Left-leaning PBS joins NPR in leaving Twitter

April 14, 2023

The publicly funded broadcaster PBS has joined NPR's boycott of Twitter after being labeled "government funded." 

It's the latest fallout from Elon Musk's feud with "independent" publicly funded news organizations that lean left.

NPR threw a hissy fit after being labeled "state-affiliated media", a label usually associated with countries like China and Russia. Later, that label was changed to the less charged "government funded media."

While the label is technically accurate, NPR and PBS didn't appreciate being described as propaganda outlets.

PBS quits Twitter

A statement from PBS said the organization would stop tweeting indefinitely.

"PBS stopped tweeting from our account when we learned of the change and we have no plans to resume at this time. We are continuing to monitor the ever-changing situation closely," PBS spokesperson Jason Phelps told Fox News Digital.

Musk mocked PBS in a tweet, writing, "Publicly funded PBS joins publicly funded NPR in leaving Twitter in a huff after being labeled ‘Publicly Funded.’"

NPR left Twitter Wednesday after loudly protesting Musk's label, which NPR said unfairly impugned its credibility.

"NPR’s organizational accounts will no longer be active on Twitter because the platform is taking actions that undermine our credibility by falsely implying that we are not editorially independent," NPR said in a statement.

Independent?

PBS has reported extensively on the bugbear of "white supremacy," echoing a Biden White House narrative that white racism is the nation's greatest threat.  The outlet has also advocated controversial "gender-affirming care" for "trans youth."

A glowing segment of PBS Newshour celebrated Biden's new environmental rule coercing Americans to buy electric cars, describing the draconian edict as an "aggressive" move to "combat climate change."

Like PBS, NPR claims to have editorial independence despite its clear pro-Biden angle. On the eve of the 2020 election, NPR infamously said it would not cover the Hunter Biden laptop story, which ex-intelligence agents had baselessly dismissed as "Russian disinformation."

"We don't want to waste our time on stories that are not real stories, and we don't want to waste the listeners' and readers' time on stories that are just pure distractions," NPR's editors said at the time.

The Biden White House seemingly returned the favor last week by offering its dubious endorsement of NPR's "independence."


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