Thursday, February 26, 2009

Geithner won't say the "N" word on NPR (audio)

NPR-'Planet Money', audio (28:48):
If any single human being stands at the center of the global economic crisis, it's U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. This afternoon, Geithner took his hands off the intricate machinery long enough for an interview with Adam Davidson.

As you'll hear in the podcast, the pairing of titan and reporter made for quite a dance.

Bonus: Producer Katia Dunn describes the scene in Geithner's office, where an aide helped to keep the Treasury secretary on message.
H/t to Ben Smith, who shares the NPR producer's sketch of the scene:
a press aide "madly running around the room for the entire interview," "scribbling" and waving talking points, and "reaching more and more frantic levels of craziness."

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