All National Public Radio hosts talk as if they are standing in a nursery, afraid to wake the baby up, or trying to pacify a distempered hound. Their soft tones, slow utterance and hushed breathlessness are meant to convey that NPR is a sanctum, a cathedral of reason and restraint, and that what comes via such delicately modulated, church-whisper voices must be true.
Nowhere was that voice so needed than in the extraordinary statement it put out about the Hunter Biden story, which has already been banned by Facebook and Twitter: “We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t want to waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions. And quite frankly, that’s where we ended up, this was … a politically driven event and we decided to treat it that way.”
There’s a lot of “we” in that statement. Who are these “we” who are so certain of a story they won’t report on? Do they have soothsayers on call? Have they disinterred Nostradamus as NPR’s preferred fact-checker? Or is this the kind of certitude that only comes from being “woke” and terminally, adamantly anti-Trump?
NPR, in this instance, is merely a camp follower of the much less austere Twitter, which has blocked the New York Post’s reports on Hunter and Joe Biden from the beginning. And when Twitter and public radio are of the same mind on anything, it is fair to observe how very little mind is involved.
NPR is also at one with the mainstream American media — broadcast and print — in choosing to disregard the revelations of the Biden family’s dealings, and most especially, any troubling revelations about Joe Biden himself. Such magisterial restraint by the free press, such scruple, such commanding integrity.
The paternalism of NPR’s edict is arrogance distilled. It is also cosmically inconsistent, for NPR is never so circumspect when the band is playing a tune it likes. It has feasted voraciously on the much uglier stories, with none of the substance of the Biden yarn, that were hurled at Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, for example.
Recall all the hideous allegations that felon-lawyer Michael Avenatti threw during the Kavanaugh hearings. Did NPR tremble so virtuously then? Did its staff issue strident disclaimers about “pure distractions,” or “politically driven” stories” regarding that mud-encrusted slander ?…
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