A group of 13 House Republicans is demanding information and answers from taxpayer-funded National Public Radio (NPR) about its new “disinformation team” and its previous editorial decisions to spike coverage of Hunter Biden’s infamous abandoned laptop.
In a letter sent last Thursday, the group led by Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) called upon NPR CEO and president John F. Lansing to explain the “vague” details provided to the public about the new disinformation operation.
The letter told NPR that its new program is concerning to lawmakers given “NPR’s proven track record of ironically spreading misinformation related to the 2020 election.”
The GOP members told Lansing that he previously abdicated his public responsibility to honestly report on Hunter Biden’s questionable activities. The letter says NPR “willfully spread misinformation” on a story of significant public interest about political corruption in the Biden family.
Lansing was also reminded that NPR has previously given a platform to Nina Jankowicz, the proposed chief of the now-discarded Department of Homeland Security “Disinformation Governance Board.” The letter described the board and Jankowicz as “Orwellian.”
The letter made several specific demands for information from Lansing. He was asked about the campaign contributions he has made to Democratic candidates as detailed in federal filings. He was asked how he could be expected to fairly oversee a “disinformation team” given his “left-wing political bias.”
The letter concludes with the observation and warning that “taxpayer dollars should not be funding poorly documented and clearly biased reporting.”
Rep. Clyde issued a media statement regarding the letter saying that NPR’s “notorious track record of spreading disinformation” and covering up stories that would politically damage leftist lawmakers and candidates show how “comical and concerning” it is that the outlet is contemplating a disinformation team.
Clyde added that it is naive to believe that NPR will act in a non-partisan manner considering its suppression of reports regarding Hunter Biden and his father in the run-up to the 2020 election.
He went on to say that American taxpayers should not be on the hook for funding “blatantly biased reporting or efforts to conceal credible news.”
Clyde was joined in signing the letter to Lansing by Reps. Jim Banks (R-IN), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), Byron Donalds (R-FL), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Jody Hice (R-GA), Ralph Norman (R-SC), Burgess Owens (R-UT), Scott Perry (R-PA), Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA), Claudia Tenney (R-NY), and Glenn Thompson (R-PA).