Twitter adds clarifying label to NPR’s account: ‘US state-affiliated media’


According to the Twitter, a “state-affiliated media” designation is placed on government media accounts and used to “provide additional context for accounts heavily engaged in geopolitics and diplomacy.” That means Twitter labels China’s Xinhau and Russia’s RT as “state affiliated media.”

Now NPR has the label on its profile and on every tweet, too, as “US state-affiliated media.”

Elon Musk shared a screenshot of the Twitter policy and captioned it, “Seems accurate.”

“The label appears on the profile page of the relevant Twitter account and on the Tweets sent by and shared from these accounts. Labels contain information about the country the account is affiliated with and whether it is operated by a government representative or state-affiliated media entity,” Twitter’s policy says.

Twitter defines government-affiliated media, without the “US addition” as “senior officials and entities that are the official voice of the nation state abroad.”

NPR gets its government funding through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which receives grants from different federal agencies and passes them through. NPRs budget for this fiscal year is over $300 million. Its audience, according to a poll by the Pew Charitable Trust, is largely Democrat. A 2019 survey found that 87% of NPR’s audience identified as Democrats, or leaning Democratic, and 12% were Republicans or leaning Republican.


  1. NPR has always been state-funded and state-controlled media. Left-wing and Democrat operation which tries to hold itself out as neutral.
    A complete joke. I’ve never given them a dime and never will.

    • National Propaganda Radio had a definite left wing bias when I first ever listened to it back in the early 1980s, but it has become MUCH more so, and much more radically pro-establishment, pro-globalist, and anti-freedom, since that time.

  2. Based on NPR’s selection of its interviewees, its subject matter, its tone and consistent verbiage, there can be no doubt – NPR is a federal government-funded arm of the Democratic Party. Musk has not yet announced the obvious, but he certainly knows it.

  3. Hilarious! I’ll bet heads are exploding over at NPR & CIA headquarters. Nice to see folks fighting back against the entitled elites.

  4. Obviously that label should be on many more MSM outlets. Hidden and not so hidden control by the government.

  5. But, that’s Twitter that’s doing that, and they’re not Big Brother, or are they? I don’t tweet or twitter, so it doesn’t impact me, but the action by Twitter certainly would be grounds for a lawsuit, for defamation.

  6. While hilarious, this is also true. NPR is and has been the US version of Pravda. Actually, the political views and goals of the current NPR are quite similar to the old Pravda.

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