NPR: Alicia C. Shepard

Lots of things drive NPR's audience crazy. One I totally agree with is this: NPR often does a lousy job of identifying the background of think tanks or other groups when quoting their experts.

NPR also rarely explains why listeners should pay attention to the experts it chooses to quote.

This matters.

  • If you hear from experts at the Cato Institute, you need to know they market themselves as libertarians.

Following standard procedures at LA-based public radio station KPCC, the program director sent an internal memo Friday suspending its sponsorship spots funded by Planned Parenthood.

"Given that the (federal) budget debate in Congress is focusing today on abortion in general and Planned Parenthood by extension, let us suspend airing any Planned Parenthood spots effective immediately," wrote program director Craig Curtis in an internal email.