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Posted at 9:49 AM ET, 03/ 8/2011

James O'Keefe records former NPR executive on secret video

By Melissa Bell
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James O'Keefe (Patrick Semansky/AP)

NPR has not been having the best public relations year. And a new video recorded by James O'Keefe (he of undercover dressed-as-a-pimp fame) will not change that pattern.

A sting operation has two operatives pretending to be wealthy Muslim donors who wish to help NPR in case Republicans have their way with the whole push for defunding.

In the video, NPR Foundation's senior VP for development Ron Schiller and senior director of institutional giving Betsy Liley talk to the donors about Juan Williams, anti-intellectualism and the tea party, which Schiller calls "a weird evangelical kind of move ... seriously racist."

The Post's Paul Farhi writes, in a longer analysis of the video, that Schiller can be heard saying NPR "would be better off in the long run without federal funding."

The latter sentiment is often expressed privately by people at NPR, who would prefer that the news organization have no financial ties to federal sources. However, as Schiller himself says in the video, federal funding forms an important part of the budget of NPR's affiliated stations and elimination of this money would hurt many stations.

"James O'Keefe catches NPR fundraiser talking exactly like a conservative nightmare of what NPR sounds like," Dave Weigel at Slate wrote on Twitter after posting the video.

Schiller worked for NPR as a fundraiser but just left the organization. Agreeing with potential donors is not exactly out of the norm for a fundraiser's business model. The quotes are not entirely off from what other executives at NPR have said a number of times, particularly with Juan Williams and the company's emphasis on impartiality.

O'Keefe also has a history of creative editing and the opening line -- that NPR gets $90 million from the government -- is not factually correct. NPR receives only about $2.4 million directly, with the rest coming from member stations (who also receive federal funding grants), sponsorships and fundraising.

Update: NPR responded to Weigel's posting:

The fraudulent organization represented in this video repeatedly pressed us to accept a $5 million check, with no strings attached, which we repeatedly refused to accept. We are appalled by the comments made by Ron Schiller in the video, which are contrary to what NPR stands for. Mr. Schiller announced last week that he is leaving NPR for another job.

Update 2: O'Keefe posted the full 2 hours of the video to his site, telling readers to "Judge for yourself."

(Via Dave Weigel)

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Comments

So the "sting" is Shiller calling the tea baggers "a weird evangelical kind of move ... seriously racist."?
Calling the baggers exactly what they are is a "sting"????
This is the best you can do?? Really????

Posted by: jeffc6578 | March 8, 2011 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Schiller's words are edited and paraphrased beyond his intentions in this carefully manipulated piece of yellow journalism. When Schiller expresses personal opinions, he admits to it. His views are certainly not any more outrageous than those expressed nightly on Faux News. At least he speaks truth, and when he expresses an opinion, he doesn't try to dress it up as truth. The Washington Post should not be adding to the slant by suggesting that NPR appears like a "conservative nightmare." Rather, WP should be exposing this as yet another tabloid-style piece of psuedo-journalism by a group that specializes in manipulating public perception. www.killingmother.blogspot.com.

Posted by: killingMother | March 8, 2011 11:16 AM | Report abuse

And you're giving this troll front-page coverage because . . . ?

Posted by: mattintx | March 8, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

So you start this little piece saying, "NPR has not been having the best public relations year." Then you fill in the middle with a twitter quote from another opinionater and several qualifier's that put a lie to pretext of the entire piece, then you end by telling us, essentially,' never mind' because O'Keefe also has a history of creative editing and the opening line--that NPR gets $90 million from the government--is actually incorrect.
Who is the object of the sting?
Readers of the WaPo me thinks.

Posted by: jmk833 | March 8, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

"In the video, NPR Foundation's senior VP for development Ron Schiller and senior director of institutional giving Betsy Liley talk to the donors about Juan Williams, anti-intellectualism and the tea party, which Schiller calls "a weird evangelical kind of move ... seriously racist."

Which is true. Continue.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | March 8, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

No taxpayer funds for this left wing organization!!!! They can slant the news the way they want but not at taxpayers expense!!!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | March 8, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

The headline should read "Washington Post hit by undercover camera sting" for posting this non-story exercise in gutter journalism. Where's the that new ombusman?

Posted by: pppp1 | March 8, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Yawn. But I'm sure some will like it.

Posted by: DJMonet | March 8, 2011 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Not that "pimp" O'Keefe again. How can anybody take seriously a man that has shown he has no problems falsifying and cross-dressing his way to fame if not fortune?

I guess it takes all sorts to make a world. I wouldn't be suprised if he began his career as a "young Republican". CB

Posted by: chrisbrown12 | March 8, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

This isn't news, it's PR for O'Keefe. As much as he probably thinks this shows NPR in a bad light, it actually puts the spotlight on the childish methods conservatives will stoop to for a story. What a bunch of children.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 8, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I would honest to God rather see another post about Charlie Sheen, than see a post about this walking talking lie. You know he edits the hell out of his videos, you know every last video he's made has eventually been shown to be selectively edited to present completely dishonest pictures, and yet you cover him anyway? What in the hell?

Posted by: dkp01 | March 8, 2011 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Funny. I know many republicans who share Schiller's view. Regardless, O'Keefe is a sleazeball who has no credibility whatsoever. Just google "James O'Keefe" and "Abbie Boudreau" and you'll see what I mean.

Posted by: binaryboy | March 8, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Schiller must have felt that he did SOMETHING wrong, since he's abruptly leaving NPR.

NPR needs to clean up its act if it wants taxpayer funds.

I love NPR, but they should leave politics out of their executive decisionmaking process.

Posted by: postfan1 | March 8, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

WaPo this is not worthy of you.

Why would you print anything that starts out with such a big "lie" regarding funding. Stop saying "incorrect" when it's an actual lie. $90M vs $2.4 - that's a lie. Using "incorrect" gives the "lie" credence it doesn't deserve.

