Conservatives and reporters slam NPR’s new ‘disinformation reporting team’, recalling Hunter Biden firing

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Conservatives and reporters were quick to slam NPR’s new “misinformation reporting team” on Saturday, as many pointed to the outlet’s initial dismissal of the Hunter Biden laptop story and more Again.

Nancy Barnes, NPR’s senior vice president of news and editorial director, and Terence Samuel, vice president and editor-in-chief, announced in a memo to their newsroom staff that they were launching a “reporting team on the disinformation”.

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The New York Post’s Jon Levine, along with several others, pointed to NPR’s rejection of the Hunter Biden laptop story in 2020. In a statement, Samuel said they didn’t want to waste readers’ time. from NPR on stories that were “pure distractions”. .”

“We don’t want to waste our time on stories that aren’t real stories, and we don’t want to waste listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are mere distractions,” he said. .

Washington DC, USA – June 4, 2012: The NPR (National Public Radio) building in Washington DC. Founded in 1970, NPR is a nonprofit network of 900 radio stations across the United States.
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The House Judiciary GOP also pointed to NPR’s rejection of the Hunter Biden story in response to the news.

Federalist CEO and co-founder Sean Davis said “the entire NPR organization is a misinformation team.”

Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway also responded to the news, saying NPR had been “just a disinformation team for many years.”

Many others also claimed that the outlet’s “disinformation team” had been “functional for years”.

Hunter Biden, the son of new US President Joe Biden, attends his father's inauguration as the 46th US President on January 20, 2021, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC (Photo by JONATHAN ERNST / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN ERNST/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Hunter Biden, the son of new US President Joe Biden, attends his father’s inauguration as the 46th US President on January 20, 2021, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC (Photo by JONATHAN ERNST / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN ERNST/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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The Republican National Senate Committee’s deputy digital director, Mike Hahn, suggested the outlet do an “internal review” first.

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., also slammed the ad, saying their first target “has to be herself,” pointing to the Hunter Biden story. Boebert helped launch an effort to ax the Department of Homeland Security’s new Disinformation Governance Council, which the department put on hiatus after scores of people raised free speech concerns.

UNITED STATES - JUNE 16: Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., is seen on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Chamber after the week's final votes on Thursday, June 16, 2022. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – JUNE 16: Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., is seen on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Chamber after the week’s final votes on Thursday, June 16, 2022. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
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Rep. Dan Bishop, RN.C., also commented on the news, writing, “defund NPR.”

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

Conservatives slammed the outlet, and many called for NPR to be defunded for the description. The outlet deleted its original tweet and instead called Abe an “ultra-nationalist” rather than a “dividing arch-conservative” in a new tweet.

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