The media can dish it out, but it sure can’t take it.
Just consider National Public Radio (NPR), which, by its very name, is suggestive of state ownership or influence.
After all, it is “national.”
Logically, in a bid to be far more transparent than the previous management at Twitter, CEO Elon Musk neatly labeled NPR for what it likely is: “state-affiliated media.”
Predictably, NPR reacted like many irresponsible college students did after Trump won the 2016 election: with outrage.
In fact, NPR decided it would rather quit Twitter and cease a line of communication with its readership, rather than acknowledge the reality of its obvious bias.
“We are turning away from Twitter but not our audiences and communities,” NPR huffed in a statement, despite the fact ending a presence on social media does not exactly compel a deeper connection with the audience.
NPR President and CEO John Lansing was even more dramatic than the official company statement, going so far as to rage that Twitter may never “be trusted again.”
“I would never have our content go anywhere that would risk our credibility. At this point, I have lost my faith in the decision-making at Twitter. I would need some time to understand whether Twitter can be trusted again,” Lansing ranted.
Talk about melodrama. And, for reference, many Americans wonder if mainstream media may ever “be trusted again,” especially given the incorrigible coverups done for Emperor Biden and Co.
“NPR stands for freedom of speech [and] holding the powerful accountable… We were disturbed to see last night that Twitter has labeled NPR as ‘state-affiliated media,’ a description that, per Twitter’s own guidelines, does not apply to NPR,” Lansing continued.
The NPR CEO did not provide a specific guideline that illustrates how “state affiliated” is not applicable to NPR, which would have been much more convincing.
Such a guideline likely doesn’t exist or is nebulously interpreted at best.
“NPR and our Member stations are supported by millions of listeners who depend on us for the independent, fact-based journalism we provide. It is unacceptable for Twitter to label us this way. A vigorous, vibrant free press is essential to the health of our democracy,” Lansing added self-righteously.
Tell that to weaponized Big Tech and federal agencies intent on silencing conservatives.
In fact, not even school boards will tolerate “vigorous, vibrant” debates without calling for the Department of Justice to harass traditional parents.
“The whole point isn’t whether or not we’re government funded. Even if we were government funded, which we’re not, the point is the independence, because all journalism has revenue of some sort,” Lansing concluded pointlessly.
Whatever that is supposed to mean. The CEO doth protest too much.
Little wonder Musk had a rather succinct reply in response to executive hysteria.
“Defund @NPR,” he remarked flatly.
Along with CNN, MSNBC, and numerous other leftist propaganda machines …
Author: Ofelia Thornton