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“Shameful”: Secretary Pompeo Blasts NPR Reporter Over Interview

Appearing on “All Things Considered” on Friday, NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly described an interview she’d conducted with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, insisting to her listeners that Pompeo berated her with expletives after the interview portion of their interaction was over.

“He shouted at me for about the same amount of time as the interview itself had lasted,” Kelly said. “He was not happy to have been questioned about Ukraine. He asked, ‘Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?’ He used the F-word in that sentence and many others.”

Kelly said that Pompeo then took out a blank map of the world and asked her to identify Ukraine.

“I pointed to Ukraine,” she said. “He put the map away. He said, ‘People will hear about this.’”

In a statement on Saturday, Pompeo responded forcefully to Kelly’s interpretation of their meeting, calling her a “shameful” liar who had conducted the interview under false pretenses.

“NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly lied to me, twice,” Pompeo said. “First, last month, in setting up our interview and, then again yesterday, in agreeing to have our post-interview conversation off the record. It is shameful that this reporter chose to violate the basic rules of journalism and decency.”

Pompeo said that Kelly’s behavior and her subsequent radio remarks were just another example of how the “unhinged” media will do anything and everything to attack the Trump administration.

“It is no wonder that the American people distrust many in the media when they so consistently demonstrate their agenda and their absence of integrity,” he said.

Pompeo’s statement drew condemnation from the media and Democrats, who once again resorted to hyperbolic claims of fascism to get their point to stick.

Jason Rezaian of the Washington Post (who, having spent some time in an Iranian prison, ought to know a thing or two about true authoritarianism) said that Pompeo’s statement amounted to a “shameful assault on #PressFreedom.”

This was rebuked by former White House assistant Andrew Surabian, who said: “In what universe is complaining about a reporter breaking an off the record agreement an ‘assault on press freedom’?. If @NPRKelly did indeed break an off the record agreement, she should be fired & her colleagues should be condemning her, not holding her up as a resistance hero.”

You mean, take sides WITH someone in the Trump administration? Ha!

By the way, our favorite part of all of this: According to Pompeo, Kelly didn’t do quite as well with that blank map as she claimed on the air.

“It is worth noting,” he concluded, “that Bangladesh is NOT Ukraine.”

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  1. the use of npr,and c-span for very biased one-sided propaganda should be ended.. this is supposed to be NON-POLITICAL, FACTS ONLY. it is anything but.this is GOVERNMENT FUNDED AND SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN..

  2. who is lying?. do you really think someone who was schooled in europe for years would not know the where the ukraine was located. he didn’t like being questioned about ukraine and his treatment of our ambassador? how mean of her !! he had better get used tough questions about misconduct at least until the current cult has to dealt with a democracy and a free press.

    • The US is NOT a democracy! If you really want people to understand and agree with you, at least learn the fundamentals of our country. We are a Constitutional Republic. BIG difference! And the free press is anything but democratic. They are intrinsically flawed and should be shut down or revamped to return to honest reporting. Good grief.

  3. Agree, NPR broke its TRUST with me many years ago. I will not allow any family members to watch NPR as they have an agenda that attacks THE RULE OF LAW! Refund it!

  4. I would have given him a standing ovation if he had Bitch Slapped that rude, obnoxious, piece of excrement. As far as NPR is concerned I have felt all government funding should have ended a CNN long time ago. NPR should keep their dogs on a leash.

  5. NPR is CNN with a little more elitist tilt! Like the others, the only way you can tell they’re lying is if their lips are moving.

  6. I agree with the others here that he was within his rights to get upset. She lied to him about the post show interview!!! I would never trust NPR. They get tax dollars (mine included) and I would like that they did not. They are not a fact based program–they lean liberal and only report liberal/left news. DO NOT TRUST THEM!!!!!!

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