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.
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