Get Religion compares two NPR stories on religious freedom and finds at least one with a decent balance:
The lede of today’s story: (2/28/17)
The collision of two core American values — freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination — is prompting a showdown in legislatures and courts across the country.
For some conservatives, religious freedom means the right to act on their opposition to same-sex marriage and other practices that go against their beliefs. LGBT advocates and their allies, meanwhile, say no one in the United States should face discrimination because of their sexual orientation.
This latest piece is absolutely fantastic: 1. No scare quotes. 2. No biased language such as “so-called.” 3. No favoritism — it clearly explains both sides and fairly represents each side’s arguments and concerns.
NPR loves the straw man question — where the interviewer completely misses the point of the right-wing argument.
I’m not ready to announce that NPR is balanced (they are not) or that they are fair (nope) but at times they interview conservatives, and get their butts kicked. The interviews air anyway.
Sebastian Gorka ate Steve Inskeep’s breakfast on Morning Edition the other day.
INSKEEP: On Feb. 3 when you were on the program, we asked if you felt the president believes Islam is a religion. The reason we had to ask that is because the previous national security advisor Michael Flynn made some statements suggesting he didn’t believe it was a religion. You weren’t aware then what the president’s view was. Have you learned since? Does the president believe Islam is a religion?
GORKA: It would be nice if you actually reported things accurately. I didn’t say I would refuse to do anything of the sort. This is not a theological seminary. This is the White House. And we’re not going to get into theological debates. If the president has a certain attitude to a certain religion, that’s something you can ask him. But we’re talking about national security and the totalitarian ideologies that drive the groups that threaten America.
I’ve read that Gorka is on the list of Trump staffers who the left would like to force out.