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Mary Louise Kelly Interviews Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo

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  1. [2]
    Omnicrola
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    .... About how you're a pompous ass? Check. Of all the reporting teams you choose to go ballistic on NPR? Seriously? I can understand being tired of talking about a topic, and the press keeps...

    He asked if I could find Ukraine on a map. I said yes, and he called out for aides to bring us a map of the world with no writing. I pointed to Ukraine. He put the map away.

    He said, "people will hear about this."

    .... About how you're a pompous ass? Check. Of all the reporting teams you choose to go ballistic on NPR? Seriously?

    I can understand being tired of talking about a topic, and the press keeps asking about it. I understand losing your temper. I also understand that when someone is so adamant that you stop talking about a topic, it's usually because they're hiding something.

    10 votes
    1. SantalBlush
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      I think they freak out at NPR to placate people on the right. O'Reilly did the same thing to Terri Gross quite a while back. It wouldn't bother me so much, except NPR actually goes too far out of...

      I think they freak out at NPR to placate people on the right. O'Reilly did the same thing to Terri Gross quite a while back. It wouldn't bother me so much, except NPR actually goes too far out of its way to appear neutral in the first place, to the point of allowing Republicans to spread misinformation on public radio. I thought their coverage of the impeachment hearings was terrible.

      7 votes
  2. [4]
    Deimos
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    Here's the official statement: https://www.state.gov/statement-by-secretary-michael-r-pompeo/ Quoting the whole thing here:

    Here's the official statement: https://www.state.gov/statement-by-secretary-michael-r-pompeo/

    Quoting the whole thing here:

    NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly lied to me, twice. 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. This is another example of how unhinged the media has become in its quest to hurt President Trump and this 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.

    It is worth noting that Bangladesh is NOT Ukraine.

    6 votes
    1. [3]
      Loire
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      Typical Republican bullshit. What more is there to say about it. "She lied to me twice" goes on to not provide any proof or substantive information of her lying. "Bangaladesh is not Ukraine". Ya?...

      Typical Republican bullshit. What more is there to say about it. "She lied to me twice" goes on to not provide any proof or substantive information of her lying. "Bangaladesh is not Ukraine". Ya? And? I understand Americans are shit at geography but I'm pretty sure the gruntiest of educationally-deprived Mississippian's know those two country's are not the same thing. Thanks Mike.

      He asked, "do you think Americans care about Ukraine?"

      Just fuck right off you fucking dolt.

      10 votes
      1. [2]
        psi
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        The implication is that Mary Louise Kelly mistook Bangladesh for Ukraine when asked to find Ukraine on an unlabeled map, which is absurd. As Aaron Blake writes in the Washington Post:

        "Bangaladesh is not Ukraine".

        The implication is that Mary Louise Kelly mistook Bangladesh for Ukraine when asked to find Ukraine on an unlabeled map, which is absurd. As Aaron Blake writes in the Washington Post:

        Here’s why there is absolutely no way that happened.


        First, Bangladesh is more than 3,000 miles away from Ukraine. It is east of India. Ukraine is in Eastern Europe; Bangladesh is in South Asia. Ukraine is in a border war with Russia; Bangladesh does not border Russia and isn’t even close to it. Ukraine is a large country; Bangladesh is comparatively small. It’s difficult to believe basically any journalist who was asked to locate Ukraine would point to Bangladesh, no matter how inexperienced.


        And second, even if there was one, there is no way it would be Kelly. Kelly isn’t just a host of “All Things Considered,” she is also a former national security reporter who has traveled overseas extensively in her reporting. She also literally has a master’s degree — in European studies — from Cambridge University in England, which is one of the most prestigious universities in the world.


        Pompeo could have mentioned a country that is actually near Ukraine, and it still wouldn’t have been believable given Kelly’s background. Mentioning a country in South Asia is patently ridiculous. Indeed, the mere fact that he challenged Kelly on the subject in the first place suggests he doesn’t really know who he was dealing with.

        5 votes
        1. Loire
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          What is the point of this posturing? The base is too stupid to understand the implication and nobody else.is going to believe the reporter thought Bangladesh is Ukraine.

          What is the point of this posturing? The base is too stupid to understand the implication and nobody else.is going to believe the reporter thought Bangladesh is Ukraine.

          1 vote
  3. scissortail
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    Mary Louise presses pretty hard in that interview while remaining professional. Good on her, not surprised that Pompeo cracked.

    Mary Louise presses pretty hard in that interview while remaining professional. Good on her, not surprised that Pompeo cracked.

    5 votes
  4. Keegan
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    I'm surprised the yelling doesn't happen more in these jobs. These people are put under a huge amount of stress and pressure nonstop. The only way some of them don't snap is probably some...

    I'm surprised the yelling doesn't happen more in these jobs. These people are put under a huge amount of stress and pressure nonstop. The only way some of them don't snap is probably some combination of drugs. This is what they signed up for though.

    4 votes
  5. psi
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    Here's the full interview: audio / transcript.

    Here's the full interview: audio / transcript.

    3 votes