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Uri Berliner, NPR editor who criticized the liberal-leaning network, announces his resignation

Study examines partisan bias and ability to separate facts from opinions


Study examines partisan bias and ability to separate facts from opinions

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Uri Berliner, editor-in-chief of National Public Radio who had been suspended from employment after claiming that the channel had “lost America’s trust” by promoting progressive views while suppressing dissenting views, he declared that he was resigning from the channel.

“I am resigning from NPR, a great American institution where I have worked for 25 years,” Berliner wrote in his resignation letter to NPR CEO Katherine Maher, which he posted in part on X, the former Twitter . “I cannot work in a newsroom where I am denigrated by a new CEO whose controversial views confirm the very problems at NPR that I cite in my Free Press essay.”

Berliner’s resignation comes eight days after the publication of an essay in the Free Press that sparked a firestorm of debate with its allegations that NPR was suppressing dissenting voices. In response to its criticism, some conservatives, including former President Donald Trump, have called on the government to “defund” the organization.

Maher, who became CEO of NPR in March, wrote a memo days after the publication of Berliner’s essay addressing his criticisms of the organization’s editorial process. Berliner’s claims include that NPR does not consider other viewpoints and that he is obsessed with diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

“To question whether our associates are serving our mission with integrity, based on the mere recognition of their identity, is deeply disrespectful, hurtful and humiliating,” Maher wrote.

Some of Berliner’s colleagues at NPR also took issue with the essay, with “Morning Edition” host Steve Inskeep writing on his Substack that the article was “filled with errors and omissions.”

“These errors make NPR look bad, because it is embarrassing that an NPR reporter would do this,” Inskeep wrote.

Berliner’s suspension, which occurred Friday, was reported by NPR correspondent David Folkenflik. NPR declined to comment to CBS News on Berliner’s resignation. “NPR does not comment on personnel matters,” a spokesperson said.

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