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NPR says it won’t cover Hunter Biden news because it's a 'waste' of time

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 10/22/2020 Becket Adams
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It would be a “waste of time” to cover allegations that the Democratic nominee for president may have leveraged his office and authority to enrich his family, according to National Public Radio managing editor for news Terence Samuel.

The allegations are a nonstory. A boring political spectacle!

Indeed, NPR covers only the most pressing issues of the day, including that time President Trump fed some koi fish, and produces only the most highbrow content for its audiences, including that time it promoted a pro-looting anti-Semite.

The New York Post on Oct. 14 published email excerpts purporting to show that Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, “to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company.” Since then, the New York Post has published additional emails, all of which reportedly come from Hunter Biden’s laptop, suggesting some level of access-selling between the Bidens and foreign agents.

The emails, the authenticity of which the Biden campaign has not disputed, came into the New York Post’s possession via Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.

For NPR’s top brass, the laptop ordeal is a political non-story, far beneath their alleged standards of reporting. It takes a little for NPR executives to come right out and say it, but that is ultimately why they have avoided covering the email story, even despite the fact that Biden has not disputed the authenticity of the emails and even despite the fact that the FBI, the Justice Department, and the Director of National Intelligence concur that the New York Post’s coverage is not part of a Russian disinformation scheme.

“There are many, many red flags in that New York Post investigation,” NPR public editor Kelly McBride writes in her daily newsletter. “Intelligence officials warn that Russia has been working overtime to keep the story of Hunter Biden in the spotlight.”

But the U.S. intelligence community already asserted this week that the story is not part of a Kremlin conspiracy!

Amazingly, McBride adds, “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.”

Ok, just so we understand the reasoning here, McBride claims first, without evidence, that the email story may be a Russian plot. She then says in the next breath that even if the story is not a Moscow conspiracy, it is still too suspicious for NPR to cover. Pick a lane, lady. McBride is also saying, fairly explicitly, that they cannot cover the story because it has not been verified, and that they have no plans to verify it themselves, because what do you think NPR is? A newsroom?

It gets worse.

McBride continues, writing, “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.”

Even if the story “could be verified,” it still falls beneath NPR’s alleged editorial standards? This raises many obvious questions about its supposed reporting practices, especially when NPR has a history of publishing non-stories, including when it reported that “'Auntie Maxine' Waters” was “ready to take on the banks.”

“But the biggest reason you haven’t heard much on NPR about the Post story is that the assertions don’t amount to much,” McBride adds, finally getting to the point.

Yes, allegations that the 2020 Democratic nominee may have used the office of the vice president to line his family’s pockets is apparently a non-story, unlike, say, “binders full of women” or “Seamus the dog.”

“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’s Terence Samuel said of its refusal to cover the Hunter Biden laptop story. “And quite frankly, that's where we ended up, this was … a politically driven event and we decided to treat it that way.”

NPR has reported that Facebook and Twitter are blocking users from sharing the New York Post’s reporting. So, to be clear, NPR’s audiences know that social media sites are censoring a certain news report, but NPR audiences have no idea what, exactly, the censored news report even alleges.

How’s that for taxpayer-subsidized news reporting?

Anyway, for no reason at all, it is probably worth mentioning now that a search on NPR’s website for the term “Russian collusion” produces 2,859 results. The term “Steele dossier” produces 155 search results.

Only the highest standards at NPR.

Tags: Opinion, Beltway Confidential, NPR, Media Bias, Media Coverage, Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, 2020 Elections

Original Author: Becket Adams

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