NPR Reporter Says Christians Should 'Burn’
by Terry Phillips, correspondent Hateful voice mail message to conservative group leads to resignation.
A National Public Radio (NPR) reporter has resigned after a hateful voice mail message she left for a conservative group was made public.
Rachel Buchman worked for WHYY in Philadelphia, an NPR affiliate, when she called the offices of the Web site laptoplobbyist.com to express her outrage over an e-mail the group sent to her opposing special rights for homosexuals.
“You’re evil, horrible people. You’re awful people,” she said, identifying herself only as “Rachel.” “You represent horrible ideas. God hates you and He wants to kill your children. You should all burn.”
Chris Carmouche, publisher of laptoplobbyist.com, said he’s accustomed to liberals being offended by his group’s moral stands—but added that Buchman’s message was over the top.
“We want people to know that this is not an isolated incident,” he said. “People have to realize there’s not just a media bias, but in many cases there is a media hatred, toward anything conservative, Christian or traditional.”
After Carmouche posted a recording of Buchman’s message on his Web site, she apologized for “a personal matter that was turned into a public issue.”
“Rather than call my journalistic integrity into question,” she said. “I decided to resign for personal reasons.”
Carmouche said it’s too late for her professional reputation to be salvaged.
“Conservatives will no longer tolerate the reporting of liberal vitriol as fact,” he told The Washington Times. “We will not tolerate the Dan Rathers of the world spoon-feeding the public liberal propaganda. And we will call the ‘old media’ to account when they make their biases and bigotries obvious and deviate from commonly acceptable standards of journalism.”
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Take a closer look at the mainstream media’s liberal bias by reading the CitizenLink commentary “Cheering in the Press Box” by Gary Schneeberger.