Feedback: NPR Regarding Clinton, Sanders Campaigns, More About WWDTM 'Insensitivity'

Sep 21, 2015

Last week we mentioned that we forwarded a question to NPR from listener Antoinette, “Is it true that NPR will not include Bernie Sanders as a viable candidate for the democratic presidential nomination?”

NPR released a statement in response to questions of this type, referring specifically to a story titled “Biden Fuels Speculation Of Presidential Run With College Affordability Speech.” 

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NPR says, “The reference in that conversation to Clinton “basically running against herself” was intended to mean that her campaign is being buffeted in large part by issues related to things she’s done – including using a private email server – rather than by attacks from other campaigns. We understand and apologize that the inference was not clear to some listeners. We did not intend to suggest that Clinton is not facing competition from Sen. Sanders. We also agree that a mention of the challenge posed by the Sanders campaign would have been appropriate and helpful to include.”

The NPR reply goes on to say,  “Sen. Sanders’ campaign, meanwhile, has been the subject of substantial coverage on our air and our website” and then listed 15 examples of such coverage with links. 

We’re posting those below: 

Sanders Gaining on Clinton. 2008 All Over Again?
Exactly What Kind Of Socialist Is Bernie Sanders?
Bernie Sanders And The Size And Wisdom Of Crowds
2016’s Campaign War Chests Are Just Jewelry Boxes Next To The Super PACS
Kudos To Sanders, With A Wink To Clinton, Too
Sanders Among The Least Wealthy Presidential Candidates
Bernie Sanders Just Drew A Huge Crowd. How Does It Measure Up?
Small Donors Fueled Sanders’ $15 Million Fundraising Haul
Sanders: ‘My Goal Right Now Is To Win This Election’ 
Bernie Sanders Walks A Fine Line On Gun Control
This Quirky New Hampshire Law Might Keep Bernie Sanders Off The Ballot 
Leaving Brooklyn, Bernie Sanders Found Home In Vermont
Bernie Sanders ‘Stunned’ By Large Crowds Showing Up For Him
Bernie Sanders: ‘We Are The Underdog’
Presidential Hopeful Bernie Sanders To Face Test In New Hampshire

And we had another comment about a recent Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me program.  This one from listener Bob who writes, “The Wait Wait Don't Tell Me piece on the Auschwitz showers was the ultimate in insensitivity. When I thought the piece was over, Peter Sagal and the guests continued to make jokes about it. Shame on you.”

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