NPR Editor Resigns After Suspension For Calling Out Network’s Leftist Bias

Uri Berliner has resigned from his position as senior business editor at National Public Radio (NPR) after being suspended for daring to call out the network’s far-left bias, which has been obvious to most Americans for some time, especially after its coverage of former President Donald Trump.

“I am resigning from NPR, a great American institution where I have worked for 25 years,” Berliner wrote in his announcement, which he shared in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

He noted that he does not “support calls to defund NPR,” which have increased in recent weeks, as many Americans are sick of their taxpayer dollars being spent on far-left propaganda.

“I don’t support calls to defund NPR. I respect the integrity of my colleagues and wish for NPR to thrive and do important journalism,” Berliner wrote, adding: “But I cannot work in a newsroom where I am disparaged by a new CEO whose divisive views confirm the very problems at NPR I cite in my Free Press essay.”

In the post, he tagged NPR’s new CEO, Katherine Maher — who has been revealed to be a radical leftist in recent exposés from Manhattan Institute for Policy Research senior fellow Christopher Rufo.

Maher lashed out against Berliner over his criticism of the outlet, which prompted Rufo and others to uncover the NPR CEO’s old tweets and videos supporting censorship, attacking White people, arguing against “truth” and condemning the First Amendment.

Berliner was initially suspended from his job for calling out Maher and NPR in general in an essay published in The Free Press, where he argued that NPR had “lost America’s trust” by pushing leftist propaganda rather than focusing on the facts. He noted that he was repeatedly brushed off when he attempted to bring these concerns to the company, which included the biased nature of NPR’s coverage on issues related to Trump, COVID, LGBT issues and diversity.

On Tuesday, Berliner received a letter informing him of his five-day suspension without pay starting Friday, according to NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik. The letter stated that this was his “final warning” before being fired for another policy violation, accusing him of failing to follow NPR’s rules regarding approval for outside work and of publicly releasing proprietary information about audience demographics that were supposedly confidential.

In the aftermath of Berliner’s suspension and Maher’s resurfaced comments, numerous high-profile conservatives and free speech advocates demanded that NPR be defunded.

Trump, who was deemed a “racist” by Maher in a since-deleted 2018 post, called for defunding the leftist network in a scathing post on his Truth Social platform.

“NO MORE FUNDING FOR NPR, A TOTAL SCAM! EDITOR SAID THEY HAVE NO REPUBLICANS, AND IS ONLY USED TO ‘DAMAGE TRUMP.’ THEY ARE A LIBERAL DISINFORMATION MACHINE. NOT ONE DOLLAR!!!” Trump wrote on Wednesday.

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton shared Trump’s post on X, noting that he agrees with the former president.

Rufo also condemned the network in a post on X, writing: “Defund NPR. Push it into insolvency. Trigger mass layoffs. Sell the furniture. And salt the Earth.”

Phil Labonte, a libertarian and lead singer of the heavy metal band All That Remains, shared a clip of Maher stating that the First Amendment is the “number one challenge” in her fight against disinformation. The singer commented that “lots and lots of people in america have been taught to hate America. defund @NPR and never make state propaganda radio again.”

Meanwhile, Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) has already announced legislation to defund NPR.