NPR suspends editor who opposed management's accepted liberal mindset.  

It's official: An independent editorial by a veteran editor of National Public Radio criticizing his employer—what he saw as liberally biased journalism—led to his suspension.  

David Folkenflik, a media correspondent for NPR, wrote an article on Tuesday about the suspension of Uri Berliner, a senior editor on the news desk, without pay for five days. He claimed that Berliner informed him that he had broken corporate policy by failing to get approval for any work done for outside news groups.  

The suspension will not be appealed, Berliner told NPR. According to an NPR spokesperson, the firm does not comment on specific employee issues. His piece for The Free Press was completed last week. Despite NPR's liberal leanings, Berliner noted that the station fostered an accepting and inquisitive environment during the majority of his 25 years there.  

His writings reveal that "that has changed" in the past few years. "Instead, what people hear on National Public Radio or read about in its online editions today is the condensed perspective of a tiny fraction of the American people."  

Conservative activists from the outside who have voiced similar complaints of NPR found his commentary immediately popular. He took issue with the way his employer covered the COVID-19 pandemic, allegations against Hunter Biden, the president's son, and former president Donald Trump.  

After the article came out, Edith Chapin, the top editor of NPR, stated her strong disagreement with Berliner's findings and her pride in supporting NPR's work.  

On Substack Tuesday, Steve Inskeep, a fellow NPR colleague and co-host of "Morning Edition," criticized Berliner's article in The Free Press, claiming that it was rife with assumptions and mistakes.  

"If the broader argument is that journalists should look beyond their own biases and create stories that challenge them, then Uri's piece serves as a cautionary tale," Inskeep said.  

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