NPR editor criticizes far-left colleagues for ignoring 'newsworthy' Hunter Biden laptop story

 April 10, 2024

A top editor at far-left National Public Radio criticized his colleagues for burying damning evidence about Hunter Biden's "connection to the corrupt world of multimillion-dollar influence peddling and its possible implications for his father."

In a scathing op-ed for The Free Press, Uri Berliner blasted NPR for putting anti-Trump politics before the truth in its coverage of the Hunter Biden laptop and the Russian collusion hoax.

NPR editor on Hunter Biden "connection"

A colleague said that it was good that NPR wasn't covering the laptop story because it might help Trump win the 2020 election, Berliner said.

"The laptop was newsworthy. But the timeless journalistic instinct of following a hot story lead was being squelched," Berliner wrote.

At the time, NPR publicly dismissed the laptop story - which first appeared in the New York Post in October 2020 - as a "distraction."

Years later, the laptop is universally acknowledged as real, but the dozens of intelligence agents who signed a letter baselessly asserting that it was "Russian disinformation" have not apologized.

Neither has NPR, Berliner said, noting the outlet was similarly unapologetic about the Russian collusion hoax.

No apologies for media lies

After years of uncritically accepting the claims of fabulist Adam Schiff (D-Ca.), NPR quietly changed the subject when it became clear that there was no evidence of collusion between Donald Trump and Russia.

Berliner warned that this lack of accountability is damaging trust in the media.

"It is one thing to swing and miss on a major story. Unfortunately, it happens. You follow the wrong leads, you get misled by sources you trusted, you’re emotionally invested in a narrative, and bits of circumstantial evidence never add up. It’s bad to blow a big story," he wrote.

"What’s worse is to pretend it never happened, to move on with no mea culpas, no self-reflection."

Berliner also described how NPR was radicalized after the death of George Floyd in 2020, which led to violent riots and a sweeping cultural upheaval against "systemic racism."

NPR didn't bother to investigate sweeping charges of "racism" in American society. Instead, the newsroom was swept along in racial hysteria.

"America’s infestation with systemic racism was declared loud and clear: it was a given. Our mission was to change it," Berliner wrote.

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