Public media objects to Twitter’s false label
NPR said it will no longer post fresh content to its 52 official Twitter feeds. The move comes after Twitter chose to first label the network as "state-affiliated media," the same term it uses for propaganda outlets in Russia, China and other autocratic countries.
Twitter gave the same designation to PBS and the BBC.
Twitter later revised its label on NPR's account to "government-funded media." But NPR said that is also inaccurate and misleading, given that NPR is a private, nonprofit company with editorial independence.
NPR receives less than 1 percent of its $300 million annual budget from the federally funded Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Shop Talk is a weekly panel discussion about journalism issues. This week’s program featured Will Buss, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University and advises the student editors at the Western Courier and the students at student radio station The Dog: Jessica Martin, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University and is news director of NEWS3-TV at WIU; and TSPR News Director Rich Egger.