Skip to comments.NPR Rebuffs White House On Bush Talk
Posted on 09/26/2007 5:02:30 PM PDT by woofie
Radio Network Wanted To Choose Its Interviewer
The White House reached out to National Public Radio over the weekend, offering analyst Juan Williams a presidential interview to mark yesterday's 50th anniversary of school desegregation in Little Rock.
But NPR turned down the interview, and Williams's talk with Bush wound up in a very different media venue: Fox News.
Williams said yesterday he was "stunned" by NPR's decision. "It makes no sense to me. President Bush has never given an interview in which he focused on race. . . . I was stunned by the decision to turn their backs on him and to turn their backs on me."
Ellen Weiss, NPR's vice president for news, said she "felt strongly" that "the White House shouldn't be selecting the person." She said NPR told Bush's press secretary, Dana Perino, that "we're grateful for the opportunity to talk to the president but we wanted to determine who did the interview." When the White House said the offer could not be transferred to one of NPR's program hosts, Weiss took a pass.
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NPR...thy name is media
NPR .. thy name is pink media.
Out of the NPR house, Juan, and back out to the plantation.
I hope NPR will not rebuff Ahmadinejad
Yeah, I’m sure these jackals never allow Clintonistas and other Demagogues to choose an interviewer.....
And all this time I thought it was National Palestinian Radio.
Juan left the plantation. Can’t have that at NPR.
But NPR is no biased right?
Juan Williams, moderate lefty, is stunned at NPR blatant bias? Where has he been? I’d love for someone to uncover the manipulation of NPR during the Clinton years. THAT would be a great story!
They probably checked with Dr. Dean and Soros, and both vetoed the idea. Our tax dollars at work.
Juan Williams, a died in the wool liberal, is also a very intelligent man. How in the hell can he remain a liberal? His son is a conservative. He can see how the libs are so biased and unfair, yet he still marches to their drum beat. WTF?
During the Bush administration, the political discourse, especially on the left, has become so vituperative, so hate-filled and illogical that opposition rather than progress seems to be the end.
And those who glory in Bush-hating and Bush-bashing need to consider that the political atmosphere that they establish will continue into a future Democrat administration. What is that old saw? You can’t unring the bell.
Name-calling is a logical fallacy.
Actually--and I don't know of Juan's entire career--but didn't he do a stint at NPR for some time, perhaps while he was still "cutting his teeth as a journalist?"
Every 15 years he has a moment of clarity. During the Clarence Thomas hearings he was shocked to learn that the left was out to trash Thomas at any cost. This year he has written a book on black education which, in large part, parrots Bill Cosby's views.
Even that dumbass Williams may FINALLY understand what a Republican is up against!! They don’t want Williams because Bush RECOMMENDED him!!
I guess I'm color-blind -- I thought it was RED!
By Paul Farhi
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, November 4, 2005; Page C01
Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, who sparked controversy by asserting that programs carried by public broadcasters have a liberal bias, resigned yesterday from the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting a day after the agency's inspector general delivered a report apparently critical of his leadership.
Tomlinson, a staunch conservative who was CPB's chairman until September, brought unprecedented attention to his agency by publicly criticizing the alleged political favoritism of news programs, primarily those carried by the Public Broadcasting Service. CPB wields great influence over public radio and TV stations through its distribution of about $400 million in federal funding each year.
Bush intrviewed by Block and Bird.
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