Accuracy in Media

While some conservative leaning blogs are beginning to grumble that a popular NPR personality is hosting a fundraiser for the Obama campaign this week, POLITICO and other outlets carrying the original Minnesota Public Radio report are only skimming the surface of a long overlooked history of financial support. According to Federal Election Commission reports, NPR host Garrison Keillor has given $170,279 in soft money, political committee and joint fundraising contributions since 2000.

Some favorite contribution targets include:

DNC Services Corporation/Democratic National Committee

11/3/2006            2,500.00

1/25/2001            1,000.00

7/13/2001            1,000.00

10/11/2011         2,000.00

11/16/2011         1,000.00

1/25/2010            10,000.00

7/19/2010            1,000.00

10/27/2000         1,000.00

8/17/2004            500.00

9/1/2004              1,000.00

9/14/2006            5,000.00

10/27/2011         29,000.00

Obama for America

1/16/2008            200.00

5/25/2011            2,000.00

8/4/2011              500.00

8/4/2011              1,500.00

8/13/2008            2,300.00

10/27/2011         1,000.00

Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party

10/29/2004         10,000.00

10/26/2007         500.00

11/20/2007         250.00

11/30/2009         1,000.00

7/29/2010            10,000.00

11/16/2011         950.00

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC)

8/31/2006            1,000.00

6/30/2007            500.00

10/16/2008         258.00

2/11/2011            520.00

5/31/2010            2,500.00

9/15/2011            2,500.00

The list goes on and on. Lisa Simeone and Michele Norris were both removed from their respective posts for violating NPR’s code of ethics in 2011 after disclosing involvement with political groups. Though Keillor is not on NPR’s news staff, this is further confirmation of NPR’s political leaning. How National Public Radio will weather these challenges to their objectivity in the face of potential federal funding bans remains to be seen.

h/t Politicons





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