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"the radical, racist, Islamaphobic, Tea Party people"

That, and more, from an NPR senior executive:

A man who appears to be a National Public Radio senior executive, Ron Schiller, has been captured on camera savaging conservatives and the Tea Party movement.

"The current Republican Party, particularly 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," declared Schiller, the head of NPR's nonprofit foundation, who last week announced his departure for the Aspen Institute.

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 up 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."

Schiller goes on to describe liberals as more intelligent and informed than conservatives. "In my personal opinion, liberals today might be more educated, fair and balanced than conservatives," he said.

There's video of it all at the link.  Schiller has since accelerated his departure from NPR... or perhaps NPR has done the accelerating... not completely clear at this point, nevertheless the whole thing will surely fuel the calls to defund NPR.

And rightly so.  Schiller is but the tip of this iceberg and to think that our tax dollars are going to fund this sort of bovine fecal matter is simply over the top.




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Comments (16)

News flash: Schiller (the ... (Below threshold)

News flash: Schiller (the elite intellectual) has resigned effective immediately. Something about spending more time with the family.

"Schiller goes on to descri... (Below threshold)

"Schiller goes on to describe liberals as more intelligent and informed than conservatives. "In my personal opinion, liberals today might be more educated, fair and balanced than conservatives,"

So that explains this robust economic boom? Must be just a little to 'nuanced' for us knuckle dragging conserves to perceive?

Why is NPR apologizing? He ... (Below threshold)

Why is NPR apologizing? He told the truth and he has to get fired for it? Why do the fuzzheads of the so-called "liberal" media continue to pay any attention to these agnotological Tea Taliban fools? The days are gone when you can call it like you see it.

malice -He ... (Below threshold)

malice -

He is welcome to tell the truth as he sees it, just as long as I do not have to pay any part of his salary.

We should go past just defu... (Below threshold)
dom youngross:

We should go past just defunding the whole CPB/PBS/NPR cabal. They should be earning revenue for us after 40 years of non-stop taxpayer funding.

In addition to pulling all funding (something around $430 million currently) for CPB, into which PBS and NPR are burrowed in like ticks, end all federal tax deductibility for AND slap a federal excise tax on all further private contributions to CPB, PBS, and NPR, with that revenue going directly and only to retiring federal debt. That goes for someone chiming in $10/month to live Hungarian princes donating $1.8 million to dead hamburger queens dropping $200 million their way.

I start the opening bid with a tax rate of 25%. It's a tax on the willing. Supporters at the current $10/month level would have to ante up $13.33/month to get the same contribution bang for their buck. Soros would have to throw $2.4 million at NPR instead of only $1.8 million. Hey, for that matter, let's go 'progressive.' So a starting tax rate of 25% to an upper rate of 50%. If Soros can see his way clear to donate $1.8 million at a crack, $3.6 million won't break him.

If states want to get in on the tax action that's cool too.

Like I said, it's a tax on the willing.

Ha ha! Busted! O'Keefe may ... (Below threshold)

Ha ha! Busted! O'Keefe may be a loose cannon, but damn, does he know how to put the hurt on the left.

Malice for thought -<... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Malice for thought -

The problem isn't that he said what he believed. The problem is that what he believes is so far from the mainstream that it is offensive to he majority of Americans. Most Americans don't see the GOP as anti-intellectual. Anyone who has actually bothered to look at the TEA Party would realize that it is not just another iteration of the far right religious lobby.

What Schiller did was reveal himself to be an ignorant, unthinking stooge, parroting far left talking points to people who the majority of Americans would suspect as being highly sympathetic to our enemies of not being directly in league with them.

Schiller shows massive amounts of paranoia regarding the TEA Party specifically and conservatives in general. For that alone he should be let go.

However, my understanding is not that he was fired but that he was already leaving for another job anyway. I sincerely doubt NPR would fire anyone who had never appeared on FOX News.

Get more popcorn, O'Keefe h... (Below threshold)

Get more popcorn, O'Keefe has additional videos coming from this sting.

NPR has revealed itself to ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

NPR has revealed itself to be stridently partisan and utterly contemptuous of a large swath of the American public. They cannot hide from this one. It is coming straight from the top.

What was even more amazing ... (Below threshold)

What was even more amazing to me is that this fool wrote in his statement announcing his resignation that his statements not only did not reflect NPR's values but they did not represent his personal beliefs either. I mean WTF? Plus, we got the standard "I apologize to anybody who may have been offended" crap which for me always is about as useless a form of apology that possihbly can be made.

The fact of the matter is, another relatively senior employee from NPR was at this meeting so it does not exactly wash for me that he would have made comments like this if he was not representing what he at least perceived to be the values of the organization and the part about how his statements did not represent his personal beliefs either makes no sense at all. Is he trying to have us believe he was making all these hateful statements up to impress what he thought were potential donors? Again, I just don't buy it - he seemed way too comfortable making these comments and if he was making it up it indicates a serious lack of character on his part that he would malign fellow Americans for money. Again, I doubt that was what he was doing here.

Time and again we see blatant liberal bias from any number of mainstream media sources so can the liberals give it a rest with their assault on FOX News already? We have seen nothing from people who work at FOX News that even remotely compares with this. This guy's statements disgusted me and the fact that my tax dollars go to NPR upsets me even more.

Why has no one noticed that... (Below threshold)

Why has no one noticed that a man who lives in Aspen Colorado is calling the middle class racist because they want their neighborhoods and hometowns to be more like Aspen Colorado versus more like Chicago or Washington, DC.

This is exactly what I mean... (Below threshold)

This is exactly what I mean when I say to Hyper and the other lefties. They look down their long snooty noses at the rest of us. If they did not think it, it isn't good. The left has no respect for opposing views. ww

Roger Simon has a good take... (Below threshold)

Roger Simon has a good take on one thing that was said.

Shiller: “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.”

Simons take was: "Holy Moly! It’s hard to imagine Betsy Lily sat there without comment, considering Sharia law — supported on their website by the people in front of her — has some of the most Draconian provisions against women in recorded history."

I think Roger Simon's take ... (Below threshold)

I think Roger Simon's take was right on. I mean, how is it that liberals are so comfortable with people who hang homosexuals and stone women with regularity? Of course, Sharia Law is about as far from our own Constitution as you can get so perhaps that explains it...

It must be the fact that most conservatives recognize the threat radical Islam represents to our way of life that makes liberals want to embrace organizations like CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood. If they hate those evil Tea Party people too how bad can they really be? The cold, hard truth is that an Islamic terrorist would slit the throat of a liberal just as readily as he would any other American. At best, he might kill them last.

When you get down to it, th... (Below threshold)

When you get down to it, there really isn't an effective left-wing presence that holds any significan¬t power in America. While this explains a disdain for liberal inaction in standing firm to it's principles¬, it also explains how conservati¬ves can step far outside their core principles and still maintain legitimacy¬. Moderate conservati¬ves are a thing of the past, and the TP movement has helped to assure that reasonable politician¬s are further pushed out of the Republican party.

Are you going to retract or... (Below threshold)

Are you going to retract or correct this post now that it's been uncovered as largely false?







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