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July 1, 2009

NPR'S OMBUDSMAN, WHO WANTS TO SOFT PEDAL USE OF WORD 'TORTURE,' IS AFRAID TO TALK TO GLEN GREENWALD

Glen Greenwald, Salon - NPR's Ombudsman, Alicia Shepard, wrote a column last week justifying NPR's policy of using euphemisms such as "enhanced interrogation tactics" -- while barring the use of the word "torture" -- to describe the interrogation tactics used by the Bush administration. I wrote a critique of that column which was widely cited, and the comment section to her column was filled with hundreds of angry criticisms -- many times the number of comments her column typically attracts. As a result of all that, last week I extended an invitation to Shepard to discuss her column with me on Salon Radio. . .

Yesterday, we received Shepard's response: no. According to the Salon intern who tenaciously pursued Shepard all week and spoke with her yesterday:

||| I just got off the phone with Alicia Shepard. She declined to have an interview, or to go on Salon Radio. To quote, she thought "misleading things" were written about her on Salon, and said "I don't want to get into a shouting match." As for what the "misleading" statements were, she didn't clarify. |||

2 Comments:

Anonymous lefty-smefty said...

NPR and public radio public and television is and was, from the day it accepted corporate sponsors, corporate crap. It exists, like the current scotus and sic justice dept. to further corporate control and thwart change, which is Obama's job, thwarting change. Most of the liberal dem sites, dailykos for example are stooges of the DNC. Certain words and topics like 9/11 will get you banned. Such is the state of clinton/obama democracy. Notice we have change we can believe in again.i.e. the kidnapping of another democratically elected Latin American leader by the leader of the free world.
See:
Obama Administration Knew of Coup In Advance
http://dailytocque.com/?p=753
and:9/11 Metastasizing: the Left's Co-Dependency
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/6/3/738515/-9-11-Metastasizing:-the-Lefts-Co-Dependency

July 1, 2009 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it "Glenn"? America's tragic fact-checker shortage continues.

July 1, 2009 2:29 PM  

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