Last week, the government-subsidized left-wing “news” conglomerate NPR quit Twitter after it was labeled “Government-funded Media” by the social media platform.
“NPR is stepping away from Twitter, and this includes this NPR Politics feed. Please read the thread to find other ways to find our work,” it wrote.
“We are not putting our journalism on platforms that have demonstrated an interest in undermining our credibility and the public’s understanding of our editorial independence,” said NPR CEO John Lansing in a statement to staff.
NPR’s decision to leave Twitter includes its 52 associated feeds on the platform representing its various news desks and shows.
Twitter users were quick to point out how the publicly funded outlet has refused to cover newsworthy stories that would shed an unflattering light on Democrats, such as Hunter Biden’s laptop story, which NPR’s editorial board ignored.
At the time the story broke in 2020, the board wrote, “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.”
Now, the Albuquerque-based National Public Radio affiliate KUNM-FM said it would “cease sharing its work on Twitter due to both the label and decreased engagement in recent months,” according to one report.
“I’m very worried about the steps (Twitter) took around NPR and labeling of that. Apparently, there were talks with (Elon) Musk and he sort of said, ‘well, maybe I’ll switch it to this and it’s unclear.’ You can’t go around being branded with the same labels like they use for literally government-funded outlets… even the government-funded media is misleading,” KUNM’s news director Megan Kamerick told the New Mexico Political Report.
“Click-through rates have fallen over the last six months as have stand engagement such as likes, comments and retweets, Kamerick said. KRWG, the NPR/PBS station out of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces plans to remain on Twitter for now,” according to the report.
New Mexico PBS will also be continuing its presence on Twitter but is continuing “to monitor, and our stance/use may change accordingly.”