Right or wrong those are not words that haven't been uttered before about the tea party.

Posted by: rlj1 | March 8, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

This is exactly why NPR/PBS shouldn't be receiving taxpayer money. This is not an impartial operation, period. And because of that, no taxpayer funds should be afforded.

Somebody else can buy Sesame Street and do just as well with it. Heck, it could likely stand as it's own business.

Posted by: wearedoomed1 | March 8, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I love it! Reading these comments is almost better than listening to the clip. For an organization as ridiculously slanted as NPR is, you have to expect a herd of angry, quivering-lipped liberals to start bashing the messenger. Hooray for free speech, democracy, and REAL journalism!

PS - the only difference between NPR and FoxNews is that I'm not forced to support Fox!

Posted by: rmoore080 | March 8, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I am not so concerned about his expressing opinions (even his odd intellectual schtick), but in Schiller not expressing some concern about Islamic violence, or pressing the representatives on their stance in this area.

It is an elephant in the room and we must talk about it, just like Juan Williams did.

Since when are journalists not allowed to express opinions when stated as such or when these people are hired TO state their opinions? Editorial pages and editorial copy are part of the newspaper and now fully most of what is offered on cable channels. As if Juan sends in live feeds from the field. (This is a separate issue entirely for another day.)

Schiller seems really dumb and uninformed actually. Or enamored with the money he might get. Yuck.

Posted by: Marylander61 | March 8, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

jeffc6578 what do you mean Tea Baggers? This is not an article about Barney Frank, and although The Democrats as a party have been historically blatantly racist, the last Democrat member of congress who was (known) to be in the KKK Robert Byrd has recently gone to his (hopefully just) reward.

Unless you are talking about the Tea Party, then who is the Racist you are talking about, is it Herman Cain? are you saying the Tea Party is full of anti white blacks? If so I can assure you that Mr. Cain is NOT a racist.

Posted by: Amy_LaGata | March 8, 2011 11:49 AM | Report abuse

The liberal posters at this sign are amazing. A senior NPR executive makes a complete ass out of himself and NPR but for you folks, this is all about nothing; move on, nothing to see here. Yet another perfect demonstration of the vacuous character of the left. BTW, I'm just guessing here but, isn't it just a bit hypocritical the way you continue to try to brand the Tea Party as "baggers"? You know, glass houses and all that.

Posted by: jerseyj | March 8, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

After actually listening to the video, I'm glad that the Washington Post has run this story. NPR should be recognised for what it is ... "liberal". I'm not saying there is anything wrong with them being liberal, but there is something wrong with taxpayer dollars being used to fund any part of them ... Unless taxpayer dollars are also used to fund Conservative programing. :)
Bet that would not go anywhere.

Posted by: dunwoody01 | March 8, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

So all those that dislike this person, would sooner have advice being given to those that would exploit children? It can't be argued that he has expose the failings on some of these organizations. Even if it helped one child his means are justified.

Posted by: tateofpa | March 8, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

NPR get lots of Govt. money indirectly. The local stations get direct assistance (our local station get $400,000 or 10% of their budget), then the NPR charges each station for its news programming.

How you determine how much of the Govt. assistance is diverted back to NPR depends on your point of view.

Posted by: scottNV | March 8, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Too bad NPR didn't secretly video record the meeting. Then, they could have taken the check, making some comment about checking the check out before deciding to actually accept the donation. I doubt that O'Keefe had $5 million dollars in that checking account. Writing fraudulent checks is illegal.

I wonder how many years behind bars a bogus $5 million check would get?

Posted by: paulacvdw | March 8, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone actually believe James O'Keefe anymore? He seems to be as clean as HBGary Federal.


http://blogs.forbes.com/andygreenberg/2011/02/28/hbgary-federals-aaron-barr-resigns-after-anonymous-hack-scandal/

Posted by: steve1231 | March 8, 2011 12:08 PM | Report abuse

LOLOLOL...NPR gets caught acting the elitist yet again. Notice in one segment of the video where he states how liberals are better educated. In another area he states 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.”

You liberal nut jobs just keep stepping in it, over and over and over.

The best part? Where Schiller said what he is “most disappointed by in this country, which is that the educated, so-called elite in this country is too small a percentage of the population, so that you have this very large un-educated part of the population that carries these ideas.”

Stupid elitist liberals. Guess what? The overwhelming majority of the unwashed and uneducated masses does not WANT or need you.

Posted by: thebloddletting | March 8, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

LOLOLOL...NPR gets caught acting the elitist yet again. Notice in one segment of the video where he states how liberals are better educated. In another area he states 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.”

You liberal nut jobs just keep stepping in it, over and over and over.

The best part? Where Schiller said what he is “most disappointed by in this country, which is that the educated, so-called elite in this country is too small a percentage of the population, so that you have this very large un-educated part of the population that carries these ideas.”

Stupid elitist liberals. Guess what? The overwhelming majority of the unwashed and uneducated masses does not WANT or need you.

Posted by: thebloddletting | March 8, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

So, TP people, when the WaPo parrots this fraudulent/distorted claptrap, created by a known phony and liar, more or less along the lines of your own TP propaganda (with the WaPo effectively playing accomplice to attempted partisan political sabotage), and then waits until the end of the piece to reveal that the opening premise is yet another whopping lie...

Is THIS ridiculous sham the sort of thing you are referring to when you whine about the 'liberal media'? Because no 'liberal media' outlet would be this credulous.....

Posted by: WaitingForGodot | March 8, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

The right is screaming about NPR being impartial but that is the farthest thing from the truth. If you listen or read the same story on Fox, CNN, MSNBC, NPR and then the BBC impartiality of would become very apparent. I do this regularly in hopes of trying to see what is really going on and i can say that the source for real news is NPR/PBS and BBC. Fox is slanted to the right, MSNBC is slanted to the left and CNN tries to play the middle so much that it gives a voice to the idiots on both sides. While some may think CNN's approach is best it just leads to avalanche of lies with facts getting buried. With NPR/PBS the truth stands on it's own merit. NPR/PBS is the only source of really news left in this country because it calls it as it is. That doesn't mean it is always going to say nice things about the right or the left because the truth is not always nice! Can any objective reader really disagree with what was said about the tea party in this video?

