By Duncan Smith
The American public has funded National Public Radio, a broadcaster that once gave Russian President Vladimir Putin a platform, despite the fact that it long ago transformed itself into just another Left-wing media outlet.
One that President Trump would like to defund.
But he got another supporter of the idea this week — EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, who called for the nasty little Leftist network to become free of taxpayer-funding after one of the snarks who works there criticized the fact that he had to interview the agency chief.
As the Washington Examiner recounted:
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler Friday bolstered the Trump administration's bid to defund NPR after an NPR reporter editorialized against him and said it was 'unsettling' to interview President Trump's environment chief.
'It reinforces in my mind that NPR should not be publicly financed. It's just ridiculous,' Wheeler said after listening to how his 45-minute interview with Nora Saks of Montana Public Radio on Superfund cleanup efforts turned into an attack on the agency.
'So many reporters have blurred the line between reporting and editorializing. And she was editorializing and I thought it was supposed to be an actual news piece. I didn't realize it was just an editorial,' he said of her podcast, Richest Hill Episode 08: The Art Of The Superfund Deal.
During the 48-minute podcast she criticized the 'reign' of Trump and questioned agendas of his appointees. Wheeler, for example, is often referred to in media reports as a former coal industry lobbyist, but his prior work in Washington on environmental issues — his first job was as director of EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics — is typically ignored.
After airing some of Wheeler's quotes, Saks said, 'Having a chance to speak directly with Administrator Wheeler was unsettling. He comes off as a decent enough guy who can't wait to visit Glacier National Park and isn't out to get the planet. His neighborly Midwestern demeanor temporarily distracted me from the fact that he's now in charge of regulating the polluting industries he's staunchly defended.'
“She interviewed me for 45 minutes, and she ran 12 minutes of the interview, apparently,” a dumbfounded Wheeler noted.
“And she said I made 'unsubstantiated claims,' but she didn't say what the claims were. She said that it was 'unsettling' to talk to me. I don't care if she was unsettled to talk to me or not. It was unsettling to talk to an NPR reporter.”
Indeed. Let’s keep this ball rolling: ‘Defund NPR!’
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