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FLASHBACK: NPR called verified Hunter Biden story a 'waste of time'

"We don't want to waste out time on stories that are not really stories, and we don't want to waste the readers' or listeners' time on stories that are purely distractions."

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NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik garnered backlash on Friday for tweeting "Journalism twitter is rough today," while Elon Musk released "the Twitter files," documents revealing the extent the social media giant censored stories, namely bombshell revelations about Biden family corruption gleaned from Hunter Biden's "laptop from hell." According to NPR, the exposore of political censorhip is a "waste of time."

Journalist Emma-Jo Morris, who broke the story on the contents of the First Son's laptop in the New York Post in October 2020, responded to Folkenflik and said, "tonight reminds me of the time when i published the laptop from hell that you said i couldn't be a journalist because i worked at fox news when i was 23, david."

79 percent of Americans have said that the 2020 election results would have been different had the Hunter Biden story not been suppressed.

Morris wrote of the discarded laptop left at a Delaware computer repair shop. Its contents implicated Joe Biden and his son in corruption connected with influence peddling and profiteering compounded by Hunter's love for hookers, illegal guns, and crack.

The story was suppressed and censored by social media platforms Twitter and Facebook. 

State-funded National Public Radio said that they are not covering the bombshell reporting because "We don't want to waste out time on stories that are not really stories, and we don't want to waste the readers' or listeners' time on stories that are purely distractions."

The tweet was signed off by "Terence Samuels, NPR's Managing Editor for News on the NY Post Hunter Biden story." Samuels' actual title appeared to be "Managing Editor for News."

Fox News contributor Gregg Re responded to Folkenflik, asking, "was this managing editor fired?"

Folkenflik had said the Twitter day was rough due to "Serious cuts at NPR" and upheaval at other establishment news outlets. 

"Be good to yourselves and each other, people," he added.

Terence Samuel is still an executive editor at NPR News.

In the two years since that tweet, Hunter Biden's "laptop from hell" has been authenticated by multiple outlets, including the New York Times and CBS News.

In July, NPR launched a "disinformation reporting team" despite a history of spreading disinformation about the Jussie Smollett hoax, the protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Kyle Rittenhouse, and genderqueer dinosaurs.
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