In a recent Twitter spat, both National Public Radio (NPR) and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) have decided to storm off the social media platform after being labeled as “government-funded media” by Twitter. The controversy began when Twitter tagged NPR as “state-affiliated media,” a label it also uses for propaganda accounts from countries like Russia, China, and the UK. The wording was later changed to “government-funded media,” but NPR claimed it was inaccurate and misleading since it’s a nonprofit organization with “editorial independence.”
However, critics have pointed out that NPR has a clear pro-Democrat bias in its reporting. Others have also noted that the organization is 11% taxpayer-funded, which contradicts Elon Musk’s claim that NPR only receives a small fraction of its funding from federal agencies. The organization recently laid off 84 staffers, which further emphasizes the significance of its government funding.
In response to the controversy, Musk tweeted, “Guess they won’t mind losing federal funding in that case,” and “Defund NPR.” This has raised questions about the potential loss of government funding for NPR and other publicly-funded media organizations.
PBS has also decided to drop Twitter after being called out for what even its Wikipedia entry describes as a “publicly funded nonprofit organization.” A PBS spokesman stated, “PBS stopped tweeting from our account when we learned of the change, and we have no plans to resume at this time.”
While the decision to drop Twitter may be seen as a dramatic exit stage left, it remains to be seen how this will impact the organizations’ online presence and overall outreach. However, it is clear that the controversy has sparked debates about government funding for media organizations and the need for editorial independence.
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