Remember that morning when you found out Twitter wouldn’t let you share that New York Post scoop on Hunter Biden’s laptop? That was a pretty big deal, but Twitter didn’t want to be used to spread “disinformation.” And then more than 50 former senior intelligence officials signed a letter saying that the disclosure of the emails on that laptop so close to the election “had all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.” NPR even went so far as to release a statement explaining why it would NOT be covering the laptop:
— NPR Public Editor (@NPRpubliceditor) October 22, 2020
That aged well. We don’t think the Post will encounter a similar suppression effort under a Twitter owned by Elon Musk, but NPR TV critic Eric Deggans (why does NPR have a TV critic?) says to expect an explosion of misinformation and disinformation in our media ecosystem. NPR is part of that media ecosystem, right? Will it do as good a job now as it did then on deciding what stories were a “waste of time” and “pure distractions”?
The world’s richest man just closed a deal to buy one of the world’s most influential social media platforms. Expect the amount of misinformation and disinformation in our media ecosystem to explode. Sigh. https://t.co/kXvP1Tggw5
— Eric Deggans at NPR (@Deggans) April 25, 2022
It’s just a link to the New York Times’ coverage of the purchase; the explosion of misinformation angle is all Deggans’.
Now do Jeff Bezos …
— Tom Martino (@tom_martino1) April 25, 2022
Strange that NPR didn’t have the same reaction when Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post.
Why is it that promises of free speech terrify the media so much?
— Media Research Center (@theMRC) April 25, 2022
I’m sorry this happened to you. Thoughts and prayers for you during this difficult time.
— Sparta Chris (@Sparta_Chris) April 25, 2022
Gatekeeper bemoans opening of gate.
— Winston Smith (@Winston_Smith80) April 25, 2022
Twitter was already censoring people for using biological facts and scientific data simply because it hurt some people’s feefees. Trust me…we are in much better hands now.
— Brett of the chosen city (@EveryDayJiayou) April 25, 2022
The final ratio on this tweet is going to be historic.
— NJoy (@Linny_Joyner) April 25, 2022
Are you moving to Canada ?
— spydermike72 (@rssbbq) April 25, 2022
— Dale (@Fatfartrunning) April 25, 2022
So, are you concerned because he will surpass your influence or because NPR is losing audience share?
— Anthony Alfaro (@Anthony60094049) April 25, 2022
Says the guy who works for NPR? Right.
— John Cerio (@jcerio2) April 25, 2022
Yamiche Alcindor was always our go-to White House correspondent when we needed unbiased coverage.
You work for NPR.
— Jacob Airey (@realJacobAirey) April 25, 2022
Eric, you work at NPR. Do you know what that means?
— Marty Loring (@Loringmarty) April 25, 2022
Dude, he didn’t buy NPR. The disinfo you shovel out is still good.
— 50 Shades of Gary (@justhere567) April 25, 2022
“Sigh.” Life is tough for NPR’s TV critic.
Actress Yvette Nicole Brown suspects ‘Russian Oligarchs are propping up’ Elon Musk’s Twitter bid, shares a piece of post-‘takeover’ advice https://t.co/x13kC2b3wb
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 25, 2022