NPR media reporter David Folkenflik has not only done one story trying to dig out former top NPR fundraiser Ron Schiller's nasty comments against deeply racist, gun-toting, phony-Christian conservatives (as Matt Hadro first noted), he's performed three slanted versions of NPR self-defense. Just as CBS in the first days of the Dan Rather fiasco embarrassed themselves by stonewalling Rather critics and using only supporters of the CBS war on Bush, Folkenflik could only stand up for Ron Schiller and try to turn around the horrible publicity, no matter how futile that appears.
On Monday's Morning Edition, he even ushered in Al Tompkins of the liberal Poynter Institute to insist that people shouldn't trust their eyes and ears, that the idea that Schiller smeared conservatives was a lie:
TOMPKINS: I tell my children there's two ways to lie. One is to tell me something that didn't happen, and the other is not to tell me something that did happen. I think that they employed both techniques in this.