bush "set-up" interviews coming to a halt? Why does NPR hate America? (snark)posted by Bill Arnett @ 11:34 AM Permalink
Glory hallelujah, it appears that the bush/cheney propaganda machine has finally hit a news outfit that just won't keep the ball in bush's court and kowtow to his demands for a particular reporter known to be friendly to bush.
See this from the WaPo, titled NPR Rebuffs White House on Bush Talk:
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.Congratulations to NPR for not falling for a bush propaganda technique, and, well, derisive laughter for Fox being so desperate they will make any concessions necessary to help spread the bush propaganda.
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.
This might be a signal that some MSM organizations are finally going to quit the "Just say Yes" to anything bush wants. How refreshing.