NPR’s new CEO Katherine Maher scrubs partisan posts: ‘Trump is a racist’

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By Dan Sears

National Public Radio’s new CEO Katherine Maher appeared to have scrubbed her social media of hyper-partisan, left-leaning posts before rising to the helm of the government-backed news network.

“Donald Trump is a racist,” the former chief executive of the Wikimedia Foundation — the nonprofit behind the online encyclopedia — posted on Twitter in 2018, according to a snapshot of the tweet on the site Archive.Today.

It’s unclear when or why Maher deleted the post from her account, or if it was related to her new gig at NPR, which touts its “fact-based reporting; opinion and commentary are secondary.”

According to media bias rating agency AllBias, however, which surveyed nearly 24,000 news readers, NPR has a “media bias” that aligns with “liberal, progressive or left-wing thought and/or policy agendas.”

Maher, who is slated to take the reins at NPR on March 25, has made several hyper-partisan posts in the past.

Katherine Maher was named NPR’s new CEO, effective March 25. Getty Images
Maher shared this view on former President Trump in 2018, but she has since yanked the post from X. X/Katherine Maher

She once justified the shoplifting epidemic in Los Angeles on the sins of slavery.

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“I mean, sure, looting is counterproductive. But it’s hard to be mad about protests not prioritizing the private property of a system of oppression founded on treating people’s ancestors as private property,” Maher wrote in 2020 on Twitter, which has since been rebranded as X.

Maher, 40, also told her 26,500-plus X followers that same year that “white silence is complicity.”

“If you are white, today is the day to start a conversation in your community,” she urged.

However, she had admitted shortly prior to using “that hysteric white woman voice.”

“I was taught to do it. I’ve done it. It’s a disturbing recognition. While I don’t recall ever using it to deliberately expose another person to immediate physical harm on my own cognizance, it’s not impossible. That is whiteness,” Maher posted.

Maher said “whiteness” is something she’s fallen victim to in a thread on X — blaming her fourth-grade history classes for “misrepresenting some things.”

“I grew up feeling superior (hah, how white of me) because I was from New England and my part of the country didn’t have slaves, or so I’d been taught,” Maher added in the thread.

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Maher seemed to justify Los Angeles’ shoplifting crisis with slavery. X/Katherine Maher

She went on to correct her grade-school teachings: “Not only did New England yes have the legal institution of slavery, albeit briefly, quite a bit of the economy of New England, including my home coast of Connecticut, was built on the backs of plantation labor.”

Representatives for NPR did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.

After leaving her hometown of Wilton, Conn., Maher went on to study at the Arabic Language Institute at The American University in Cairo, Egypt, before obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies from New York University, per her LinkedIn account.

In the years leading up to the new role, Maher shared a series of hyper-partisan tweets. AFP via Getty Images
Maher shared many posts to X in 2020 about being white, blaming her own “whiteness” on her childhood in New England, in the affluent Wilton, Conn., suburb. X/Katherine Maher

Maher has held roles in a variety of industries, including banking and communications for the likes of HSBC, UNICEF and The World Bank, before landing the CEO role at the Wikimedia Foundation, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that hosts Wikipedia.

Maher is poised to succeed John Lansing as NPR’s CEO.

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After four years at the helm, Lansing announced his retirement.

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