As of Aug. 27 A.J. Higgins begins his new duties as State House Bureau Chief for Maine Public Radio and also as Chief Political Correspondent for Maine Public Television.
Pretty short run at the KJ. I bet Naomi did not like his fair treatment of republicans
I bet Naomi did not like his fair treatment of Republicans.
Well, I wouldn't go that far. But his centrist views are quite contrary to the papers' editorial focus.
So now he'll be on a radio network I never listen to and a TV station I rarely watch. :(
Where did Fred Bever go?
He's at the MPUC working for Kurt Adams as the press guy.
Maine Public Radio needs a guy like Higgins, who has a reputation for being fair. Bever had the same rep, which made it especially bad for the network when he left. National Public Radio and and Public Television are all too often nesting places for libs and leftists and that is true, although to a lesser extent, at the Maine networks.
It's encouraging to hear that the powers-that-be at MPR had the guts to hire someone who is a centrist. Just by example, he can keep the rest of the crew in line. Over the years, the public networks have lost a huge chunk of their audiences (and financial support) simply because they tilted so far to the left.
Higgins may not fit well with the lefties, but too bad. It is, after all, not their network. To the extent MPR gets public funding we help pay the bills as well.
Maine Public Radio needs a guy like Higgins, who has a reputation for being fair. Bever had the same rep, which made it especially bad for the network when he left.
Exactly. As a Republican, it is comforting that Maine Public Radio will continue to have someone at the State House who is fair.
That said, I have dealt with Susan Sharon of Maine Public Radio a number of time in the past and always found her to be fair. I was interviewed today by Barbara Cariddi about the term limits referendum and believe her story fairly reflected what I had to say.
Though I have heard stories from time to time that I could complain about, overall, I do not think Maine Public Radio deserves the liberal label that is placed on NPR.
Except for their extensive reliance on funding and support from the environmental left, which affects their news judgment and biases their reporting.
They do at least reach out to critics of the land deals and the LMF bonds. I have heard you on there more than once! The commercial TV stations usually cover such stories like nobody with an opposing view even exists.
Over the years, the public networks have lost a huge chunk of their audiences (and financial support) simply because they tilted so far to the left.
Are you referering to MPBN-- TV and radio--, or is it true for National Public Radio/TV as well? How much support has it (they) lost? Perhaps we're seeing a response to those who no longer support them now, with Higgins going to MPBN.
I have had some experience with the Maine media. Here is my take:
AJ Higgins, Fred Bever, Paul Carrier, Susan Cover, Don Carrigan
The editors are where the problem lies in my opinion.
Al Diamon on AJ's new gig
True. Fred Bever was and Susan Sharon is fair...Editorial viewpoints bias MPR news judgment and coverage much less than the BDN. I think MPBN has done a good job in recent years of trying to address the issue. Nonetheless, the NRCM is a major sponsor/supporter.
As you know Dan, the secret to getting media coverage is pretty simple...give good quote.
Cover has an agenda but does a nice job of keeping it buried but there is a left-leaning agenda there. She got into trouble a few years ago for leaning too far to the left in her stories.