|Ron Schiller, at THE lunch|
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."There was also a David Folkenflik story last night on All Things Considered, and Larry Abramson reports about it today on Morning Edition. NPR has pledged to cover continue following developments.
Early last evening, Slate reported:
NPR has released more statements. First, Schiller walks the plank and says he resigned.So here are a sprinkling of conservative reactions to the "Mr. Schilller Does Lunch" video . . .
While the meeting I participated in turned out to be a ruse, I made statements during the course of the meeting that are counter to NPR’s values and also not reflective of my own beliefs. I offer my sincere apology to those I offended. I resigned from NPR, previously effective May 6th, to accept another job. In an effort to put this unfortunate matter behind us, NPR and I have agreed that my resignation is effective todayNext, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller -- no relation -- tries to wrap a bow around this.
Ron Schiller’s remarks are contrary to what NPR stands for and deeply distressing to reporters, editors and others who bring fairness, civility and respect for a wide variety of viewpoints to their work every day.
Cybercast News Service (CSN, founded as Conservative News Service) reports this reaction from Brent Bozell, founder and president of the Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog group:
|Leo Brent Bozell III|
“NPR hates Middle America, plain and simple,” said Bozell in his statement. “This week’s utterances from NPR officials underline that these taxpayer-funded bureaucrats loathe most of the taxpayers who feather their comfortable nest. Their contempt for ‘scary’ Middle Americans belies their ridiculous claims of concern for rural stations and their absurd declaration that somehow NPR is the epitome of fairness and balance.”
No wonder the radical left-wing billionaire George Soros has funneled $1.8 million into NPR,” said Bozell. “They are doing his bidding and calling it ‘news.’”
"... this guy Schiller is not a leader of anything. He's a coward. He's an effeminate little waif sitting up there waxing eloquent about how woe is the country because not everybody is as smart as he is -- while he's being duped! He's in the middle of being duped here by a couple of people who have set him up royally. ..."
"...That is what's gonna come back and bite his tiny little geisha ah -- uh, butt. We'd be better off without federal funding. Ha! Now, he's out there admitting it, but his excuse will be, "Well, look, I'm trying to separate $5 million from these guys." Of course I'm gonna tell 'em -- but this, behind closed doors, this is what's gonna gnaw at this guy's geisha butt, I guarantee you. You're listening here to the intellectual Ron Schiller. ..."
|Jenny Beth Martin|
The Tea Party Patriots slammed NPR for the Schiller comments Tuesday, calling on Congress to de-fund the radio network in light of the remarks.
"Mr. Schiller's latest comments provoke a larger question -- how long will we as a nation be willing to tolerate the arrogance of the self-appointed ruling elite?" Tea Party Patriots coordinator Jenny Beth Martin said in a statement.
If you've seen the video there is no way one can justify another dime of Taxpayer Money to these Left-wing criminals at PBS & NPR.
About as Anti-American a bunch of folks as you'll ever find outside of a CPUSA meeting.
"I like NPR.
After the Williams /Fox incident, how could an NPR executive be so dumb?
Unbelievable. Another self inflicted wound."Your thoughts?
*link leads to an article posted this morning in The Atlantic on the same subject as this blog.