“We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories”
Thursday, NPR explained why they’ve refused to cover the Hunter Biden story. Sort of.
— NPR Public Editor (@NPRpubliceditor) October 22, 2020
The link further explains:
There are many, many red flags in that New York Post investigation. NPR Media Correspondent David Folkenflik detailed most of them here. Intelligence officials warn that Russia has been working overtime to keep the story of Hunter Biden in the spotlight. Even if Russia can’t be positively connected to this information, the story of how Trump associates Steve Bannon and Rudy Giuliani came into a copy of this computer hard drive has not been verified and seems suspect. And if that story could be verified, the NY Post did no forensic work to convince consumers that the emails and photos that are the basis for their report have not been altered.
But the biggest reason you haven’t heard much on NPR about the Post story is that the assertions don’t amount to much.
“We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t want to waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions,” NPR Managing Editor for News Terence Samuel told me. “And quite frankly, that’s where we ended up, this was … a politically driven event and we decided to treat it that way.”
The handful of stories that NPR has produced about the NY Post investigation have been limited to how Facebook and Twitter are restricting distribution of the story or how families of those seeking treatment for addiction are impacted by the portrayal of Hunter Biden’s struggle. — Kelly McBride
If this were only about Hunter Biden, maybeeeee. Maaaaybe. But it’s not. As more information is provided, including texts and emails, it’s looking more like former Vice President Biden himself being involved in corruption and profiting greatly off of his position and influence. But I guess that’s not newsworthy, or something.
Meanwhile, the Russiagate hoax, which was never substantiated, was covered in earnest.DONATE
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