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Elon Musk lists NPR as State-affiliated media

Elon Musk’s Twitter abruptly labeled National Public Radio (NPR) as “U.S. State-affiliated media,” provoking protest and debate.

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NPR as State-affiliated media

Yesterday Elon Musk, CEO of Twitter, changed the labeling on the National Public Radio Twitter account. It now appears as “US State-affiliated Media.”

NPR labeling change

Among the first to note the change was the conservative account ALX. Here is how NPR now appears:

ALX took note of the change:

He then noted that this change “went viral” on the rival social medium Reddit. One user there said he was “very close to deleting Twitter.”

Naturally NPR has protested.

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So did Derek Thompson, who made much of NPR receiving only 1 percent of its budget from government programs. True or not, others pointed out this is irrelevant:

That wasn’t the only debate:

These and other challengers are pointing out that NPR acts like a government media arm, and in fact always has been a government institution.

In any case, Elon Musk refuses to take down the label.

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Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.

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