Conservatives Unleash On NPR Over Announcement

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Publicly-funded NPR is a reporting entity like any other, financially supported publicly and by private donations.

Like any media, NPR makes decisions on what stories to write and what events or issues to cover.

But it seems NPR is going a bit further in stating what news is true and viable and what news is not.

On Friday, NPR announced launching a disinformation reporting team, apparently to report on stories reported in the media which are deemed “disinformation.”

NPR’s Nancy Barnes, SVP of news and editorial director, and Terence Samuel, VP and executive editor announced in a note to their newsroom staff that they were launching a “disinformation reporting team.”

The question arises, is one person’s disinformation another’s information?

Given the fact that NPR has chosen not to cover the Hunter Biden laptop story, this is a legitimate question.

In May, NPR reported that a group within the Department of Homeland Security that was set up to focus on combating disinformation had been put on pause, DHS said, and its director, Nina Jankowicz was stepping down.

The group, called the Disinformation Governance Board, was axed having been launched three weeks before and had not even met yet.

Republicans had objected to the board, claiming that it would result in censorship, and criticized the unclear mission.

Now, it seems the government-funded media has added the same type of group after the government group failed quickly.

It was noted that the government-funded media taking over a failed government initiative is a joke.

“One government-funded agency shuts down its disinformation board, another sets one up,” joked Heritage communications’ John Cooper. “Don’t you think you’re putting out enough of it already?” Center of Immigration Studies Executive Director Mark Krikorian commented.

Understandably, this self-appointed court was met by total annihilation by conservatives and those who believe in freedom in reporting, starting a back and forth of accusations within the media at large.

“Perhaps the NPR Disinformation Team will begin its work by examining NPR,” one reporter Tweeted, sharing a statement from NPR’s Managing Editor for News, Terence Sanders, regarding the Hunter Biden laptop story the outlet chose to ignore.

“We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t want to waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions,” Sanders said of the New York Post’s report of Hunter Biden’s laptop.

NPR recently was caught in its own slanted journalism and withdrew a tweet following backlash.

Following the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, NPR tweeted the news and described the leader as a “divisive arch-conservative.”

Conservatives slammed the outlet and many called to defund NPR for the description.

The outlet deleted its original tweet and instead referred to Abe as an “ultranationalist” rather than “divisive arch-conservative” in a new tweet.

Considering NPR’s lack of coverage on Hunter Biden’s laptop, t seems censorship has already arrived in not covering something involving the President of the United States is not a worthy story.

Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway also responded to the news, saying NPR has been “little other than a disinformation team for many years.”

Politicians weighed in on the debate.

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., also slammed the announcement, saying that their first target “needs to be itself” pointing to the Hunter Biden story.

Boebert helped launch an effort to take down the Department of Homeland Security’s new Disinformation Governance Board, which the department has put on pause after many raised free speech concerns, Fox News noted.

Deputy digital director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee Mike Hahn suggested the outlet conduct an “internal review” first.

Other public figures online, like columnist and author David Marcus, warned that “NPR better be very careful with this disinformation team. If it has a Hunter laptop type foul up it will be the most powerful ammunition the GOP has ever had to defund it.”

Others in politics had something to say about NPR’s initiative.

“NPR disinformation reporter reacts to thousands of people sharing false and misleading NPR headlines: Don’t apologize for lying. Don’t issue corrections. Just ignore it until it goes away,” Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ spokeswoman, Christina Pushaw, shared on Twitter, tagging an NPR reporter.

Overall, most of the responses to NPR’s disinformation board focused on two things: Hunter Biden’s laptop and overall ignorance of the truth, Daily Caller reported.

New York Post politics and culture writer Jon Levine jumped on the bandwagon, telling NPR the board should start with the laptop story.

With Levine’s comment, it is obvious that even the New York Times has conceded the laptop’s authenticity, but NPR has yet to report significantly on the notorious story.

It seems if NPR wants to police information, that will not go over well with their fellow media outlets, and it may come back to haunt them.


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