By | Rachel Brooks
Contributor | Telegraph Local
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NPR is under fire from the White House. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has clashed severely with NPR reporter Marie Louise Kelly, citing Fox News. Kelly allegedly broke an interview agreement she had made with Mr. Pompeo. Some of the questions she asked on-the-record were meant to be left off-record. Pompeo contests that Kelly lied to him and attempted to trap him with accusatory questions.
This incident has generated quite the controversy and many headlines. The Hill reports that Trump, enraged, has asked why NPR even exists. Mother Jones also published a story that states Trump is threatening to cut NPR’s funding after this incident.
Can Trump do this? Is NPR a government-funded news organization?
NPR states itself that it is an independent non-profit organization. However, if it receives Federal funding, then, yes, Trump could defund a portion of its grants.
Rolling Stone reports that Mark Levin, a Donald Trump supporter, and a conservative radio host/Fox News host, has questioned the purpose of NPR to exist. President Trump chimed in on Mr. Levin’s remarks via Twitter.
As Mr. Levin remarked,
“Why does NPR still exist? We have thousands of radio stations in the U.S. Plus Satellite radio. Podcasts. Why are we paying for this big-government, Democrat Party propaganda operation.”
Donald Trump retweeted this comment with the comment,
“A very good question,”
During the three years that Trump has been president, he has been attempting to defund public broadcasting. This would eliminate funding for programs such as NPR.
Rolling Stones reports that Mike Pompeo became irate when Kelly began to ask questions about Ukraine. The questions were directed toward whether Pompeo had apologized to the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch for the way she was allegedly mistreated by the Trump administration. This is one of the core talking points of the Ukraine scandal that is at the center of the impeachment scandal.
Pompeo argued that he and Kelly had agreed to only talk about “Iran.” After that, Rolling Stones describes a bizarre encounter Kelly says took place between herself and Pompeo after the interview. Kelly states that late on Friday she had an encounter with Pompeo that she describes as follows,
“I was taken to the secretary’s private living room, where he was waiting, and where he shouted at me for about the same amount of time as the interview itself had lasted.
Kelly describes how Pompeo explained to her that Americans don’t care about Ukraine.
“He used the F-word in that sentence and many others. He asked if I could find Ukraine on a map, I said yes. He called out for his aides to bring him a map of the world with no writing, no countries marked.” As quoted by the Rolling Stone.
Rolling Stone also quoted this statement released by Mr. Pompeo,
“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,”