NPR Station Pulls Planned Parenthood Spots During Budget Debate

Is National Public Radio trying too hard to try and prove its “unbiased” stance by overreacting and bending over backwards for Republicans?  A station out of California may be doing just that, pulling ads from Planned Parenthood in order to not raise “questions” about their “editorial and sales practices” according to a leaked memo.

The full memo reads:

Given that the 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.

There is nothing wrong with the spots per se, or with our business relationship with Planned Parenthood, but for a few days their presence on our air might raise questions in the mind of the “reasonable listener” regarding our editorial and sales practices.

I expect this will be a short-term suspension. In fact, let’s go ahead and plan to resume the Planned Parenthood spots on Monday. If we need to extend the suspension, I’ll let you know.

Traffic, please work with the sales department to arrange makegoods or adjust the contract dates when we resume the schedule.

The Nation bring up some pretty serious questions that management really needs to address:

Questions for KPCC: did they pull the Planned Parenthood spots in response to a directive from the NPR network, or was this strictly a local initiative?

Was the station responding to Republican pressure on KPCC to drop its Planned Parenthood spots?   Or were they responding to something they imagined might happen?

Has KPCC ever pulled the spots of another nonproft organization because the Republicans were campaigning against them?

It’s rather ironic when you think that one entity caught in a faked video scam is over projecting and acting out against another entity that was attacked in a faked video scam.  You’d think NPR of all people would understand what it is like to become the subject of Republican debate and defunding for no other reason than conservatives just don’t like you.

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  • tdowning

    This is the response I received from KPCC: “Dear Mr. Downing-

    Thank you for your note.

    KPCC did not cancel underwriting credits for Planned Parenthood. We temporarily suspended them last Friday when Planned Parenthood suddenly became part of the congressional budget debate.

    That decision was a routine procedural one. It was not about Planned Parenthood. It was about an underwriter that happened briefly to become the center of a major news story on Friday. We received no pressure or requests from outside organizations, and our news department was completely uninvolved. It was strictly a business decision.

    When this kind of thing happens at KPCC, we “bump” or move credits to avoid the appearance of any conflict. This is a standard practice at most news organizations (print, online and broadcast), and is something that happens at KPCC a few times every year.

    All Planned Parenthood credits returned to their normal schedule and placement on our air and on the KPCC website over the weekend.

    Thanks for listening to KPCC and taking the time to write.

    Craig Curtis
    KPCC Program Director”


    Not sure this is correct. Anyone have any insight? Thanks

  • arekushieru

    The thing is, there should BE no conflict.  Abortion is only controversial because Anti-Choicers want to punish and control women.