Mara Liasson regularly spars with the likes of Bill Kristol and Charles Krauthammer on Fox News panels. Even though we happen to agree more with Bill and Charles, we’re usually impressed with Mara. She argues her perspective with grace and eloquence, as one might expect others on the left side of the spectrum to do more frequently.
(Note to Jacob Weisberg: Titling a column “Why Fox News is Un-American” is probably not going to staunch the hemorrhaging at Newsweak Newsweek, just sayin’. A review here puts the smackdown on Weisberg: “Commentator Jacob Weisberg assumes that Fox’s rightward tilt results from a disingenuous desire to boost ratings, when it more likely springs from a philosophical perspective that is so foreign to Weisberg that he takes refuge in cynicism.”)
Recently, Mara was under some pressure from the higher ups at NPR to “reconsider her regular appearances on Fox News because of what they perceived as the network’s political bias, two sources familiar with the effort said.” Politico’s report on the matter cites an anonymous source as saying the White House’s recent campaign against Fox News as prompting the request. Liasson declined.
Of course, now the little tiff between the WH and FNC is pretty much over, although I’m sure you won’t see Chris Wallace (who called the West Wing a bunch of “crybabies”) and Robert Gibbs having a beer together anytime soon.
” ‘NPR has its own issues in trying to convince people that, ‘Look, we’re down the middle,’ the source said.” You bet they do. Asking someone not to appear on Fox is just one of them. Good on you, Mara, for telling the prigs at NPR where they can stuff it – in the nicest possible way, of course.