Conservatives should make their case against NPR based on objective evidence of programming decisions. If they can’t do so, what one employee says in a semi-private conversation is of no import. The only question relevant to public support of a media or any other institution is what the recipients of those funds do in performing their public duties. What they believe is irrelevant. It should be possible to act objectively and fairly regardless of one’s political position—at least we should act as if that were possible. But to exploit this recent ambush suggests otherwise.