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Bill O'Reilly Uses NPR Employee Mara Liasson as Evidence of Fox News' Balance (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 9th 2010 3:52PM
Before firing Juan Williams, NPR repeatedly asked Fox News to stop identifying Williams as an NPR employee when he appeared on Fox News.

Some have argued this was because NPR -- with its perceived liberal slant -- wasn't comfortable with Fox News using NPR's brand to advance Fox News's "Fair and Balanced" slogan.

Mara Liasson is another prominent NPR employee who still appears regularly on Fox. On "The O'Reilly Factor," (weekdays, 8 PM ET on Fox News) Bill O'Reilly highlighted her as a left-wing voice on the cable news network.

"Some far-left loons define the Fox News channel as a network in business to promote the Republican party," O'Reilly said. "That of course is nonsense, listen to Fox News analyst Mara Liasson yesterday."

Then O'Reilly played a clip of Liasson, on Fox News, comparing soon-to-be former House Majority leader Nancy Pelosi to sainted British statesman Winston Churchill.

"You know, you hear the propaganda that Fox News is the tank for Republicans and it's GOP all the time, and then you have Liasson, who has a pretty big platform on this network, say that," O'Reilly continued. "We foster that kind of discussion . . . unlike our competition."

The competition being, of course, MSNBC.

No word on whether Roger Ailes gives his anchors a cash bonus when they're able to seamlessly needle NPR and slam MSNBC in the same segment, but we're pretty sure O'Reilly at least got some high-fives backstage.

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