This is all about a sting operation conducted against NPR radio to reveal their polarized political prejudice. This is taken from their own NPR site and their responses are contained in the 'continues here' link provided. You'll have BOTH sides of the story to use to form your opinions.continues hereby Mark Memmott
(8:30 a.m. ET, March 9: We've added to this story many times, as you'll see below. This post starts with our original report, and then is followed by the updates we did along the way.)
Our original post:
NPR's soon-to-be-departing senior vice president for fundraising Ron Schiller is seen and heard on a videotape released this morning telling two men who were posing as members of a fictitious Muslim Education Action Center Trust that:
— "The Tea Party is fanatically involved in people's personal lives and very fundamental Christian — I wouldn't even call it Christian. It's this weird evangelical kind of move."
— "Tea Party people" aren't "just Islamaphobic, but really xenophobic, I mean basically they are, they believe in sort of white, middle-America gun-toting. I mean, it's scary. They're seriously racist, racist people."
— "I think what we all believe is if we don't have Muslim voices in our schools, on the air ... it's the same thing we faced as a nation when we didn't have female voices." In the heavily edited tape, that comment followed Schiller being told by one of the men that their organization "was originally founded by a few members of the Muslim Brotherhood in America." There's no sign in the edited tape that Schiller reacted in any way after being told of the group's alleged connection to an Islamic group that appeared to be connected with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.
— That NPR "would be better off in the long run without federal funding," a position in direct conflict with the organization's official position.
Schiller is also heard laughing when one of the men jokes that NPR should be known as "National Palestinian Radio."
NPR, as you'll see below, has called Schiller's comments appalling.
The video comes from Project Veritas, and is another in political activist James O'Keefe's undercover exposes (he most prominently took on ACORN — the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). In the video, Schiller and NPR institutional giving director Betsy Liley are at lunch in Washington with two Project Veritas "investigative reporters" identified as Shaughn Adeleye and Simon Templar, who posed as "Ibrahim Kasaam and Amir Malik." They were allegedly interested in having their organization donate $5 million to NPR. O'Keefe's organization says the recording was made on Feb. 22.
The edited video is a little more than 11 minutes long. Project Veritas has posted the two-hour uncut version here.
Although a comment is made that this Schiller is not related to Vivian Schiller of the same organization who was a deeply involved embarassment in the Juan Williams affair and who resigned because of it. Since NPR itself has confirmed the Schiller comment that only about 10% of it's funding comes from public (government) funds it surely won't mind when that source of funding is removed.
Gee whiz! If this is actually true and NPR itself doesn't need that 10% of OUR funding, why the Hell are the demonRATs fighting against de-funding NPR of government (public ...read 'taxpayer') monies? [sarcasm]Is it just me or does this entire affair smack of some sort of behind-the-scenes collusion between demonRATs in congress and representatives of NPR?[/sarcasm]. I couldn't help but notice that the first guy who said they didn't need that 10% became a victim of a "collateral damage" explosion at NPR and is out the door, headed off to new employment.
Remember that old axiom gang that goes thisaway..."Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.". I was reminded of that as I read about the circumstances of Ron Schiller's new hiring by The Aspen Institute It seems that there is a conflict here where NPR says Schiller had already advised them of his leaving and new job prior to the "sting" embarassment, but Aspen contradicted that in announcing his employment a full NINE (9) DAYS AFTER the date of the sting taking place. YIKES! What's going on here? Is this NPR house of cards crumbling around them? I'm wondering if the slumping in the ratings of MSNBC pseudo-ingenue Rachel Madcow has her looking over her shoulder worried about the replacement potential of one Betsy Liley, currently of NPR?
And then there's the old story, to be reconsidered, of the Two Left Hands and Ron Schiller's new employer. The dung trail never seems to end.In August 2004, according to this article in the liberal New Yorker, “a clandestine summit meeting took place at the Aspen Institute, in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. The participants, all Democrats, were sworn to secrecy” and included five billionaires who “shared a common goal: to use their fortunes to engineer the defeat of President George W. Bush in the 2004 election.” The wealthiest of these “hard-core partisans” was George Soros, who had been a “leading crusader for campaign-finance reform.”