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NPR Puff Piece on Brad Raffensperger Overlooks His Questionable Judgement in Georgia

The taxpayer-funded National Public Radio (NPR) spared no expense last week to (yet again) demonstrate its left-of-center bias, this time commending newly reelected Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger as a profile in courage.

NPR reporter Rachel Martin didn’t try to stain a Republican and his or her reputation, as she and her network typically does. That, of course, has everything to do with Raffensperger’s public posture against the 45th president. 

“He’s one of the Georgia officials who stood up to former President Donald Trump and his baseless claims of election fraud in the state of Georgia,” Martin editorialized.

“And he won anyway.”

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Raffensperger, in separate interviews, said last year that Georgia used drop boxes to collect votes in 2020, per the wishes of the state election board during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. This, of course, increased the risk of voter fraud.

State legislators, however, are the only entity the state’s constitution recognizes when it comes to authority over elections. Legislators said they were unaware of Raffensperger’s actions, meant at the time to capitulate to Democrat Stacey Abrams, until after it was too late.  

Despite the NPR puff piece, Raffensperger and his staff cannot claim they demonstrated utmost professionalism two years ago.

Under Raffensperger’s leadership, one Georgia secretary of state official, Jordan Fuchs, anonymously sourced a Washington Post story about Trump — a story that people now discredit. The Post story cited Trump’s phone call in late 2020 with Georgia Secretary of State Chief Investigator Frances Watson.  During that call, Trump urged Watson to find fraudulent mail-in ballots in Fulton County. The paper said Trump’s conduct and words — which the paper now admits it took out of context — constituted criminal behavior.

Writers at The Post, upon discovering new evidence, corrected their story.

As for NPR, the leaders of the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate appropriations committees refuse to comment on why they give taxpayer money to a news network with a hard-left slant. This was according to a RVIVR report earlier this year.

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The New York Times reported in 2020 that taxpayers that year gave the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), $465 million. The CPB helps fund NPR, according to the Public Broadcasting Service’s (PBSwebsiteNPR’s website reports that “a large portion of NPR’s revenue comes from dues and fees paid by our member stations and underwriting from corporate sponsors.”

“On average, less than 1 percent of NPR’s annual operating budget comes in the form of grants from CPB and federal agencies and departments,” the website went on to say.

According to Influence Watch, “many media watchdogs consider NPR to have a left-of-center bias. NPR “receives almost 10 percent of its budget from federal, state, and local governments indirectly.”

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