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Monday May 23, 2022

NPR asks morning host Blinken to fight Putin fans on TV and on GOP

National Public Radio broadcast a ten-minute interview with Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Wednesday. Morning edition. We mentioned a year ago that the NPR’s approach was day and night on Trump’s top diplomat Mike Pompeo vs. Biden’s guy Blinken. Anchor Steve Inskip asks humble questions and then lets Blinken answer for a few minutes without a break. Some of these have been posted on YouTube:

His first question was “Should we be prepared for the reality of the continued destruction of Ukrainian cities?”

But this part was not on YouTube. At about eight minutes into the NPR segment, Inskip begins to think loudly about how the government should “counter” the Russian propaganda on American television (let’s assume he means money carlson):

Inskip: How, if at all, the United States wishes Counter voice at home who regularly repeats the point of speaking Russian on TV?

Flash: Well, Steve, happily, I don’t do politics in my job. I certainly don’t do domestic politics.

But that’s what we’ve seen – or at least that’s what I’ve seen. I spent a lot of time talking to members of Congress. There is incredibly strong bipartisan support for this effort, with efforts to support Ukraine, to punish Russia for what it is doing, and to put pressure on it.

Combining bipartisan support for Ukraine is “domestic politics” (about foreign policy), so it is a little strange to say that a Secretary of State does not do politics. Blinken is involved in “domestic politics” by giving interviews to liberal outlets such as NPR. Inskip Press and GOP reiterated its probe into pro-Putin pukas:

Inskip: Don’t you have to worry about the wing of the Republican Party that has been openly sympathetic to Putin for years?

BLINKEN: Again, I don’t do politics at home.

Inskip: Got it.

It’s funny, Time The magazine, under Richard Stengel (a future aide to Obama’s State Department), named Putin “their man of the year” in 2007, saying he was not a good man, but did “extraordinary things” and “so the Russians adore him.”

PS: Blinken talks about Fox News crew members who were killed on the job in Ukraine:

We also see journalists in crossfire, people doing their work to bring the truth to the world. We saw a Fox team that had – two members killed, one wounded, whom I know very well. This is Ben Hall. He’s the one who travels with me when I travel the world, the one I love the most, the one Extraordinary reporter who asks me many difficult questions wherever we go. I hope and pray that he will return to work as soon as possible, but two of his colleagues have already died in the attack, and another very prominent filmmaker has lost his life just the other day.

It’s good to hear that Hall is OK and has left Ukraine. But it is clear that NPR and Inskeep are not the kind of media organizations that ask Blinken a tough question. It sounds like state-run radio when Democrats run the executive branch.

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