Posted by: soscane | March 8, 2011 12:19 PM | Report abuse

HA!!! HA!!! HA!!! HA!!!HA!!! HA!!! HA!!! HA!!!HA!!! HA!!! HA!!! HA!!!HA!!! HA!!! HA!!! HA!!!

Schiller said what he is “most disappointed by in this country, which is that the educated, so-called elite in this country...

keeps getting punked by some guy with a camcorder.

now that's funny

Posted by: drjcarlucci | March 8, 2011 12:19 PM | Report abuse

The right is screaming about NPR being impartial but that is the farthest thing from the truth. If you listen or read the same story on Fox, CNN, MSNBC, NPR and then the BBC impartiality of would become very apparent. I do this regularly in hopes of trying to see what is really going on and i can say that the source for real news is NPR/PBS and BBC. Fox is slanted to the right, MSNBC is slanted to the left and CNN tries to play the middle so much that it gives a voice to the idiots on both sides. While some may think CNN's approach is best it just leads to avalanche of lies with facts getting buried. With NPR/PBS the truth stands on it's own merit. NPR/PBS is the only source of really news left in this country because it calls it as it is. That doesn't mean it is always going to say nice things about the right or the left because the truth is not always nice! Can any objective reader really disagree with what was said about the tea party in this video?

Posted by: soscane | March 8, 2011 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Why not expose James O'Keefe for mashing up video/audio to produce the so-called ACORN pimp "sting". Why the outright propaganda piece? Doesn't WaPo have reporters anymore? Or is journalistic ethics an optional course now?

Posted by: MidwestGuy | March 8, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

"You liberal nut jobs just keep stepping in it, over and over and over."
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If you conservative baggers would just stop s hitting all over the place, we liberals would have nothing to step in.

Posted by: Grant_x | March 8, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

James O'Keefe must only be politically conservative: he wore khakis and a button-down shirt without a belt...he's such a rebel!!!

Posted by: Sportaholic | March 8, 2011 12:29 PM | Report abuse


NPR is a leftist political organ on the public dole.

Posted by: chicago77 | March 8, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure MSDNC, Huffington Post and Moveon.org all think they're mainstream too.

But they don't depend on public funding.

Just $$ from guys like Soros.

NPR, move out of your parent's basement and make it on your own.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | March 8, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

At least this time we weren't helping pimps!

Posted by: jonawebb | March 8, 2011 12:37 PM | Report abuse

When are we going to read that James O'Keefe was carried to an emergency room after somebody beat the natural crap out of him? It's long overdue and just a matter of time.

Posted by: ceefer66 | March 8, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

At least this time we weren't helping pimps!

Posted by: jonawebb | March 8, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

He was just lying to get their money. He was sitting in front of two Muslims and what was his message? Christians hate NPR, Jews hate NPR. Black Hispanics really hate us.

Notice he didn't ever circle back to that "lack of Muslim voice in media is like lack of female voice in media years ago." Connect with your inner Taliban and go with flow.

WaPo has covered for them well by publishing the Five Myths about The Muslim Brotherhood thing last weekend. Muslim Brotherhood is not a terrorist organization, just another well-monied interest group. And that we can deal with.

Posted by: blasmaic | March 8, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Previous to reading some of the rants from the left on this post I would have thought republican backlash would benefit the democrats next year. If the left mouths off in the media anything like they do on this post we should get ready for a republican president in '12.

Posted by: gr8cntry | March 8, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Catching someone saying negative things about the opposition is a sting? Members of both parties, leadership included, does that on a daily basis. Big deal. O'Keefe and his supporters are getting desperate.

Posted by: Lefty_ | March 8, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

O'Keefe really is a modern-day "boy who cried wolf" (or leftist). His previous sting operations have repeatedly been revealed to employ selective editing and take quotes out of context, so he has zero credibility as a journalist or muckraker.

That said, let's assume for the sake of argument that everything happened here just the way he says it did. So what? No money changed hands, and no one at NRP did or said anything illegal. Yes, the story is embarrassing, but no more so than all the times Fox has had to retract its own reporting and commentary because it lacked a factual basis.

When O'Keefe and his cronies get as worked up about that as they do about NPR's "bias" toward fact-based reporting, then I'll listen to their recommendations. Until then, I'll continue to regard this episide as the latest desperate attempt of a hack to gain publicity.

Posted by: DCSteve1 | March 8, 2011 12:48 PM | Report abuse

i stopped listening to music and started tuning in to my local npr radio station. this is the only way i can a newsworthy foundation of what is happening in our world. if i wanted spin in any direction i would have tuned in to fox or msnbc.

it's a sad state of affairs in our country that just because npr does not spin its news, then its leftist and must be discontinued. i guess this is way some third world countries are surpassing us in terms of education and our standard of living. we are going to deserve everything we get as a nation for the sins of the fathers and the continuance of these sins by the sons. and i agree with many of the readers that this is a non-story meant to raise the ire of our right-wing brothers.

touche washington post, i see now why they call you "wa-po": way poor journalism.

Posted by: glenknowles | March 8, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

So conservative stations like Fox do not get any federal dollars? I call Bull-Sh*t. I expect Fox makes every use of the tax code it can to reduce their tax liability - another form of Federal support. How can conservatives say that the Home mortgage interest deduction is a form of subsidy but not the tax breaks taken by every company in the US? Every company that accepts grants or takes tax deductions/credits (and I am sure Fox does) is subsidized by the Feds.

Posted by: jamathias | March 8, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse

begin full scale damage control immediately,

1) attack reporter;

2) say remarks out of context;

3) play race card;

4) mischaracterize what is on tape.

5) repeat.

6) put jesse and al on standby. queue up michael moore as well. make sure jimmy carter is in the loop. remind him NPR does not mean Never Pry Radio.

it has worked in the past. its all we have. lets try it again.

from a San Diego public relations guy

and as long as we have people believing anything we say, let's start telling them NPR makes money for the government.

Posted by: ColinFlaherty | March 8, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

All I can judge by this video is that NPR's Betsy Liley must be a ton of fun after of couple of Keystone Lights at the local tractor pull. On the other hand, I believe Mr. Schiller might be offended by the local Christians and the horrible cotton/poly blends that they insist on sporting at such events.

Posted by: carolinadreams | March 8, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

LOLOLOL...

Stupid elitist liberals. Guess what? The overwhelming majority of the unwashed and uneducated masses does not WANT or need you.
Posted by: thebloddletting | March 8, 2011 12:14 PM
___________________________________________
You're laughing about being a member of the unwashed and uneducated hoi polloi? You embrace filth and ignorance? Conservatives are getting stranger by the day.

Posted by: Lefty_ | March 8, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

What exactly is the "function" of NPR anyway?
Does the federal government really need to spend millions on it annually?
Surely, even in the most remote areas of the US, people can receive news some way other than a government funded "news source".
And if you're being funded federally then you absolutely have to be neutral in your reporting.
If you're offering an opinion, either conservative or liberal, it shouldn't be taking place on something using tax dollars.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | March 8, 2011 1:01 PM | Report abuse

The willingness to collude in a dishonest method with disingenuous intent and hail it as a moral victory is one of the most disgusting traits of the American modern right. This man has no credibility in the real world but is a hero to the fakers who would turn the world by any means possible. And these people wonder why the rest of us will not engage with them in debate and view them with increasing hatred.

Posted by: dollmike | March 8, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

And how is a phony video by a discredited teabagger (who is currently facing FELONY charges for bugging a US senator's phone any different from the previous phony videos he made? All of which have been refuted in the end.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | March 8, 2011 1:03 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame Ron Schiller had to lose his job over this garbage.

Posted by: dokbionic | March 8, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Hey...when you "Mouse Over" O'Keefe's photo above...it incorrectly identifies him as "netanyahu".

Posted by: papag00se | March 8, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm really starting to question the collective brain power of these guys who can't see this little snot coming a mile away. My spider sense would be going crazy as soon as these two guys walked through the door unannounced. I'd be shaking both of them down for the hidden camera as soon as Juan William's name was uttered. Any man running around video taping people without their knowledge or permission should get their #$@ kicked regardless of political ideology. I hope this kid gets exactly what he deserves.

Posted by: TUCK117 | March 8, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm really starting to question the collective brain power of these guys who can't see this little snot coming a mile away. My spider sense would be going crazy as soon as these two guys walked through the door unannounced. I'd be shaking both of them down for the hidden camera as soon as Juan William's name was uttered. Any man running around video taping people without their knowledge or permission should get their #$@ kicked regardless of political ideology. I hope this kid gets exactly what he deserves.

Posted by: TUCK117 | March 8, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

dollmike wrote: "The willingness to collude in a dishonest method with disingenuous intent and hail it as a moral victory is one of the most disgusting traits of the American modern right.."
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Neither side has the high ground. "Dishonest method with disingenuous intent hailed as a moral victory" is exactly what the Wisconsin "Flee Party" Democratic senators have been up to for the past three weeks.

Posted by: Illini | March 8, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: dokbionic: It's a shame Ron Schiller had to lose his job over this garbage.
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It's a shame my tax dollars are continuing to support this boondoggle called National Public Radio. Why, in an age when there are more media outlets available than ever before, does this one continue to get special treatment when it is clearly promoting the East Coast, establishment, left wing agenda? O'Keefe simply exposed the truth about what a sham this organization is.

Posted by: Illini | March 8, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Mgmt needs to go and fresh minds placed in charge. Juan Williams was the only Black journalist at NPR. Mgmt called Juan Williams crazy. Juan has an easy wrongful termination case. He can probably also sue for slander. What if he is seeing a shrink? NPR mgmt had no business making that public knowledge. An all white news organization perhaps NPR really does need the money to pay off its civil rights violations

Posted by: ptrppr100 | March 8, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

NPR is completely biased and therefore should not receive any government funding. Let them raise their own funds and they can do and say what they please.

Posted by: johnfchick1 | March 8, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight, Schiller is being railroaded because he spoke the truth about conservative tea baggers? The nerve.

Posted by: dem4life1 | March 8, 2011 1:40 PM | Report abuse

So the little republican operative caught a former NPR executive telling the truth about the tea party. What's wrong with that? Of course the liars at Faux Noise and rest of the right-wing crowd will try to blow it up into something real, but we know it's all a game with them.

Posted by: bizecology | March 8, 2011 1:40 PM | Report abuse

When are we going to read that James O'Keefe was carried to an emergency room after somebody beat the natural crap out of him? It's long overdue and just a matter of time.

Posted by: ceefer66 | March 8, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like a threat. I hope he presses charges and has you arrested.

Posted by: johnfchick1 | March 8, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse

NLLRPAPR is a more accurate acronym.

(National "LIBERAL LEFTWING" Radio POSING as PUBLIC RADIO)

Posted by: chicago77 | March 8, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse


NPR has lost all credibility as an UNBIASED source of news and information.

I call on Congress to IMMEDIATELY stop spending my tax dollars on this LEFTIST PROPAGANDA.

Posted by: chicago77 | March 8, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse


Stop funding NPR NOW!

Posted by: chicago77 | March 8, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Schiller worked for NPR as a fundraiser but "just left" the organization.

Gimme a break!!!

The mgmt of NPR will throw anyone under the bus for exercising their right of free speech.

Posted by: ptrppr100 | March 8, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

jeffc6578... I know you think of yourself as a fair and intelligent person.

Assuming i'm correct in my assumption, could you please provide ONE Substantiated bit of evidence that your generalized view of Tea Partiers is accurate. JUST ONE!

We'll wait...

Posted by: Hazmat77 | March 8, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

jeffc6578
dem4life1
... I know you each think of yourself as a fair and intelligent person.

Assuming i'm correct in my assumption, could either of you please provide ONE substantiated bit of evidence that your generalized view of Tea Partiers is accurate. JUST ONE!

We'll wait...
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Posted by: Hazmat77 | March 8, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

The history of the person(s) behind this sting makes the whole event suspect. By and large, anyone can get trapped this way by trying to be somewhat friendly to strangers.

There is a message here: if you are in a high-profile position, never say anything off camera that you would not be willing to say on-camera. But then, editing has become so dishonest that it is almost best not to say anything to anyone.

Posted by: EarlC | March 8, 2011 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Odd that this O'Keefe guy came in pretending to be from a Muslim group. As if he hoped "NPRO Accepts Dirty Muslim Money" would have been his triumphant headline.

Instead, his fake check was rejected, and one guy said a couple of things that would offend only the most delicate of flowers.

O'Keefe, next time you should maybe try fighting organizations with facts, statistics, or well-reasoned arguments.

Posted by: jb1151 | March 8, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Coming up soon: James O'Keefe vs. Anonymous.

Posted by: Ialreadychoseapostid | March 8, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse


NPR proves over and over the BIAS and PREJUDICE institutionalized in it's LEFT-WING management.

NPR proves over and over it DOES NOT deserve taxpayer funding.

NPR is Leftist Liberal Inc.

Posted by: chicago77 | March 8, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

They're being at Cafe Milano makes it even more delicious..

Posted by: wewinyoulose1 | March 8, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse


TO: Congress

Shutdown the funding to NPR. It does not meet the standard of being fair and unbiased.

From recent comments, NPR is clearly a BIASED PARTISAN POLITICAL ORGANIZATION.

Posted by: chicago77 | March 8, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Defund and let's get it over with. If liberal Democrats want it they can pay for it and quit using taxpayer dollars.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | March 8, 2011 2:11 PM | Report abuse


NPR is shown to be outrageously partisan and hateful.

The American people must NOT be required to pay for this shill political organ of propaganda.

DEFUND NPR NOW!

Posted by: chicago77 | March 8, 2011 2:15 PM | Report abuse


NPR has the right their bias, hate and prejudice.


BUT NOT ON THE DIME of the American people!

Posted by: chicago77 | March 8, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jeffc6578....This is the best you can do?? Really????
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You're concentrating on the BIG ZIT on YOUR nose, and ignoring YOUR overall appearance. ;o)


Posted by: erodrik | March 8, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse


National Palestinian Radio

Their words NOT mine.

Posted by: chicago77 | March 8, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

NPR s**ks anyway.. defund and the let their liberals support them.

Posted by: redsky28 | March 8, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse


The NPR institutional bias, prejudice and Leftist political slant is NOT shared by the VAST Majority of the American people.

We should NOT be required to pay our tax dollars for it.

If they want to broadcast their leftist propaganda, let them and their listeners fund it!

STOP TAXPAYER MONEY GOING TO NPR!

Posted by: chicago77 | March 8, 2011 2:27 PM | Report abuse

thebloddletting:
"LOLOLOL...NPR gets caught acting the elitist yet again. Notice in one segment of the video where he states how liberals are better educated."

That isn't being elitist. That's a statistical fact.

"Stupid elitist liberals. Guess what? The overwhelming majority of the unwashed and uneducated masses does not WANT or need you."

That's cool. You can set up the country of Unwashedistan with an economy based on the phrase "ya want fries with that?"

Posted by: presto668 | March 8, 2011 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Extremely hard to get The Wash Post to avoid denial after constantly jumping into bed with any socialist coming down the pike. If one can embrace Pres Barack Obama and VP Al Gore after just a limited cursory review of their remarks or statements you're definitely a dyed-in-the-world communist or socialist. One only has to listen to NPR or view PBS to hear their affections for socialism, their disdain the taxpayers and their slanted views. "Never let the facts get in the way of the story" seems to be the watchword. Have to believe that 99.44% of their consumer base are bureaucrats, politicians, etc. from their opinion and writings. Shame on you Wash Post for supporting these parasites.

Posted by: individual | March 8, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse


NPR does NOT represent the American public!

Posted by: chicago77 | March 8, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

We won't take offense to these comments if you don't take offense to Reid calling the president a light skinned negro.. or Bill Clinton telling good ole Teddy that "a few years ago this boy would be getting us coffee" or we won't take offense to you electing Robert Bryd (KKK) to office and finally - we will not take offense to Obama calling his grandmother a typical white person.

Posted by: redsky28 | March 8, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Tea Party nuts are racists, everyone knows that. What's the news here?

In fact most Tea Party nuts are more un-American and more facist than libertarian. The tea party uses racial and ethnic division to gain advantage for rich tax evaders and corporations who want to pollute our country at will. If you listen to a Tea Partier rant long enough, they really make you want to vomit. Where we live, Tea Partiers are called "Dumb as a Bag of Rocks" which most of them are.

Posted by: hhkeller | March 8, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

chicago77:
"The NPR institutional bias, prejudice and Leftist political slant is NOT shared by the VAST Majority of the American people."

NPR has the the most balanced programming of any of the major outlets. Including "Fair and Balanced" Fox News.

Posted by: presto668 | March 8, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Bit like the "Muslim" hearings turned around, isn't it? While it is false that all terrorists are Muslim, or that all tea-partiers are racists, it is a general perception. Get over the false shock and come to terms with the situation in public perceptions. And, dear Tea Party, note that setting up a farcical sting by resorting to a fake meeting with what you obviously are implying is an evil "ethnic" group didn't exactly help the "we ain't racist" case, now did it?

Posted by: misterQ2 | March 8, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse


Political NPR Radio should NOT be funded by the taxpayers.

If they want a Leftist Network, let they foot the bill!

ABSOLUTELY ZERO - NO TAXPAYER MONEY
for a Leftist Partisan Network!

Posted by: chicago77 | March 8, 2011 2:38 PM | Report abuse

By far, the majority of democrats are high school dropout union workers, welfare recipients, prisoners and wasted ex-hippies.

Posted by: fury60 | March 8, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse


TO: Congress

In this time of huge budget deficits and with the National debt at over $14 Trillion Dollars, it is time to stop wasting hard earned taxpayer funds on the biased NPR.

NPR has been proven over and over to be skewed, one-sided, biased and not representative of the diverse variety of public thought.

Posted by: chicago77 | March 8, 2011 2:44 PM | Report abuse


NPR....GO FUND YOURSELF!

Posted by: chicago77 | March 8, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse

NPR will go the way of Air America without government funding.

Posted by: drowningpuppies | March 8, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

This guy is a pimp for the Republican Party providing smokescreens for Republican give-aways to corporations.

News item:
"House Republicans voted yesterday (March 1,2011) to protect corporate welfare for big oil companies while cutting to the bone programs average Americans depend on. While the U.S. House of Representatives was working on a stopgap funding bill to avert a government shutdown, House Democrats offered a motion that would have taken away tax subsidies from the five largest oil companies, saving tens of billions of taxpayer dollars. The motion was defeated with every Republican voting against it.

Two weeks ago a similar vote that would have saved $53 billion in taxpayer funds, taking it away from the biggest oil companies, was also defeated basically along party lines."

Posted by: apspa1 | March 8, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't come at a better time than during pledge week(snicker). Seriously. Consider the cut and paste below.
"PBS President Paula Kerger earned $632,233, NPR former President Kevin Klose $1.2 million, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting CEO Patricia de Stacy Harrison earned $298,884, plus $70,630 in additional compensation."

Is there an earthly reason that a quasi public organization that continually begs money from the 30K/year unwashed and lobbies for more Federal largess while compensating top management in excess of the President of the United States?

Posted by: slim21 | March 8, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

LOL...I loved Schiller's comments, right on...

I hate to see a ruse taken seriously, but since Acorn and Planned Parenthood had repercussions and now NPR, I hope Walker will be prosecuted for his ethics violations in that telephone call.

The left can play the game as well as the right....I hate to stoop to their unethical behavior, but it may take fighting fire with fire to get this ship back on course....

Posted by: jfristriut | March 8, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

If I were Mr. O'Keefe and I planned to continue this kind of activity, I'd seriously consider hitting the weight room. From the looks of things, he probably got his butt kicked a lot when he was a kid. No wonder he's such an angry tool.

Posted by: Mountaineer87 | March 8, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse


"Post Politics" lacks a seriousness of purpose.

This article takes inconsequential subject matter and gins it up ("sting"? do you know what this word means?) to attract readers. What's the fundamental difference between this and the garbage in American tabloids? Just the subject matter?

Posted by: brickerd | March 8, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

The people who cheer O'Keefe on are ill. All viewpoints are acceptable. What makes O'Keefe's cheerleaders ill is not their viewpoints. Conservative, liberal, and other variants are respectable viewpoints. Rather it is that his cheerleaders will accept any level of distortion, punking, and lying to smear their political opponents. They have no scruples. How can the republic survive when "average" citizens cannot respect each other? How can we hope to respect each other as fellow citizens when we trade scruples and morality for debating points? It is hard to imagine political campaigns without such bottom feeding. But the more "average" citizens follow the campaign slimeballs into the swamp, the more we raise the razor to the throat of the republic. Continuing on O'Keefe's path will not end well except for people seeking tyranny or civil war.

Posted by: papio | March 8, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

This video, and many comments on this forum, clearly proves the premise that you can't trust liberals with YOUR money.

First ACORN then Planned Parenthood now NPR have all been shown to be no less than a front for a Democratic slush fund. They receive many millions of YOUR tax dollars only to turn that money into campaign cash for Obama and his cohorts. This is a national disgrace.

The worst part of this is that liberals still want to fund these corrupt organisations with YOUR money. Obama wants to increase it (I wonder if the 2012 election is on his mind). It is this attitude that keeps the country in recession when almost everyone else has recovered.

Calling O'Keefe names does not solve the problem. This guy knew he had been caught out in his outrageous behaviour and comments and he left. Good for NPR they fire Juan Williams for nothing but allow this guy to resign during this scandal.

The sooner tax dollars are used to benefit the entire country, and are not funneled to democratic slush funds, the sooner the recovery will start.

BTW to those suggesting O'Keefe edited this video, read the entire article. He has posted the full 2 hours of video on his website under the title "judge for yourself". Instead of instantly succumbing to your bias and name calling, go to his site and "judge for yourself".

Posted by: mckenna7 | March 8, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to continue with the name-calling, but someone needs to take that camera away from that snotnosed-brat and smash it to bits.

Posted by: jgmann | March 8, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Schiller must have felt that he did SOMETHING wrong, since he's abruptly leaving NPR.

NPR needs to clean up its act if it wants taxpayer funds.

I love NPR, but they should leave politics out of their executive decision making process.

I honestly believe that most of their programming makes an attempt at being unbiased, but it's difficult to hire only liberals and keep bias out of your reporting.

Posted by: postfan1 | March 8, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

It certainly makes me happy to see James O'Keefe continuing to be a professional bum just like every reality television star out there. As far as the former NPR guy is concerned, I could care less. It's his opinion. And last time I checked, free speech wasn't against the law, as Mr. O'Keefe and many tea party activists would like to believe.

Posted by: cags777 | March 8, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

NPR, move out of your parents basement and support yourself.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | March 8, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

The O'Keefe clan must have been Viking collaborators in the Battle of Dublin.

Posted by: Whittier5 | March 8, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

see this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzH0p1gdmj0

Posted by: harbinger317 | March 8, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Isn't trying to pass a bad check a criminal offense? O'Keefe is a convicted criminal and should be investigated for trying to pass off bad checks.

Posted by: fishman2 | March 8, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

http://www.ehow.com/facts_7621226_false-pretense-mean.html
O'Keefe broke ANOTHER law.

Posted by: fishman2 | March 8, 2011 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Teabaggers ARE violent terrorists!
TEABAGGERS ARE VIOLENT TERRORISTS!
More proof to support my point.
http://www.krtv.com/news/ravndal-responds-to-big-sky-tea-party-controversy/

Not all teabaggers are racist, but all racists are teabagges.

Posted by: fishman2 | March 8, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

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Hey Democrats,

When one of the fake Islamists says his organization was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood, Schiller — far from being disturbed at the mention of an organization dedicated to "civilizational jihad" and to which Osama bin Laden once belonged — responds that "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 response to the assertion that "Jews do kind of control the media" in America, and the prospect of "a little bit less Jew influence of money into NPR," Schiller maintains that he doesn't find "Zionist or pro-Israel" thinking at NPR and agrees regarding Jewish influence that "it's there in those who own newspapers, obviously, but no one owns NPR."

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Posted by: kstobbe1 | March 8, 2011 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Look no further than Obama and Holder. Pure racism and hate at its vilest.

Posted by: TofuLowersSpermCount | March 8, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

The president of NPR needs to be lynched

Posted by: HelenWallace | March 8, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

strange no one has compared this to the prank phone call in WI,, what was the small government republican answer,, oh yeah make prank phone calls illegal , i guess its ok to do something like this though...

Posted by: ccnhub | March 8, 2011 8:00 PM | Report abuse

http://www.ckfraud.org/penalties.html
O'Keefe committed another crime by trying to pass a bad check.

Posted by: fishman2 | March 8, 2011 8:05 PM | Report abuse

This reminds me of the prank phone call to Wisconsin Governor Walker..... those tricksters!

Posted by: 4Redskins | March 8, 2011 8:28 PM | Report abuse

NPR and PBS would be better off without federal dollars. Those of us who make contributions will pick up the slack; we'll have quality programming and the teabaggers can still watch Jerry Springer. See? Everybody will be happy!

Posted by: 82ndairborne | March 8, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse

It probably doesn't matter to WaPo or the folks who have it in for NPR, but NPR and the NPR Foundation are different entities. NPR was founded in 1970; NPR Foundation in 1992. They are distinct nonprofit organizations, though NPR Foundation is described as an "affiliate" of NPR. I don't know if NPR Foundation itself receives any govt funding.

And my point is that O'Keefe's video isn't really a sting of NPR, because he didn't actually talk to anyone from NPR. Getting a fundraiser to say the Tea Party is racist isn't quite the same as getting the head of NPR to say something liberal.

Posted by: jb1151 | March 8, 2011 8:53 PM | Report abuse

BOOOORING!

Posted by: nbcmarine | March 8, 2011 9:43 PM | Report abuse

It is no crime to tell the truth, no matter how painful or outrageous it sounds to others. Bravo Mr. Schiller!
See for yourself what the tea-baggers are all about:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S38VioxnBaI

Posted by: ppsikogios | March 8, 2011 10:49 PM | Report abuse

How is this r*tbast*rd O'Keefe not in a federal prison? Anyone not connected to the repulsive rightwingers -- like Andrew Breitbart -- would still be doing time for the stupidity O'Queef pulled in Louisiana. I wish he could've somehow found his way into state custody and Parchman.

Posted by: cdmomega | March 9, 2011 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Well, look at all the liberal elitists who know so much better than every other American that doesn't see their point of view, jump to trash the person who exposed the thinking that goes on at NPR, and then to continue their raw hatred of conservatives. You "claim" to be soooo much smarter than the rest of the country, and yet, you're snagged in your illicit, nefarious, thug ways every. single. time.

Elitist liberals who think they are so much better educated than others (cause you have to be all for big gub'mint running your lives) are so zealously stupid. I love watching you little rat-turds imploding! It is SUCH GOOD FUN!

Next up? Ooooo....can't WAIT to see who or what's going to be next. Go ahead you gibbering idiots, claim how much better you are than those who don't agree to your politics, whilst the shining light of truth exposes your stupidity. Go right ahead. It's actually better than watching the Super Bowl, or for you liberals out there, the Dog Show!

Posted by: thebloddletting | March 9, 2011 1:25 AM | Report abuse

Amazing how many Michael Moore fans in this forum have apparently formed a new found aversion to agitprop hit pieces...

or, at least, this one.

Posted by: jd5024 | March 9, 2011 1:58 AM | Report abuse

OK, so the elites represent a tiny percentage of people in the country - ergo, NPR does not represent the public. So it should be defunded from the government and renamed NER. That seems so obvious.

We truly educated know that objectivity is impossible, except on uncontroversial matters like the fact that, for instance, oceans separate N & S America from Eurasia.

It is absoultely impossible that NPR or any media source or any person can be "objective" regarding matters of value.

As a centrist, I can assure the NPR lovers that she is definately biased left. NPR is a vanity/flattery echo chamber for the left. After food, shelter and security, what matters most to any human is flattery. Why is it so hard for NPR lovers to say "I am biased left, and love to hear my thoughts echoed to me over the radio and television" ? At least with conservative talk radio, there is no effort made to conceal their agenda.

I think it would be wise for the elitists to remember that all the creature comforts they enjoy are made by the simple people they pillory. What hypocrisy! And the NPR over-focus on the plight of the poor brings us, for instance, lots of human interst stories on the slum-dwellers of Mumbai, with no attention at all to the fact the PM Singhs economic liberalization policies are lifting India out of super-poverty, and creating a middle class larger than that of the USA. And why no attention on how the socialist and communist parties of India are holding back prosperity there?

NPR lovers - put down your bongs and look around - read some papers from other nations - try to figure out the larger game, try a little abstraction once in a while. Micro-credit has turned out to be a bit of a joke. Macro credit is what is solving the problem of poverty.

Posted by: rhsuperfly | March 9, 2011 3:35 AM | Report abuse

The Post is being smoke screened. Scott is going to back down a notch and the Dems declare victory. The real Bill will be passed allowing Scott to sell or rent WI public infrastructure to his donors with no bid, no oversight contracts.

This is the new scam, loot public American infrastructure and rent it back to those that paid to build it.

You know those restrictive credit card clauses that do not allow merchants to charge less for cash? They put the same type of restrictions in long term infrastructure agreements to prevent improvements that would compete. Wall Street never sleeps.

Posted by: Beacon2 | March 9, 2011 4:02 AM | Report abuse


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Posted by: lindahudson555 | March 9, 2011 4:25 AM | Report abuse

"In the heavily edited tape,"

Oh.

Gee, James O'Keefe is KNOWN to have previously "heavily edited" tapes to create a completely false impression.

More than once.

The question is: why would the "LIBERAL MEDIA" take a "heavily edited" tape from James O'Keefe at face value?

Demand to see the WHOLE RECORDING, or you should resign as journalists.

Posted by: ignatzz | March 9, 2011 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Schiller's words are edited and paraphrased beyond his intentions in this carefully manipulated piece of yellow journalism. When Schiller expresses personal opinions, he admits to it. His views are certainly not any more outrageous than those expressed nightly on Faux News. At least he speaks truth, and when he expresses an opinion, he doesn't try to dress it up as truth. The Washington Post should not be adding to the slant by suggesting that NPR appears like a "conservative nightmare." Rather, WP should be exposing this as yet another tabloid-style piece of psuedo-journalism by a group that specializes in manipulating public perception. www.killingmother.blogspot.com.

Posted by: killingMother | March 8, 2011 11:16 AM | Report abuse

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Yep. It was "carefully edited" just like the Acorn worker's explaining how to get funding by phrasing an application in a certain way to hide underage prostitution; and the Planned Parenthood worker doing the same thing.

And this guy was just expressing a personal opinion - while Williams was not expressing his personal feelings.

Yep, got it.

Posted by: LMW6 | March 9, 2011 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Why are the Tea Baggers not screaming 'Freedom of Speech'? Because it's their double standard: It applies them only. LOL.

Posted by: petesnydero | March 9, 2011 10:30 AM | Report abuse

ALL YOU PEOPLE-that try to "compare" NPR vs. FOX, are "missing the boat" entirely. NPR is FUNDED with OUR tax dollars. FOX is NOT. As a taxpayer of the USA, I do not appreciate "a public NPR servent", who I help provide a job,with my taxes,(10% is 10%) (and this NPR guy gives us nothing back, except a very liberal and totally biased opinion; I as a taxpayer, along with millions of taxpayers here in the USA, can and will demand that our dollars, not "fund" a radio station, that is so biased, against the very people that provides them a job. As a person/reporter in radio/media,-if you cannot voice or hear, "both sides to every story", then you do not have a place in radio or any other media for that matter.Its called BIAS. Obviously this Mr. Schiller, has his own opinions,as we all do, but to sprew "anti-anyone" in a "public setting", is paramount to losing your job, because "you can't handle it,-you are too BIASED".

Posted by: stormpost | March 9, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

O'Keefe is a little weasel who deserves to have the C*** beat out of him.

Posted by: easysoul | March 9, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Melissa, how can you say that the video's opening line -- that NPR gets $90 million from the government -- is "factually incorrect" when that is precisely the figure that Ron Schiller quotes to these sham donors?

Here's Schiller, at about 5:27 of your own video here on your own blog post: "Very little of our funding comes from the government, but they [Republicans] act as though all of it comes from the government. It’s about 10 percent of the total station economy. The total station economy is about 800 million dollars a year, and about 90 million comes from the federal government."

So who's factually incorrect here? Schiller or you? Or can we all agree that NPR funding is essentially a shell game?

You've skewered O'Keefe for his "creative editing," but it looks to me as if, in your rush to find some mistake -- any mistake -- you've done a bit of creative reporting yourself.

Posted by: JustAsking7 | March 9, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Nothing here compromises Schiller, Liley, or NPR. Whatever he says, he's speaking confidentially, without any knowledge that he's being taped. In fact, under the laws of many states (Maryland included), O'Keefe is committing a felony by recording Shiller's and Liley's words without their knowledge. And anyway, what they say is by and large true. Intellectuals tend to be more liberal. NPR is more cerebral than any other radio station. What's wrong with that? Would this be a better country if all we had were the likes of Beck, O'Reilly, Limbaugh and Palin? The thought nauseates me.

Please, keep NPR and flush the rest.

Posted by: gnomek2 | March 9, 2011 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Creative reporting is right. For openers, Schiller hadn't left NPR, but had given notice that he planned to leave in May. After the video came out, he left immediately. And he had to turn down his new job as well.

Whatever happened to Lilley, the woman with Schiller? She was as much a butt kisser as he was. When the "Muslims" talked about Jewish control of the press, she assured them that "Zionist influence" didn't exist at NPR, and Schiller adds that it's "obviously" in the press.

Schiller and Lilley put down so many people besides the Republicans and Tea Partyers such as Evangelicals, and non-intellectuals (that is non-liberals), I wonder why the press has just focused on the Conservatives.

Posted by: Beatrix1 | March 9, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

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