First, let me be very clear that NPR has since the 1980’s been and remains one of my favorite sources of news (at least when driving). One of the first things I do after buying a new car is preset the radio for KCRW (the local radio station that carries NPR). At the same time I have no illusions - NPR is bound to have a bias of one sort or another, just like every other form of mass media.
Guess I’m a little slow, as only after years of listening did I notice the coverage of the Middle East was way out of proportion.
In listening to NPR I have become very tired of hearing about Israel. Based on their coverage you might think that somehow Israel was the most important place on the planet. For example: search NPR for mention of Israel.
The results show an item almost every single day! Folks, there is just not that much of significance happening there - it is pretty much the same old tired dance for the last twenty years (or more). Once a week coverage would be more than adequate.
Far too often they have coverage of nothing of importance. I heard a classic example a few months back. They had a report where two voices speculated about what might happen at a meeting that was going to occur the next day between to minor figures - where nothing of importance was expected to happen.
Um - hello - so just why did this merit national attention in the United States?!?
Perhaps out of sheer listener fatigue, I have a hard time caring above the future of Israel…
Searching on NPR jewish bias turns up quite a sideshow.