State-Run Radio? Pompeo-Pounding NPR Now Nodding and Winking at Blinken


For all of the wisecracks about “state-run TV” below Trump, the shoe is now on the opposite foot, and NPR seems like “state-run radio,” or in a single case, “Division of State-run radio.” On Tuesday’s All Issues Thought-about, anchor Mary Louise Kelly interviewed the brand new Secretary of State. The net headline was “Secretary Of State Blinken Outlines Biden Administration’s Foreign Policy Goals.”

Simply have a look at this open-ended first query: “If I requested you for one sentence – what’s the aim of U.S. overseas coverage below this administration, the mission assertion – what would that sentence be?” We all of a sudden returned to that chummy vibe of a collection of Obama interviews with NPR morning anchor Steve Inskeep.

Kelly requested Blinken a collection of questions implying the Capitol riot and the Trump staff on the whole ruined America’s ethical standing on this planet: 

You simply talked about values, advancing American values world wide. Is that harder when they’re below siege right here at house?

If you stated it has made it harder, although, to wave the banner of American values, are you able to be particular? And have you ever been on a name with a counterpart abroad they usually’ve stated, hey, dangle on, who’re you to lecture us concerning the state of democracy and how one can run a rustic?

, after I converse to diplomats in Europe and past, a few of them – a lot of them have argued that there was injury to U.S. standing on this planet and that a lot of that injury can’t be repaired. They might additionally argue that a few of it predates the Trump administration. Do you hear comparable when you could have candid conversations with counterparts overseas?

It is a dramatic distinction with January 2020, when this similar Mary Louise Kelly spurred a wave of liberal assist by conducting a hostile interview with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. She requested him about Ukraine because the Democrats impeached President Trump over Ukraine coverage. she requested “Do you owe Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch an apology?” That was the NPR angle within the headline on-line: 

Pompeo Will not Say Whether or not He Owes Yovanovitch An Apology. ‘I’ve Accomplished What’s Proper’

Pompeo angrily insisted he did not wish to discuss it, and she or he continued. “I simply wish to provide you with one other alternative to reply this, as a result of as , individuals who give you the results you want in your division, individuals who have resigned from this division below your management, saying you must arise for the diplomats who work right here.” She then cited  “These should not unnamed sources!…That is your senior adviser Michael McKinley, a profession overseas service officer with 4 a long time expertise.”

Kelly then went on air and reported that after her interview was reduce brief, Pompeo screamed at her (together with use of the “F phrase”) and demanded she find Ukraine on an unmarked map, which she stated she did. 

She started the on-air interview with a collection of hardballs on Iran. Her first query to Pompeo: “Let’s begin with Iran. What’s the plan? And on diplomacy, particularly, is there any critical initiative to reopen diplomacy with Iran?”

There you could have it: NPR fights fiercely with Republicans, however will get out the softball bucket for the Democrats.