary, 80% of it excludes Bernie Sanders. Of NPR's coverage of Bernie Sanders, only 20% of it excludes Hillary Clinton. Interestingly, when you limit results to only what was heard on air, the percentages are the same, but the numbers are even worse:

"Hillary Clinton" heard on the air: 113.
"Hillary Clinton", without "Bernie Sanders": 91.
"Bernie Sanders" heard on the air: 27.
"Bernie Sanders", without "Hillary Clinton": 5. (and only one of those is specifically about Bernie Sanders)

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Reasons for signing

  • We need help
  • NPR is far too corporate. It has drifted too far from “public radio” to claim that title.
  • Decades ago NPR had real integrity and credibility. But the more corporate funding it accepted, the more "bought" the news became. Now it's completely skewed to the center right. True progressives are rarely heard there now.