The truth hurts


Evan Thomas, Assistant Managing Editor of Newsweek, has been making a habit of speaking uncomfortable (for the liberal media) truths of late. During the election campaign last year, he fortrightly declared that most media are liberal, and that their support would add up to 15 points to Kerry's vote total.

The Media Research Institute has an account of his encounter with NPR's Nina Totenberg on a PBS talk show over the weekend.

Newsweek Assistant Managing Editor Evan Thomas wondered, on Inside Washington over the weekend, whether the effort in the U.S. House to reduce funding for PBS and NPR through the CPB would "make NPR a little less liberal?" An indignant Nina Totenberg of NPR retorted: "I don't think we're liberal to begin with and I think if you would listen, Evan, you would know that." Thomas countered that "I do listen to you and you're not that liberal, but you're a little bit liberal." Totenberg insisted, "I don't think that's a fair criticism...any more than you would say that Newsweek is liberal." To which Thomas conceded: "I think Newsweek is a little liberal."

Ed Lasky   6 26 05