I hardly leap to the defense of any media outlet as I don't feel I should have to. Everything I enjoy is cool, if not only for the fact that someone as awesome as me consumes it.
A lot of people I've come across scream a liberal bias from NPR. I'm hard pressed to figure out why exactly. I listen to Morning Edition on my commute each day and can't find a single story, or sentence for that matter, that could in any way be construed as having a bias, liberal or conservative. Sure NPR doesn't resemble Fox, CNN, or MSNBC and thank god for that. I guess conservatives are angry at the publicly and privately funded radio network for not reporting sensationalized news such as judges who won't let the Ten Commandments be posted on every Federal Building and how abortion providers dab the blood of children in their morning Tang.
Sure NPR can be dry and Morning Edition does report news conservatives don't care about, such as real issues happening on the ground in expensive wars, global trade policy, and genocide in places Americans can't find on a map. Call it dull, call it uninteresting, but don't call it liberal because you're a simpleton idiot who only cares about hearing stories that profile minorities involved in street crime.
NPR has been acting like a bunch of candy asses regarding the firing of an executive calling Tea Partiers racist in what was supposed to be a private conversation, which would be a harsh statement if they didn't hate brown people. I sometimes wish the network would take a firmer stance on this and many others, but I appreciate what they do.
"I have been an unabashed fan of NPR for many years, and have stolen untold excellent ideas from its programming." - Ted Koppel