Conservatives and journalists were quick to criticize NPR’s new “disinformation reporting team” on Saturday as many pointed to the outlet’s initial dismissal of the Hunter Biden laptop story and more.
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 New York Post’s Jon Levine, along with several others, pointed to NPR’s dismissal of the Hunter Biden laptop story in 2020. In a statement, Samuel said that they didn’t want to waste NPR readers’ time on stories that were “pure distractions.”
“We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not real stories, and we don’t want ot waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions,” he said.
The House Judiciary GOP also pointed to NPR’s dismissal of the Hunter Biden story in response to the news.
Federalist CEO and co-founder Sean Davis said that NPR’s “entire organization is a disinformation team.”
Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway also responded to the news, saying that NPR has been “little other than a disinformation team for many years.”
Many others also contended that the outlet’s “disinformation team” has been “up and running for years.”
Deputy Digital Director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee Mike Hahn suggested the outlet conduct an “internal review” first.
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.
Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., also commented on the news, writing, “defund NPR.”
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