Wondering where your tax dollars are going? At least some of your hard-earned money is going to left-wing propaganda radio network National Public Radio (NPR). The network was founded by an act of Congress in 1970 to be a “source of information of consequence,” to “celebrate the human experience,” to “help citizens be “enlightened participants” in society, and to “speak with many voices and many dialects,” according to Bill Siemering, one of NPR’s founders.
Since then, they’ve become a source of quirky programming and left-wing propaganda. Their latest? A “disinformation reporting team.” This surely brings up memories of the ill-fated Biden Administration attempt to create an Orwellian “Disinformation Governance Board,” an effort that failed spectacularly after pointed criticism.
NPR’s website announced the move Friday, but gave little information about the team’s purpose, other than listing the qualifications of its members, writing that its apparent head member Shannon Bond “has already given her extensive experience and sourcing in the disinformation world.” Just like former Disinformation Board Director Nina Jankowicz.
Critics were quick to point out that far from being an unbiased defender of “disinformation,” the outlet has, in fact, gone out of its way to hide stories it doesn’t like. NPR deliberately buried the Hunter Biden laptop story, even though it should have been important news leading up to the 2020 presidential election. They even celebrated their censorship:
Here’s NPR’s initial reaction to the Hunter Biden story. pic.twitter.com/AX0RuQnh0H
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) July 16, 2022
It’s kind of unbelievable to see a news outlet openly admitting they’re deciding which stories you should be interested in. It used to be that news organizations reported; you decided. Now they decide for you.
Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway weighed in, saying NPR has basically been a disinformation team for years:
What are you talking about? You’ve been little other than a disinformation team for many years.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) July 16, 2022
Former President Donald Trump famously wanted to defund NPR, citing its left-wing bias. After a 2020 confrontation between former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and an NPR reporter, radio host Mark Levin tweeted, “Why does NPR still exist? We have thousands of radio stations in the U.S. Plus Satellite radio. Podcasts. Why are we paying for this big-government, Democrat Party propaganda operation?”
Trump retweeted the post and fired back, “A very good question!”
Why does the dinosaur that is NPR survive? If it’s so great, why can’t it survive on its own like a real business, not propped up by our tax dollars? According to Deadline:
…public broadcasting has enjoyed broad support among lawmakers, who often turn to their local outlets for appearances on public affairs programming. Public media advocates also have been successful at mobilizing viewers to contact members of Congress when it looks like their funding is threatened.
CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Patricia Harrison said in a statement that the federal appropriation is “seed money” that “pays invaluable dividends to millions of Americans and their families in the form of content and resources that educate, inform and inspire.” In other words, we’re paying for the government to brainwash our citizens.
No less than future Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia warned us of the issue in 1971 soon after the Public Broadcasting Service was created, writing that we would be “confronted with a long-range problem of significant social consequences—that is, the development of a government-funded broadcast system similar to the BBC.” He was incredibly prescient.
As I said, NPR gives us little information about the purpose or function of its new “disinformation team.” Given what we’ve seen in the last few years though from “fact checkers” and the mainstream press, expect it to try to suppress information that doesn’t support left-wing causes and call any fact it doesn’t like “disinformation.”
A news organization should be able to say what it likes—but our tax dollars shouldn’t be funding it.