A court decision says that public broadcasting outlets need not avoid political ads and the related sludgefest. Defenders of the sanctity of those outlets say they need to remain pure. But how pure, really, are they?
When I wrote a piece the other day about a scandal rocking National Public Radio over “inappropriate” comments NPR fundraising executives make on edited hidden-camera footage, I wondered whether raw footage might provide some useful context. I did not know at the time that such raw footage was there to be scrutinized.
The uproar over indiscretions by NPR executives misses the real story: what really did the NPR folks do wrong? And who is behind the attempts to embarrass the network, and why?