On Twitter, NPR contributor Casey Morell tweeted about the new disinformation division and wrote, "some great company news: we're launching a disinformation team." It didn't take long for Conservative Twitter to "pounce," posting replies underlining the taxpayer-funded network's many instances of spreading bias and disinformation, ranging from their neglect of the 2020 Hunter Biden story to misleading people about Florida's response to the coronavirus.
Fox News contributor Gregg Re tweeted, "Does your managing editor still think the Hunter Biden laptop is not a real story?"
Does your managing editor still think the hunter Biden laptop is not a real story ? pic.twitter.com/4f6BdtMAWC— Gregg Re (@gregg_re) July 16, 2022
Ron DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw jumped in with NPR's promotion of "whistleblower" Rebekah Jones, who spread Fake News about DeSantis and COVID:
Omg that’s great! They can start by addressing the disinformation produced by NPR pic.twitter.com/wI5gZV0ZrI— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) July 16, 2022
Our own recent favorite is NPR legal reporter Nina Totenberg face-planting with a story claiming a COVID controversy at the Supreme Court, that Justice Sonia Sotomayor was upset with Justice Neil Gorsuch for not wearing a mask at oral arguments. Sotomayor and Chief Justice John Roberts denied that was Real News.
NPR keeps putting more reporters on the "far right" beat. One of the new team members is Lisa Hagen, who has that background, as their memo touted: "Working with NPR's investigations team, Lisa reported and co-hosted the No Compromise podcast about the most radical wing of the gun rights movement. That series won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for audio reporting."
This is an addition to bringing on Odette Yousef last year as "a National Security correspondent focusing on extremism." Investigative reporter Tom Dreisbach seems to have a beat that's all about January 6 Extremism.
It gives you the little hunch that the die-hard lefties at NPR don't think there is Extremism or Disinformation on the left...
The words "Defund NPR" were trending on Twitter, even if (as usual) most of the tweets were leftists insisting the "MAGAts" were crazy to want to take money away from such a wonderful, fact-based news source. Liberals tried to claim NPR wasn't funded by government.
I can’t stop laughing how Defund NPR is trending. How can you defund something that isn’t funded? It’s like telling an intern or volunteer he/she isn’t going to get paid.— Rob DaRocha (@robdarocha) July 17, 2022
To the #DefundNPR idiots:— Steve Hofstetter (@SteveHofstetter) July 17, 2022
2% of NPR's revenue come from competitive grants. The rest is privately funded. How much of NPR's revenue is directly funded by the federal government? 0%. Not a single dollar.
Saying "Defund NPR!" is like demanding that Chipotle stop serving pizza.
NPR loves to claim it only gets 2 percent of its funding from the federal government, but that's not accurate. They get much more than 2 percent because NPR stations get large "community service grants" from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and then send it back to NPR for "programming costs."