Wednesday, March 09, 2011

NPR = Narcissistic Progressive Radicals...

So, on March 7 NPR's CEO Vivian Schiller claimed (on video) that:

"...NPR has 'no particular bias.' During the hour-long coverage on C-SPAN2, Mrs. Schiller repeats her evaluation that NPR is a bi-partisan news agency and that their reporting is 'ethical.'”

On March 8, Project Veritas released a hidden video of NPR Senior Executive Ron Schiller (no relation) saying things like this:

In a new video released Tuesday morning by conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe, Schiller and Betsy Liley, NPR’s director of institutional giving, are seen meeting with two men who, unbeknownst to the NPR executives, are posing as members of a Muslim Brotherhood front group. The men, who identified themselves as Ibrahim Kasaam and Amir Malik from the fictitious Muslim Education Action Center (MEAC) Trust, met with Schiller and Liley at Café Milano, a well-known Georgetown restaurant, and explained their desire to give to $5 million to NPR because, “the Zionist coverage is quite substantial elsewhere.”

On the tapes, Schiller wastes little time before attacking conservatives. The Republican Party, Schiller says, has been “hijacked by this group.” The man posing as Malik finishes the sentence by adding, “the radical, racist, Islamaphobic, Tea Party people.” Schiller agrees and intensifies the criticism, saying that the 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.”

Apparently, it was publicly announced last week that Ron Schiller was leaving NPR in May. But the video was filmed on Feb 22 (three weeks ago). Ronny is now on administrative leave. (My non-liberal heart bleeds.)

Poor Ron is also apparently not taking on his new position at the Aspen Institute.

Vivian, meanwhile, has quit NPR over the incident. But this isn't the first issue that has haunted Viv. She was the one that fired liberal journalist Juan Williams last year:

Vivian Schiller was criticized for last year's firing of analyst Juan Williams after he said on Fox News that he feels uncomfortable when he sees people in "Muslim garb" on airplanes. She later said she was sorry for the way she handled Williams' dismissal but stood by her decision to fire him.

Juan Williams had PLENTY to say about the nasty culture at NPR.

As Ron Schiller said in that hidden video:

"NPR 'would be better off in the long-run without Federal funding.'”

Be careful what you wish for... you just might get it.


3/10 UPDATE: Seems NPR was also willing to hide from the federal government the fact that the money they'd receive from the sting was from a Muslim Brotherhood front group. OUCH! That's gotta hurt.

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