The morning after the first presidential debate, the “News Roundup” on The Diane Rehm Show -- a daily talk show on National Public Radio (NPR) member station WAMU in Washington, DC, with a weekly nationwide audience of 1.4 million -- featured Tony Blankley, editorial page editor of the conservative daily newspaper The Washington Times and former press secretary to then-speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
Blankley's fellow panelists were journalists Barbara Slavin, USA Today senior diplomatic correspondent, and Linda Wertheimer, NPR senior national correspondent. The panelists were hosted by frequent guest host Steven V. Roberts, who teaches media and public affairs at The George Washington University and is a contributing editor at U.S. News & World Report. With his wife, NPR senior news analyst Cokie Roberts, Roberts writes a weekly column that is nationally syndicated by United Media.
The Diane Rehm Show's “News Roundup” is billed as "A panel of journalists reviews the week's top national and international news stories."
Media Matters for America has previously identified several examples of distortions, falsehoods, and smears (here and here) by Blankley. Recently, he attacked financier and philanthropist George Soros as "a Jew who figured out a way to survive the Holocaust." Soros is a Hungarian-born Jew who survived the Nazi occupation of then-communist Budapest.