Republican Representative Wants NPR Defunded Over Hunter Biden Coverage
Republican Representative Paul Gosar, of Arizona, wants NPR defunded — because they won’t run a news story he thinks is important, unless and until it’s proven to be genuine information, and not just a distraction.
The right of free speech and free press is generally understood to not only mean the freedom to publish or express a view or piece of information, but the freedom not to be forced to express some specific view or piece of information against one’s will. News outlets are free to publish or skip stories as they like, without undue government interference.
However, Representative Paul Gosar lashed out against NPR on his Twitter account Thursday, declaring that the information organization should be stripped of funding. Their crime? Failing to push propaganda over Hunter Biden.
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) October 22, 2020
NPR explained their decision thoroughly, detailing why the story doesn’t have enough validity to support continuing to share it.
Intelligence officials warn that Russia has been working overtime to keep the story of Hunter Biden in the spotlight. 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. 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.
Republicans have been complaining since the story was first pushed about social media platforms choosing not to boost it, calling this ‘censorship’ — though by definition, free speech does not mean any given platform has to support a certain narrative or voice.