The State Department booted NPR reporter Michele Kelemen off Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s airplane for a trip to London, England and Kiev, Ukraine.
The ouster came just days after another NPR blogger, Mary Louise Kelly, accused Pompeo — without evidence — of cursing at her after she was reportedly unable to locate Ukraine on a map during a testy post-interview exchange.
State Dept Correspondents Association’s @shauntandon:”We can only conclude State retaliating against @NPR as result of this exchange..State press corps has long tradition of accompanying secretaries on travel,we find it unacceptable to punish individual member of our association”
— Nick Schifrin (@nickschifrin) January 27, 2020
Predictably, many in the left-wing mainstream media sided with NPR and accused Pompeo of “retaliating against” NPR.
In a statement, AFP writer Shaun Tandon — the president of the State Department Correspondents’ Association — speculated: “We can only conclude that the State Department is retaliating against National Public Radio as a result of this exchange. The State Department press corps has long tradition of accompanying Secretaries of State on their travels, and we find it unacceptable to punish an individual member of our association.”
Despite the whining and hollow lip service, other reporters in the press corps did not boycott the State Department’s trip abroad.