Senate Dems to Pompeo: Comments about NPR reporter ‘insulting and contemptuous’
Five Democrats sent a letter to Pompeo after the secretary released a statement criticizing NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly and accused her of violating “the basic rules of journalism and decency.”
In the letter, the Democrats called Pompeo’s remarks “insulting and contemptuous” and “beneath the office of the Secretary of State.”
“We write to express our profound disappointment and concern regarding your irresponsible statement this morning about NPR Reporter Mary Louise Kelly and the corrosive effects of your behavior on American values and standing in the world,” they wrote.
“Instead of calling journalists ‘liars’ and insulting their intelligence when they ask you hard questions you would rather not answer, your oath of office places on you a duty and obligation to engage respectfully and transparently,” they continued.
Kelly said during a Friday segment on “All Things Considered” that Pompeo forcefully questioned whether Americans care about Ukraine and if the veteran journalist — who had recently returned from reporting in Iran — could find the country on a map.
Kelly told Shapiro that when she was called back to Pompeo after the interview for the private tongue-lashing, she told his office she would be relaying on air what had happened.
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