NPR Ombud Chides Terry Gross

NPR ombudsman Jeffrey Dvorkin says that interviewer Terry Gross was unfair to Bill O’Reilly last week. O’Reilly walked out of the interview part way through, objecting to Gross’s questions. “I believe listeners were not well served by this interview. It may have illustrated the ‘cultural wars,’ [but it] only served to confirm the belief, held by some, in NPR’s liberal bias.” By the time the interview was halfway through, it felt as though Gross was indeed ‘carrying Al Franken’s water.’ … It was not about O’Reilly’s ideas or attitudes or even his book. It was about O’Reilly as media phenomenon. That’s a legitimate subject, but in this case it was unfair to O’Reilly.”