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Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 03/ 9/2011

NPR executive caught on camera -- doing what, exactly?

By Stephen Stromberg

Conservative trickster James O'Keefe apparently has Ron Schiller, National Public Radio's chief fundraiser, on tape calling Tea Partyers racist and nodding politely while his lunch companions decry Jewish control of the media. NPR's CEO resigned Wednesday over the scandal.

But what, exactly, does this say about NPR's journalism?

The NPR executive isn't a reporter, commentator, producer or editor. I'd hardly like my work to be judged based on the off-the-record, lunch-time commentary of a Post business executive uninvolved in its production.

And, yet, the fund-raiser does sell NPR's journalism, and, in the process, he makes its work a player in this scandal. He insinuates that those with whom he's meeting -- two men who claim to be associated with a Muslim Brotherhood front group and who say they might want to give NPR $5 million -- will find satisfaction in the network's coverage, which he terms "fair." What does he mean? Does this reflect some covert biases he might know about at NPR, or just a fund-raiser's toadyish attempt to pull in $5 million? A bit of both?

That's the problem with this Sasha Baron Cohen-style, hidden camera gotcha "journalism" that O'Keefe and others conduct. One player in the act is purposefully outrageous. The other's response -- or lack thereof -- can seem pretty damning. The crazier the circumstances, the more an inadequately disapproving response seems telling, as we saw with the recent prank phone call to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R).

I'm always left wondering just how much those folks on tape are behaving sincerely, and how much they are trying to be polite, to muddle through in unusual circumstances. Or, in this case, how much this NPR fund-raiser is simply trying to raise some money, no matter what he needs to nod at. This NPR executive really seems to dislike the Tea Party, gratuitously detailing his wild-eyed disdain for its members. But is he just exaggerating for his audience? And does he buy into the Zionist media conspiracy stuff?

These Borat-esque traps don't necessarily reveal the true values of those on tape or the organizations they represent. But they do throw a bunch of extreme statements up into the air and allow whoever's watching to interpret their trajectories -- all too often according to the viewer's political preferences. Instead of clarifying attitudes, they usually become more fuel for ideological spinners.

So, yes, O'Keefe's latest video is outrageous. But I'm still not quite sure what I'm reacting to -- the notion that an unseemly fund-raiser is clumsily catering to these clowns or the chance that he might actually agree with anything they're saying.

By Stephen Stromberg  | March 9, 2011; 12:49 PM ET
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We no longer have the freedom in America to tell the truth about the fascist Tea Party.

I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK!

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | March 9, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

This guy spews pure hate and untruths but that is okay. Someone points out the facts about the left and it is hate speech, bigotry, racism. Just amazing the level of hypocricy with the left.

Posted by: Pilot1 | March 9, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

"NPR executive caught on camera -- doing what, exactly?"

Talking like the typical lib elitist that he and most of the others at NPR are. What is so bad though is that the people he calls uneducated are FORCED to support NPR.

Posted by: g30rg3544 | March 9, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse


The left winger one worlders all idolized
Michael Moore for his gotcha propaganda. Now the shoe is on the other foot and cries of unfair are heard all over.

NPR takes funding from the government that's why these elitist jerks get in hot water when they screw up with the politically correct dogma they have helped force on the U S public. It's about time they are turned out for being the two faced hypocrites they are.

It couldn't happen to a more deserving mob.

Posted by: jstratt2 | March 9, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

1) Regarding the statement on the Tea Party: What he said reflected his personal opinion in a private conversation. Perhaps he should have been more subdued, but no huge crime here.

2) Regarding his statements on Jews and Media: He didn't actually say anything. This is a set-up. We are accusing him of being an anti-Semite because he nodded? Was he supposed to throw water in their faces? They were also discussing media institutions biased towards Israel - this is a political discussion that Arabs have everyday. This is the problem - you can't mention Israeli bias in the news without being called an anti-semite. Jewish people themselves are accused of being anti-Jewish if they mention it.

3) Regarding his statement about federal funding of NPR. Again - private opinion in a private conversation. If that's what he believes, than the truth will set him free. But is this a major crime?

Posted by: tk7slam | March 9, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I love it! Any employee who makes Hateful,
Bigoted comments like this employee at NPR did - SHOULD be removed from the job.
This is the epitome of unprofessionalism,
and taxpayers don't need to fund this garbage!
As for Michael Moore, the ultra-rich fat-cat who's made more money off of iberals....hahaha. He's probably making a new movie on unions and that's probably why he went to Wisconsin (free pictures, no actors salaries required)
Laughing ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK, while the liberals line up and Pay to see his movies.

Posted by: ohioan | March 9, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

"The left winger one worlders all idolized
Michael Moore for his gotcha propaganda. Now the shoe is on the other foot and cries of unfair are heard all over.

NPR takes funding from the government that's why these elitist jerks get in hot water when they screw up with the politically correct dogma they have helped force on the U S public. It's about time they are turned out for being the two faced hypocrites they are.

It couldn't happen to a more deserving mob."

Well said.

Posted by: linguist64 | March 9, 2011 1:20 PM | Report abuse

This is what the left does. They attack anyone that apposes them. Tea party racists? Please, the Tea party is about smaller government, and fiscal responsibility, thats it nothing else. The left makes a living out of demonizing anyone that doesn't agree with them. Look how they treat woman candidates running against a Democrat, calling them everything from stupid to religious nut cases, and anyone that votes for them would have to be a racist or cult member. It is shameful. Anyone that plays the race card is hiding their own racism. People that are not racists don't even think about it to bring it up in the 1st place.

Posted by: TBOregon | March 9, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

"NPR executive caught on camera -- doing what, exactly?"

Telling the truth...

Posted by: CardFan | March 9, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Stromberg would be just as understanding if Roger Ailes, president of Fox News, was in a similar situation where bigoted, anti-Semetic comments were made and he voiced agreement with those views. I'm guessing that story would be a little more important to Stromberg and the Washington Post.

The point you seem to be missing here is no one cares WHO at NPR made these comments - about "uneducated, racist" Americans and "Zionist (i.e, Jewish) control of the media" - the federal government (via our tax money) SHOULD NOT BE FUNDING IT.

Let NPR sink or swim on its own. The government needs to get out of the broadcasting business PERIOD.

Posted by: TomPaine76 | March 9, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Since when can't we criticize Jews?

It's ZIONISM that's causing anti-semitism in the world. That, and that racist, apartheid country they founded called Israel.

This radical element inside Judaism is NOT Jewish. But you can bet when the zionists misbehave, it's regular Jews around the world that have to pay for it.

Our own government has been under zionist control ever since Reagan. Our media too. So while the zionists have you looking for a Muslim behind every tree, they're unfolding their own agenda right here at home.

This sting has their stink all over it.


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Posted by: xexon | March 9, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse


Funny, everybody is acting as though Schiller said something incorrect.
People who adhere to Conservative ideology are not only idiots, they're traitors as well.
Hopefully somebody will get to O'Queef one day and justice will be done.

BTW....Why aren't he and Stan Dai in jail for breaking into a Senator's office? Oh, that's right, they don't want to wear dresses for the next film.

Thanx for spotlighting some REAL Americans for us, James. I didn't know NPR's upper office was that cool. :)

Posted by: captainkona | March 9, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Is it hate speech when a person is speaking the facts and the truth ? No it is not .Can't speak your opinion or the truth in this country , not if you work for NPR or the MSM , of course that's not a problem for those working for Fox Propaganda , they are not interested in the truth or in facts anyway .The right wing / Republican party have been out to shut down NPR for a long time , NPR is not leftist , more straight reporting than any other , they are not afraid to discuss and show what the Corporate owned MSM will not touch . The Republican party / right wing is afraid of and they hate anything and anyone that they cannot own and control , NPR being one example , Unions and union members for another , it's that simple . If a person , group or organization speaks the truth and the facts they are leftists according to the Republican party and the right wing , you see truth and facts are a threat to the right wing / Republican party , truth and facts are their enemy ... which is why they lie so much , they have to in order to survive .

Posted by: Koom | March 9, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

If all the lefty supporters of NPR posting on here think "Zionists control the media" and Americans are "uneducated and racist" are truthful statements, fine. Support NPR with your own money - keep my tax dollars away from your ignorance.

Posted by: TomPaine76 | March 9, 2011 1:34 PM | Report abuse

My thoughts exactly! What he said was not bad at all, in fact what he said (not what he didn't say) is not that far removed from the truth. Members of the Tea-Party / Repub party have said many racist things, its a matter of fact.
I am pretty sure that in his position, dealing with donors, he needs to be polite he cannot disagree with his customers (its his job). Also, he refused to accept the money.
He did nothing wrong. There is no valid reason this has become such a big deal. Its just media frenzy feeding mindless Americans into a furor. Take a step back and look at the facts... he did nothing wrong.

Posted by: purpletatoe1 | March 9, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

If you want a real journalistic piece about the intersection between the Tea Party and obsessed Billionaire power brokers David and Charles Kock, check out this New Yorker piece from last summer. Fred Koch, their father, founder of the John Birch society handed the boys a $300,000,000 monkey wrench to jam into the wheels of democracy. The tea partiers, brain-dead emotional, unlettered buffoons are the fodder Koch are using to transform our great country into a New Gilded Age:
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer

Posted by: goyo1588 | March 9, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Call the police, stop the presses! Somebody actually spoke the truth about the tea baggers. Such a shame she gave up her job in spite of her honesty.

Posted by: jeffersontao | March 9, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Hey right wingers / Republicans , how about eliminating government funding and tax subsidies for NASCAR and for NASCAR track owners ! The Republicans don't like that idea , two bit hypocrites .The government should not be in the car racing business !

Posted by: Koom | March 9, 2011 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Schiller-man's words and context are demonstrably hateful. There is no other cogent appraisal. Yet the little Stromberg kid's article is littered with weak semantic obfuscations.

S.Stromberg's callow writing used to be a source of amusement, but these days, he's morphed from callow and shallow to rotten.

Posted by: ruralamericans | March 9, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I know it's hard to believe BUT what the gentleman said is fairly accurate in describing a typical teabagger. The profile is no different than one may use to describe, for example, a muslim or a gang member. That's how it works so what's the big deal? Congress wants to hold hearings on muslims using that very same criteria and no one is resigning over that one. Let's get real about this and call it for what it is.

Posted by: inewsmaster | March 9, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I thought the Juan Williams bit established that Republicans think its OK for NPR employees to hold partisan opinions and share them even in public.

I guess that just doesn't apply when the shoe is on the other foot. Typical.

Posted by: corkryn | March 9, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm not clear on Strombergs point, here. Actually, I think that's his fault. If he is trying to say that media executives and their comments, statements or behavior cannot be construed as a reflection on the impartiality or fairness of their subordinate reporters, that may be true. But only insofar as saying that an executives bias is not a personal reflection of the reporter. What it does tell us is that the product of the subordinate reporters may be filtered, edited, directed and produced to suit the bias of the boss. President Obama has not brought any conservative thinkers or advisers on in his administration. Bush had no "progressive" (such a stupid label) thinkers on his staff. It is natural that the bias or political bent of the upper echelons will influence, directly or indirectly, the output of the workers. Sloppy bosses do not make good QC inspectors. As far as O'Keefe is concerned, I think he is doing the country a service. I expect he feels the same way and I will heartily agree. To be fair, though, he could also catch some high level GOP staffer or politician in a Nixonian "Screw the little people" moment in order to shine the spotlight on the real enemies of social and political conservatives. Politicians and power players are, for the most part, interested only in serving themselves. If this were not true, our federal and state governments would not be so bloated. Individual entitlements would be more commensurate with individual responsibility. We would have better and more transparent accountability from our representatives and in our budgets. And we'd all be better off.

Posted by: tdavis11 | March 9, 2011 1:46 PM | Report abuse

The problem is it does not matter what said in these videos, or how vile, racist, or derogatory their comments are some people still defend them! When I see a news or opinion pieces written that defends this kind of crap, I believe the author of that article MUST agree and have the same degrading views!

Posted by: donniewv | March 9, 2011 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Apparently you do have the freedom to express your opinion thomasmc1957. Though my guess is that you don’t represent a news / media outlet that receives federal funding (i.e. tax dollars).
BTW, it’s not in your country – it’s ours, collectively.

Stephen, since it’s not obvious enough to you, what this type of taped and candid conversation reveals are the all-too-common self-appointed intellectuals who sincerely believe they know what’s best for Americans (particularly “middle-America”). No “ideological spin” is necessary because the attitudes are clearly stated. The question is whether it is systemic at NPR.
It’s possible you’re unsure how to react because you’re (naturally) morally conflicted.

Posted by: Mid_American | March 9, 2011 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Those carrying racist signs at Tea Party rallies were not policed by the rally organizers.

Posted by: stillAfan1 | March 9, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

At first glance, O'Keefe's video appears to be about the troubling, intolerant comments. One has to ask, why would Ron Schiller, an NPR Executive, be pandering to a group from the Muslim Brotherhood, even for $5 million. This type of meeting would smell bad and look worst. Perhaps this is why NPR CEO Vivian Schiller also resigned as this type of attitude would reflect on her staffing strategy and give truth to the expression "fish rot from the head."

Posted by: Dr_Obvious | March 9, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Everyone left of Glenn Beck thinks the Tea Party is rascist. Hardly a scandal that this guy said that in private. And apparently, it's not good enough that you don't say that Jews control the media. You have to correct people who do say it, even when it's your job to get them to contribute funds to your organaization. This is another one of those "scandals" consisting mainly of faux outgrage on Faux News.

Posted by: skrut003 | March 9, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Schiller's comments and behavior were appalling on several levels. He displayed disdain for the majority of Americans he described as "uneducated," i.e., those who don't agree with him and fellow liberals. His NPR companion chuckled when the faux Muslims referred to NPR as National Palestinian Radio. Why didn't Schiller object? Both NPR reps were comfortable with remarks about "Zionist influence" in the media. This demonstrates that they need some sensitivity training that goes beyond combating Islamophobia and the Christian right, two staples of NPR coverage.

Posted by: rwe123 | March 9, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

The liberals are a bunch of bigots.

Posted by: farmsnorton | March 9, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

> We no longer have the freedom in America
> to tell the truth about the fascist Tea
> Party.


What truth? If not wanting the Democrat party to ask me for more of my money so they can give it to a bunch of cry baby union workers because they just so happen to be political donors, then yes, we're fascists! We're fascists that are tired of paying for your life style. We're fascists that are tired of paying for you! You have no "rights" to our money!

Learn how to earn your own money pal and keep your stinky liberal nose out of my wallet! Be a man and pay your own way like everyone else!

Schiller quit because he's a bigot, a liar, a terrorist sympathizer and an overall typical liberal snob who's organization needs government funding because very few sponsors will pay for this garbage soviet news!

Posted by: emmitfitzhume | March 9, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Nobody at NPR should have resigned. On the contrary, they should stand up to the Tea Party's bullying tactics. Stand up for 1st amendment rights to each of us having our own opinion. Nodding politely as an undercover "journalist" spews anti-Semitic rants is not doing anything wrong; it is allowing another to enjoy their free speech. In what way is it even remotely wrong?
As for the posters above who are decrying the "elitists"....if being educated is "elite" then I am elite and proudly so. "Elite" is not wrong. It is desirable. Perhaps if those putting down the "elitists" would go open a book themselves, they'd realize that.

Posted by: ktappe | March 9, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

g30rg3544, jstratt2, tk7slam, ohion, linguist64; It is sooooo obvious that you are the same person. Please post your simpleton's drivel only once - you aren't fooling anyone.

TomPaine76; Your argument is compelling. I know I would feel stronger about it if Roger Ailes was the subject.

Posted by: joelhunnicutt | March 9, 2011 2:05 PM | Report abuse

thomasmc1957:
"....the fascist Tea Party."

Left-wingers should mix in a history class once in awhile. Every fascist movement in recorded history was preceeded by moves to centralize decision-making and control of major components of citizens lives. Centralize control of schools...of health care...financial industry....the list goes on and on.

Now, which side of the American political spectrum do you think shares the value of centralization-of-control and decision-making?

Trying to call Tea Party folks (of which I am not one) 'fascists' is perhaps the apex of ignorance and stupidity.

Posted by: dbw1 | March 9, 2011 2:05 PM | Report abuse

One wonders how @emmitfitzhume feels about Bush giving huge taxpayer handouts to Wall Street.... And if he'd vote Republican again given how much of his money was given out to brokers who did not "earn their own money and pay their own way." Hypocrite.

Posted by: ktappe | March 9, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Hey "ruralamericans" - getting your money's worth out of that thesaurus, aren't you?!

Posted by: joelhunnicutt | March 9, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

"Please, the Tea party is about smaller government, and fiscal responsibility, thats it nothing else."


We already know about the Koch funding. Save your lies for you own kind.

Posted by: captainkona | March 9, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

"Please, the Tea party is about smaller government, and fiscal responsibility, thats it nothing else."


We already know about the Koch funding. Save your lies for you own kind. Corporate shill.

Posted by: captainkona | March 9, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

> if being educated is "elite" then I am
> elite and proudly so

Self proclaimed "Educated" people are usually the ones who can't add 2+2 because they are so busy solving calculus. It is common knowledge that the "educated" are common sense deficient. Common sense is what keeps us from spending money on ideas that were already proven to NOT WORK! Democrats look for the most complex of solutions to life's simplest problems.

Bottom line, "educated" people are not automatically assumed to be "smart" people.

Posted by: emmitfitzhume | March 9, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm pleased that the too-tight-right has yet again, Quixote-like, speared another meaningless windmill-dragon.

I mean seriously, is that the problem with America? To much Ernie and Burt? Is it the Opera? The never-ending Telethons?

Such a fine collection of miniature "victories".

Posted by: pixel1 | March 9, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

The teabaggers, Congresswoman Gaga, and Caribou Barbie need to take their Repugnant message and go somewhere where they can be heard.

Like Libya.

Posted by: bs2004 | March 9, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

As to your own question and follow up statement in your article:

"But what, exactly, does this say about NPR's journalism?

The NPR executive isn't a reporter, commentator, producer or editor. I'd hardly like my work to be judged based on the off-the-record, lunch-time commentary of a Post business executive uninvolved in its production.

I'll say this: your opinion sadly demonstrates the social norm's of our world today. Few people have true moral character, and your statement only emphasizes this fact.

When we speak, when we write, when we say things "off the record" we are showing our character. Upstanding. Flawed. Wizened. Discerning or other. Every time we open our mouths we are putting our true selves out there for others to contemplate and, yes, judge.

Whether Schiller admits it or not, he is what he talks. In public. In private. In detriment to his own character.

But I wouldn't feel too badly for him. In this day and age, any publicity is good publicity, and I'm sure he'll end up getting another gig where he can spout whatever hate-based commentary he wishes...and probably get paid well for it.

Posted by: chrisconard1 | March 9, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong with this picture. This woman gets fired because someone else at NPR told the truth about the tea baggers.

It's like we're back in Dubya's Bizzarro Bush land where black is white, war is peace and up is down.

Wow, fired for someone telling the truth just because the truth hurts their feelings. Well too bad because they are racists and bigots.

Posted by: affable100 | March 9, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Outrageous! Disgusting Why is this freedom of speech? At what cost do we allow this person to continue to operate?
NPR is a fine organization and is not biased. Yes the content is rich with information and the journalists often use grown up words...that some in this country have never learned...that does not make this organization "bad" or malevolent.
I think this hidden camera, leading folds on, editing and putting words in folks mouths is depicable and there ought to be a law that protects good innocent folks.
I for one think that the Tea Party condones this behavior, so do Republicans I consider leaders of and others in the TEA PARTY to foment racism, intolerance and stupidity. If we are ever to have honest discussions in this country this childish behavior--Gotta "journalism" must stop!
Keep on, NPR.

Posted by: nutmegger1 | March 9, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

ktappe wrote: One wonders how @emmitfitzhume feels about Bush giving huge taxpayer handouts to Wall Street.... And if he'd vote Republican again given how much of his money was given out to brokers who did not "earn their own money and pay their own way." Hypocrite.
-----------------------------------------
And how do you feel about Obama's sell out to big Pharma?

Posted by: Marin823 | March 9, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

A bigot and a racist. Just another of those so smart liberals that just got shown the door.

Posted by: farmsnorton | March 9, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

> The teabaggers, Congresswoman Gaga, and
> Caribou Barbie need to take their
> Repugnant message and go somewhere where
> they can be heard.

> Like Libya.


Behold! A rant from one of the so called "educated". Notice, zero facts, just emotions and anger. The only thing educational here is discovering how dumb these people actually are.

Posted by: emmitfitzhume | March 9, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong with this picture? This woman gets fired because someone else at NPR told the truth about the tea baggers.

It's like we're back in Dubya's Bizzarro Bush land where black is white, war is peace and up is down.

Wow, fired for someone telling the truth just because the truth hurts their feelings. Well too bad because they are racists and bigots.

Posted by: affable100 | March 9, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

A bigot and a racist. Just another of those so smart liberals that just got shown the door.

Posted by: farmsnorton | March 9, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Liberals simply have no idea who the Tea Party is. Tea Party = Taxpayers

Doctors, lawyers, teachers, business owners, machinists, college students, etc.,
belong to Tea Party.

Liberals have a very erroneous, Distorted view of the Tea Party!

Liberals, you're probably insulting some of your neighbors, best friends, relatives
when you condemn the Tea Party.

Posted by: ohioan | March 9, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to see if Schiller keeps his new job at the Aspen Institute. Labeling the majority of the country ignorant bigots is a strange way to do business and it's hard to see the upside, moreover, if a guy is a development officer.

Again, I recognize that a lot of people find his comments noble and brave, but a substantial percentage of people with the means to donate to Aspen are *not* going to take a meeting with the guy.

Perhaps Aspen doesn't want people like that to give them money, because they don't want to take money from the majority of the country (the part that is ignorant and bigoted, according to Schiller).

What this really showed me was how poor the leadership and management of NPR really was, under the other Schiller. Ron Schiller showed the maturity and professional behavior of a child, in that video.

Posted by: IowaHawkeye | March 9, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"It is about time!" NPR has been spouting liberally biased news for decades, and attacking conservatives, Republicans and the Tea party, along with conservative candidates, etc... This was not objective or balanced journalism Americans paid for. Finally, someone has exposed them for what they really are. Unfortunately they have been operation on taxpayers funding. Now is the time to stop paying and force them into the private sector of the economy. Lets see if their philosophy can produce a profit! America is having money problems and defunding is a step in the right direction. Monty Weddell Dallas, TX

Posted by: moweddell | March 9, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

All of the Tea Party types were 100% behind George W. Bush as he ran up historic deficits, expanded government, and set up a massive system of domestic surveillance for one reason: he was white and outspokenly Christian. The minute we have a president of color who doesn't insert Jesus into every sentence he speaks, the unruly mob forms, motivated solely by racism with the small government/personal freedom hoohah as their cover story (the teabaggers love large government as long as it's committed to taking personal freedom away from anyone who's not like them).

Posted by: dnahatch1 | March 9, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

?Or, in this case, how much this NPR fund-raiser is simply trying to raise some money, no matter what he needs to nod at."

Huh? I believe the undercover journalists told the NPR reps they were with the Muslim Brotherhood (know terrorist supporters). If they would have been at all interested in more than just raising money, they should have ended the meal, paid the bill themselves and called the police to arrest potential terrorists.

Posted by: wakeup3 | March 9, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Stromberg, stop making excuses for Schilling. To answer your question, what exactly did he do???
What he did was stupid. He was representing NPR at that meeting. He exposed his foul inner beliefs (unintentionally) to the public. They are contrary to what NPR is supposed to be - nonpartisan. He has validated what the NPR detractors have been saying since the Williams debacle. Ms. Schiller had to go as the head of the cesspool. A fresh group needs to take the helm; one that can guide NPR back to respectability. Someone like Sarah Palin. Yes, shocking, but it would redeem NPR.

Posted by: TheHolyOne | March 9, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

"The left winger one worlders all idolized
Michael Moore for his gotcha propaganda. Now the shoe is on the other foot and cries of unfair are heard all over."

Michael Moore deals in facts. The Tea Party and the GOP deal in propaganda. And if you can't tell the difference, you're a registered Republican.

Posted by: JeffWest1 | March 9, 2011 2:28 PM | Report abuse

> All of the Tea Party types were 100%
> behind George W. Bush as he ran up
> historic deficits, expanded government,
> and set up a massive system of domestic
> surveillance for one reason: he was
> white and outspokenly Christian. The
> minute we have a president of color...

Again, here's another rant from one of the "educated". There was no Tea-Party during Bush's term. So that's lie #1. Obama ran up a deficit in 2 years what Bush did in 8! Of course if that doesn't convince you, then once again we "educated" play the race card.

Posted by: emmitfitzhume | March 9, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

NPRs Ombudsman comment this about Ron Schiller's revelations:

"i still can't believe y ou would divulge so much to a stranger. that's what i'm having a hard time wrapping my brain around."

Apparently, Ron Schiller's comments were not unusual for those inside NPR, but their Ombudsman is upset that he shared those views with someone who was not a member of the verified liberal elite.

Then she had to run to a media ethics course... that she teaches.

Posted by: blasmaic | March 9, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

response to .joelhunnicutt..

linguist 64 was responding to my original comment and copied it verbatim to do so...I did not post twice....cool down guy...you're getting your knickers all in a knot over nothing...your socialistic impulses to shoot the messenger instead of debating the message is overuling your commonsense.

Posted by: jstratt2 | March 9, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Good point, Stromberg. If I were fundraiser I would probably be nodding politely to a lot of people I don't agree with. Especially if they give large amounts of money.

Posted by: Ducktown | March 9, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

No surprise that a Washington Post writer would rush into defend the bias at NPR. Birds of a feather....

Posted by: felixw | March 9, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Stephen, this is a brilliant assessment of what occurs in business every single day! Let me explain why:

I work in sales. My job is to get a customer to spend money on a product or service. Often (FAR TOO OFTEN), customers openly share their political views with me.

What do I do? AGREE WITH WHATEVER THEY SAY OR WHAT I PERCEIVE WILL MAKE THEM LIKE ME (no matter what their political leaning may be).

Two weeks ago, a woman (completely out of the blue) openly told me that she loves Rush Limbaugh. Personally, I DESPISE Limbaugh as I think he's a Nazi "wannabee."

However, judging a customer is not my job. Getting the customer to buy my product IS my job.

So, what did I end up doing? I AGREED with the customer and told her that Rush "had a couple of good points." That customer purchased my product!

Several years ago, I heard one of my colleagues describe Bill O'Reilly as his "personal hero" in a conversation with a customer. That colleague hates O'Reilly with a passion. But, he wanted the sale and got it because he made the customer feel as if he was dealing with someone that shared similar views.

Ron Shiller is a fund raiser. But, a fund raiser is just a salesman in disguise! All he really did is exactly what sales people do every day (say ANYTHING to get the sale).

If an organization were ready to spend 5 million dollars on my product (and if I knew the owners felt that UFO's were secretly abducting people all over the world), I would tell them about my own personal abduction from the top of the Empire State Building!

In sales, it's all about getting the sale anyway you can. That's likely all Schiller was doing.

Posted by: baddsaint | March 9, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

The consensus is irrefutable.

NPR is right, the Tea-Tards are wrong, God bless America and every last Liberal that calls her home.

Posted by: captainkona | March 9, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

The basis of my ridicule above is based on the USG FY 2010 tax income of 2.16 Trillion dollars, paying 60 million to NPR, for a grand total of .000027 cents of every one of your HARD EARNED TAX DOLLARS.

for a Median income, taxed at 17.9 or so that's a little shy of a "whopping" 3 cents.

Tiny too-tight-right "victory".

Posted by: pixel1 | March 9, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

> Michael Moore deals in facts. The Tea
> Party and the GOP deal in propaganda.
> And if you can't tell the difference,
> you're a registered Republican.

So then why doesn't Michael Moore stop using "capitalism" to promote his bank account all while demonizing it?? Why doesn't he make all his movies in Cuba since their system of government seems to be better than ours according to him?? Why doesn't he give all his tens of millions to the poor union workers who are supposedly "dying" in the streets?

Posted by: emmitfitzhume | March 9, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

The irony is that everything the NPR person said about the far right wing extremist teabagger Republincans was 100% accurate on all counts. Republicans really are frothingly stupid, willfully ignorant, unwashed savage morons who hate everything our country stands for, working for their corporate masters as the idiot slaves they are.

Republicans really are that stupid, they really do hate our country.

Posted by: DamOTclese | March 9, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Tea Party politicians with there water closet fetishes are the ones needing some camera exposure.

Posted by: hhkeller | March 9, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

> The consensus is irrefutable.

> NPR is right, the Tea-Tards are wrong,
> God bless America and every last Liberal
> that calls her home.


The only thing irrefutable is that your cry baby liberal rant was filled with zero facts. Boy there are a lot of fact filled, so called "educated" people in liberal-land. If they are so educated, then why do they need my tax money?

Posted by: emmitfitzhume | March 9, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Senior executives set the agenda, create the culture and determine the direction for their organizations. That a senior executive at NPR characterized the Tea Party in this manner before what he thought was a muslim group reflects what most Americans have suspected for a long time, NPR is anything but objective journalism. My tax dollars should be going into NPR.

Posted by: physicianexec | March 9, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

So it's okay to trick the Governor of Wisconsin but not NPR.

Posted by: JeffFord1 | March 9, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

> Tea Party politicians with there water
> closet fetishes are the ones needing some
> camera exposure.

Please, your display of "education" is making me feel stupid!

Posted by: emmitfitzhume | March 9, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Hm. O'Keefe's edited video of a private lunch vs. the prank call to Governor Walker's office during business hours where ADMITS his financial umbilical cord to the Koch Bros...and *who* ends up leaving their job?

A headshaker.

Posted by: banchukita | March 9, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Ok, so he didn't do anything wrong.
What does it say about NPR that they fired him?
So much for courage and journalistic integrity.

Posted by: invention13 | March 9, 2011 2:44 PM | Report abuse

The only thing she is guilty of is stupidity for not checking these jerks out in advance. As always, it sure riles people when one speaks the truth about the media and other sacred cows...........

She should sue for invasion of privacy and tortious interference with her job.

This has really gone too far and the Rethugs need to wake up and realize this sword cuts both ways.

Posted by: wesatch | March 9, 2011 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Gliberals.

Niether of the two Shillers did anything wrong. Which is why they have both resigned in disgrace. Right?!

Liberalism is a mental disorder.

Posted by: jonfraudcarry | March 9, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

When the Tea Party wins in 2012, the new president should set up Anger Management facilities in all the blue states.

Posted by: emmitfitzhume | March 9, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

who cares? Ron Schiller didn't do anything wrong and didn't say anything that isn't true or slanderous.

and to those who think NPR should sink - go back to your false little world as a pawn controlled by sociopathic billionaire agendas through your favorite news channel, Fox, and keep dreaming about your "utopia" which actually consists of corporate totalitarian control.

Posted by: boom1974 | March 9, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I guess this just goes to show that one must always think "good thoughts" about the right wing otherwise you get condemned by the right and forced to relinquish your job....so this freedom in 2011...and we're trying to push freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan? Maybe the right wing should learn that freedom is about being able to express one's opinion without the worry of being secretly recorded...sad day in America...but a good day for the GOP....

