All Things Considered aired a highly misleading report. I heard it in real time and filed it under "Well they're still not noting the attack on Jews in that lunch either." But then I went to my e-mails and a few of you have e-mailed to tell me I should "correct like NPR did."
I have nothing to correct.
We are going to walk through.
1) Today NPR aired this 'report' on All Things Considered. Like four other ones I have previously heard, this is by David Folkenfilk. Right now the link is just audio. I asked C.I. and she said it will be late tomorrow morning if NPR provides a transcript.
2) Repeating, Mr. Folkenfilk, despite reporting on this story on air over and over has never ever noted the attack on Jews, that the ones staging the sting insist that Jews control the media and that the fired Mr. Schiller says they control the newspapers. I found it offensive and I find it offensive that NPR refuses to own up to that.
3) The bulk of the segment revolves around comments by David Weigel. Mr. Folkenfilk 'forgets' to tell the audience of Mr. Weigel's hostility towards conservatives and consertives outing people. From Wikipedia:
In late June 2010, excerpts of several of Weigel's private emails from the liberal JournoList were posted online by the website Fishbowl DC and later by Tucker Carlson's conservative news site, The Daily Caller. JournoList had been started in 2007 by Ezra Klein as an invitation-only discussion and debate forum for bloggers and reporters. The excerpts of Weigel's archived emails contained negative remarks about various public figures associated with American conservatism such as Pat Buchanan, Matt Drudge, Newt Gingrich, and Rush Limbaugh as well as being critical of the way many news outlets cover the more fringe elements and so-called "grassroots" members of American conservatism. Weigel said all of the emails were sent before he joined The Washington Post. He apologized on line before the second round of email excerpts was published on the Tucker Carlson site, explaining that he had thought the off-the-record listserv environment was a place where he could "talk bluntly to friends". However, The Washington Post ombudsman said the apology could not save his job because "the damage was too severe". Jim Geraghty of the National Review Online hinted at another reason for the dismissal, saying "there was definitely a perception that his blog was designed to make conservatives look bad".
Mr. Weigel was fired and he was fired because the e-mails that came out next contained remarks mocking special needs children. That is not considered "funny" at The Washington Post. Mr. Wiegel is not a trusted source. He is not a reliable one. He should not have been on the program.
4) What did he tell us? He regrets linking to the story. He tries to imply the remarks reported were wrong. He does not say that because he cannot say that. The remarks reported were accurate.
5) Refer to my "NPR 'forgets' the anti-semitic remarks in their 'report'" which is the only post I did dealing with more than the anti-semitic remarks. That piece opened with the following:I spent the day shaking an old friend and saying, "Life is worth living! Put down the razor blade!"
Yes, I am talking about NPR which, apparently, needs to be placed on suicide watch.
Ron Schiller. How could you? Full video here.
6) Mr. Shuster and Ben Smith of Politico were apologing for rushing to blog when the short video went up early in the day. I blogged at night. I never watched the short video. I heard (on NPR) reports about the video. But when I sat down and watched, I watched the full video.
7) Though Mr. Weigel tries to imply that the short video is false, it is not. It is edited. But no lines are put in anyone's mouth. Everyone said what they were quoted in the press saying.
8) Having used the long video, I have no need to issue a correction. Mr. Smith and Mr. Weigel's limited apologies were about the short video and not waiting to see the long one. I have no idea why Ben Smith is embarrassing himself. Mr. Weigel? We all know he cannot help but whore.
9) NPR's 'report' this evening was highly misleading. Here are the facts from it: (A) The short video (about four minutes long) was edited and (B) The long video was longer (about eleven minutes). Those are the only facts.
10) NPR tries to repeatedly imply that the editing (in the short video) was wrong. Wrong or right, I have no idea. I believe a short version was released with the promise of a longer one being issued later that day. (That is how it was reported when the story was breaking -- reported on the hourly news brief on NPR.)
11) The report gave us no new facts but attempted to obscure the issues by implying and misleading.
12) Having done that, NPR now has cheapened the apology that at one time was offered.
13) I was going to find a new topic to blog about because, to be very honest, it hurts me very badly that an NPR exec can trash Jews, be caught on tape being anti-semitic, and NPR acts as though it never happened. It hurts me. (I am Jewish, if you did not know.) I had no interest in this story anymore.
14) But now they are still reporting on it -- while ignoring Iraq -- and they still will not acknowledge the anti-semitisim and now they are also taking back the apology.
15) I hve not called for NPR to be defunded.
16) Another 'report' like the one today, I will be joining that call and getting my entire block to contact our new senator and explain that we do not support NPR. Since NPR joined with The New York Times in trashing our senator when he was a candidate (Democrat), I would assume that defunding NPR would be something he was already considering.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: