Yes, I am talking about NPR which, apparently, needs to be placed on suicide watch.
Ron Schiller. How could you? Full video here.
Click here for The Christian Science Monitor's report on NPR's chief fundraiser Ron Schiller's departure from NPR -- sudden departure -- after right-wing muckraker James O'Keefe staged another interview. (I am not meaning to insult Mr. O'Keefe with my wording. Right-wingers have every right to be muckrakers and we could use a lot more of them on all sides.) Peter Grier reports, "On the tape Schiller blasts tea party members as 'racist' and 'xenophobic,' besides arguing for federal defunding of his own organization." Jennifer Harper (Washington Times) notes:
“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,” Mr. Schiller said to his convincing lunchmates, who were posing as members of the Muslim Education Action Center, a fictitious interest group with a convincing fake website.
“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,” the executive continued.I have no idea why anyone would find that surprising. Did they miss Terry Gross' interviews (Fresh Air) in November and December of 2009? Did we really need to hear what, for example, second bananas on TV shows thought of Tea Party members with Ms. Gross egging them on? And is a valid judge of others going to be a comedian who is wearing a braclet around his ankle to avoid going to jail or prison? Everything Mr. Schiller says was said by Terry Gross over NPR airwaves the last two months of 2009.
David Folkenflick reported on today's news for All Things Considered (NPR). I did not enjoy the opening and found it to be false.
And let me be really clear that Betsy Liley needs to be fired by NPR immediately.
The two paragraphs above are related.
I am Jewish. I did not find that funny in the least.
I did not find the claim that they participated in a discussion about how the media is controlled by Jews and how NPR would not be controlled by Jews, according to Mr. Schiller, but that control? "It's there in those who own newspapers."
If Ms. Liley had excused herself from the table, it would have been cowardly but I would not think she needed to be fired. Her sitting there and nodding along with the remarks.
Repeating, as a Jewish woman, I found it disgusting. I also found NPR's scrubbed version of the story -- which does not even note the anti-Semitic remarks -- to be less than honest.
Yesterday, I was detailing "Ms. Schiller's Belated Regrets" and thought I was done with the subject of NPR for the week. How wrong I was.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: