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Posted at 5:05 PM ET, 03/ 9/2011

James O'Keefe's group also talked with PBS

By Melissa Bell


The fictional group Muslim Education Action Center Trust, which duped Ron Schiller of NPR into talking candidly about his views on the tea party, also met with an executive at PBS.

PBS spokeswoman Anne Bentley confirmed Wednesday that, like NPR, the public television station was contacted by fake donors, but after the group's credentials could not be confirmed, PBS did not follow up with the group.

"PBS got the same offer and turned it down," NPR Ombudsman Lisa Shepard told Post readers in an online discussion Wednesday morning.

Bentley told the New York Times that PBS's senior vice president for development, Brian Reddington, attended a lunch with the fake donors, but she did not know if any video had been filmed.

Tuesday video of Ron Schiller was released by conservative activist James O'Keefe. It led to Schiller's dismissal from NPR, as well as the resignation of NPR CEO Vivian Schiller (the two share no relation).

By Melissa Bell  | March 9, 2011; 5:05 PM ET
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npr and pbs

twin sons of different mothers

keep big bird




defund npr and pbs

not one dime for bigotry bias and hate speech

Posted by: ProCounsel | March 9, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

NPR's CEO should not have been ousted - she wasn't in the room when the video scam was taking place and Ron Schiller, who had already resigned from NPR, was a fundraiser & not an NPR journalist or blogger, so didn't reflect NPR viewpoint. NPR should not be defunded.

Anyhow, Schiller's statement that Tea Party is "older, white, middle-America, gun-toting and very racist" is not "hate speech" can be substantiated:

• The Tea Party is home to the "Birther" know, the people who refuse to accept the legitimacy of Hawaii-born US President Hussein Obama & insist the first black president is born in Kenya, hence "not like us" (white Americans)

• At Tea Party rallies, posters represented Obama as an African witch doctor in a grass skirt with bone through nose, as a "niggar" in a noose, a black "thug", a chimpanzee and slogans like "Obama is a Half Breed Muslim". "Obama Undocumented Worker", "Obama-Jihad 08", "Oppressive Bloodsucking Arrogant Muslim Alien"

• Tea Party leaders across USA have links to racist groups like KKK & CofCC

• Tea Party Nation founder, Judson Phillips, has called for the removal of Democratic Rep Keith Ellison because the Tea Party wants a "Muslim-free Congress"...and the Tea Party went nuts with rage when a Muslim-American woman won the Miss USA pageant.

• Elie Wiesel called out the Tea Party's anti-Semitism and Holocaust comparisons, saying "This kind of political hatred is indecent and disgusting"

• New York Times poll defined Tea Party Demographics as "mostly white, male, married, and older than 45"

• Tea Party members believe every American should be armed and if necessary use guns to defend themselves from govt

• Tea Party pols like Sarah Palin, Sharron Angle, Michelle Bachmann & Steve King use gun rhetoric & imagery to motivate voters against Democrats - - "use our 2nd Amendment rights" "load & reload" "I want you all armed" "crosshairs"

• Many Tea Party activists came to anti-health care reform rallies "toting guns"

• NRA & Gun Owners of America backed/donated to Tea Party candidates in 2010 & Tea Party candidates, like Rand Paul, promised to fight all gun control laws

Posted by: TruthFairy | March 9, 2011 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Tell the truth and get fired.

What a concept.

Posted by: TerryWard | March 9, 2011 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Looks like video killed the radio star. It was bound to happen; hubris stumbles over its own feet eventually. A post on the ruckus at

Posted by: granitesentry | March 9, 2011 10:45 PM | Report abuse

"Tell the truth and get fired. '

No, show an extreme political bias and get fired. And a publicly funded network that is imbued with that bias will lose funding and respect. And should.

Posted by: JPMcC | March 9, 2011 11:55 PM | Report abuse


NPR always do their right duty. For that all politician always depend on their broadcast.

So I wish NPR's success. And also I want they publish real news against violence.

Posted by: webcontent2011 | March 10, 2011 7:04 AM | Report abuse

"NPR's CEO should not have been ousted - she wasn't in the room when the video scam was taking place and Ron Schiller, who had already resigned from NPR, was a fundraiser & not an NPR journalist or blogger, so didn't reflect NPR viewpoint. "

As a senior NPR executive, of course he did. And of course she was responsible for allowing this debacle to happen.

If any section of a corporate team has to preach the party line? It's the fundraisers. If anyone is responsible for *ensuring* the team preaches the party-line? It's the CEO.

Second why was this doof even in a meeting with this group if he wouldn't take their money afterwards? This really takes the cake for stupidity.

The board did the smart thing. I would have done the same thing. The board is probably going through some internal turmoil over allowing her to remain as CEO for even *this* long. There simply is no excuse for this to happen to a news organization.

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | March 10, 2011 8:55 AM | Report abuse

"Anyhow, Schiller's statement that Tea Party is "older, white, middle-America, gun-toting and very racist" is not "hate speech" can be substantiated:"

Um, even if it is true, and I certainly agree that it is, that doesn't mean that it isn't "hate-speech".

In any case it most definitely was a big ol' chomp on the hand that feeds them. And spectacularly stupid for them to even agree to meet with a Muslim group that said that it was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood.

A simple Google search shows:
(even just a wiki search)

Muslim Brotherhood
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For The Chinese Islamist organization known as the Muslim Brotherhood, see Yihewani.
The Brotherhood
الإخوان المسلمون
Al-Ikhwān Al-Muslimūn
Party logo
Leader Mohammed Badie
Founded 1928
Ismailia, Egypt
Ideology Islamism,
Islamic democracy,

The Society of the Muslim Brothers (often simply الإخوان Al-Ikhwān, The Brotherhood or MB) is an Islamic transnational movement and the largest political opposition organization in many Arab states. The group is the world's oldest and largest Islamic political group,[1] and the "world's most influential Islamist movement".[2] The Brotherhood has as its slogan "Islam is the solution".[3] It was founded in 1928 in Egypt by the Islamic scholar and schoolteacher Hassan al-Banna. Several sources say that Al-Banna was a devout admirer of Adolph Hitler, wrote to him frequently and in the 1930s he and the Muslim Brotherhood became a secret arm of Nazi intelligence.[4][5][6][7] The Muslim Brotherhood are said to have even created a Muslim version of Nazi anti-Semitism, translating Mein Kampf into Arabic as "My Jihad", which later became a bestseller in the Palestinian Territories in a different translation.[8][9]

Come on, it took me 30 seconds to find out that I wouldn't have touched this organization with a 100 foot pole.

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | March 10, 2011 8:59 AM | Report abuse

The bottom-line is that in this day and age you cannot allow your staff to go on meetings with groups that are so politically-incorrect to your major fundraisers and listeners.

It really is not about what he said to them. It's about the fact that he met this group in the first place. The rest is, sadly, par for the course.

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | March 10, 2011 9:06 AM | Report abuse

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