Taxpayer-funded National Public Radio (NPR) is getting roasted on social media after management announced that it is creating a permanent disinformation reporting team that had been operating on a temporary basis.
NPR, a network consumed with identity politics, famously or infamously suppressed the Hunter Biden ‘laptop from hell’ story, because it was a waste of time and a “pure distraction.”
Although this statement does not seem to appear on the main NPR website, Nevada Public Radio posted a staff note purportedly from Terence Samuel, VP and Executive Editor, and Nancy Barnes, SVP of News and Editorial Director, in which the duo claimed that disinformation “has emerged as one of the great civic challenges of our time.”
The execs also lamented that “From the lies about the 2020 election to the growing influence of anti-vaccine activists, to the enduring influence of climate-change denialism, lies and conspiracy theories have seeped into nearly all aspects of modern-day life, both in the US and around the globe.”
The mission of the team, which was initially set up after January 6, 2021, “is to seek out original, high-impact stories” which common sense suggests fits the narrative.
NPR, which over the years has been mocked as National Propaganda Radio, is the same outlet that abandoned its traditional July 4th reading of the Declaration of Independence in favor of a conversation about equality.
In other recent developments, NPR has been accused of going full groomer and was also lambasted for politicizing the tragic assassination of Shinzo Abe, Japan’s former prime minister, prompting calls for its defunding. It has also informed its listeners, using a recurring liberal talking point, that the Supreme Court has undermined its credibility after decisions about gun control and abortion.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 4, 2022
In the run-up to the midterm elections in November, perhaps NPR is trying to fill the vacuum created when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security abandoned, or seems to have abandoned, plans for a Ministry of Truth.
Misinformation or disinformation often turns out to be narrative-challenging content with which the gatekeeping left disagrees.
As many on Twitter have implied, moreover, the latest NPR initiative appears to be another example of progressive cognitive dissonance or projection, i.e., engaging in the very behavior that the left supposedly seeks to denounce or root out.
It’s roughly similar to how authoritarians, and their corporate media allies, are now claiming they are trying to save democracy.
Here is some of the reaction that is rolling in from conservative luminaries about a news network with a track record of presenting one-sided information:
What are you talking about? You’ve been little other than a disinformation team for many years. https://t.co/VfpgJ57GKO
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) July 16, 2022
Perhaps the NPR Disinformation Team will begin its work by examining NPR. https://t.co/kxmr3hme12
— Byron York (@ByronYork) July 17, 2022
NPR just announced the creation of a DISINFORMATION TEAM.
NPR deliberately covered up the Hunter Biden laptop story by labeling it a DISTRACTION.
NPR’s first target needs to be itself.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) July 17, 2022
Omg that’s great! They can start by addressing the disinformation produced by NPR pic.twitter.com/wI5gZV0ZrI
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) July 16, 2022
— Ilya Shapiro (@ishapiro) July 17, 2022
Your entire organization is a disinformation team. https://t.co/xnaEtRR45I
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) July 16, 2022
NPR, the disinformation is clearly coming from inside your “newsroom”. pic.twitter.com/8GvtAz91sk
— Ultra Journalist (Ret) – JOURN-L of Skrypton (@Magnum_CK) July 16, 2022
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. https://t.co/kFBr5TtkXo
— David Marcus (@BlueBoxDave) July 17, 2022
NPR is already just kind of one big disinformation team already tho https://t.co/kKTISV2OjC
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) July 16, 2022
Internal review first?
— Mike Hahn (@mikehahn_) July 16, 2022
Defund NPR. https://t.co/ttYogMyYN5
— Rep. Dan Bishop (@RepDanBishop) July 16, 2022
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