South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, also a Republican deficit hawk, got in his two cents. He conceded it was politically dangerous to press for Social Security reforms now, but noted that the mood of the country is different: “They expect us to do things to stop the bankrupting of the country.”

NPR did offer the thoughts of one other Democrat and one independent. Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski believes the GOP wants to privatize Social Security.” Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent, says: “This country faces a lot of very serious crises which should be dealt with yesterday. Social Security happens not to be one of them.” Then the kicker: “Not for Democrats anyway,” said NPR. What’s the public supposed to make of that?

There you have it—five Republicans vs. two Democrats and an independent. I suppose that’s one way to measure bias. Another way is to think about what NPR left out.

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Trudy Lieberman is a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health and a longtime contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. She is the lead writer for The Second Opinion, CJR’s healthcare desk, which is part of our United States Project on the coverage of politics and policy. Follow her on Twitter @Trudy_Lieberman.