Posted by: Jim31 | March 9, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse

> The only thing she is guilty of is
> stupidity for not checking these jerks out
> in advance.

That's not a nice thing to say! These are "educated" people for crying our loud! I thought educated liberals were too smart for this? Oh, that's right. Educated != Smart.

Posted by: emmitfitzhume | March 9, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

These type of meetings go on every day with any news organization seeking money, be it advertising or fundraising. When NPR was truly publicly financed, it wasn't subject to the pressure of big donors. That hasn't been the reality for quite a while. At least, NPR has the integirty of keeping these efforts separate from the news function. Something that Fox News obviously does not.

Posted by: OC1Kenobi | March 9, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

> Maybe the right wing should learn that
> freedom is about being able to express
> one's opinion

Tell that to Juan Williams putz!

Posted by: emmitfitzhume | March 9, 2011 2:51 PM | Report abuse

These type of meetings go on every day with any news organization seeking money, be it advertising or fundraising. When NPR was truly publicly financed, it wasn't subject to the pressure of big donors. That hasn't been the reality for quite a while. At least, NPR has the integrity to keep these efforts separate from the news function. Something that Fox News obviously does not.

Posted by: OC1Kenobi | March 9, 2011 2:51 PM | Report abuse

"The only thing irrefutable is that your cry baby liberal rant was filled with zero facts. Boy there are a lot of fact filled, so called "educated" people in liberal-land. If they are so educated, then why do they need my tax money?"

I love it, the cry baby name-calling others cry baby.

Posted by: boom1974 | March 9, 2011 2:51 PM | Report abuse

> The teabaggers, Congresswoman Gaga, and
> Caribou Barbie need to take their
> Repugnant message and go somewhere where
> they can be heard.

> Like Libya.


Behold! A rant from one of the so called "educated". Notice, zero facts, just emotions and anger. The only thing educational here is discovering how dumb these people actually are.

Posted by: emmitfitzhume | March 9, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Exactly! They're so much smarter than us conservatives, however they can't manage to balance their checkbook, can't stand on their own 2 feet without some kind of gov't help, argue with their emotions rather than facts, and never understand their own hypocritical claims, i.e. the Koch Brothers fund the Tea Party, (while Soros funds MoveOn and Media Matters) "Gotta journalism must stop!" (while Michael Moore is their hero.) OH, and btw, liberals; being educated doesn't make you an elitist, thinking that you know what's best for everyone - particularly when you can't even manage your own life - is being an elitist.

BTW: We have no business funding a television or radio network with our tax dollars when we're broke.

Posted by: sheila7 | March 9, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

> These type of meetings go on every day
> with any news organization seeking money,
> be it advertising or fundraising.

Yet, they're not stupid enough to get caught on camera accepting money from a terrorist organization like NPR.

Posted by: emmitfitzhume | March 9, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

ktappe: "As for the posters above who are decrying the "elitists"....if being educated is "elite" then I am elite and proudly so."

You are not educated; you are credentialed. There is a difference.

"'Elite' is not wrong. It is desirable. Perhaps if those putting down the 'elitists' would go open a book themselves, they'd realize that."

And this shows you either truly are stupid or are intentionally attempting (and failing) to obfuscate. You falsely claim that the right is against "elites" using the definition of "the best of a class." The reality is that we're using the definition "a group of persons who by virtue of position exercise much power or influence".

You are snobs. You deserve our complete disdain. And you especially deserve to pay for your own bigoted, self-serving broadcasts.

Posted by: Aldona | March 9, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like Mr. Stromberg is laying the ground for his future defense.

Posted by: flanagin15 | March 9, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

> BTW: We have no business funding a
> television or radio network with our tax
> dollars when we're broke.

Goes to show, liberals need money from their political enemies to fight their political enemies. What a PATHETIC group of human beings!

Posted by: emmitfitzhume | March 9, 2011 2:57 PM | Report abuse

These type of meetings go on every day with any news organization seeking money, be it advertising or fundraising. When NPR was truly publicly financed, it wasn't subject to the pressure of big donors. That hasn't been the reality for quite a while. At least, NPR has the integrity to keep these efforts separate from the news function. Something that Fox News obviously does not.

Posted by: OC1Kenobi | March 9, 2011 2:51 PM | Report abuse

BIG difference: NONE of your tax money pays to keep Fox News in business. And you can even boycott thos advertisers of Fox if you want to!

Posted by: sheila7 | March 9, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Yawn, the meaningless, petty and self-centered war of words rages on...

Posted by: Sethers82 | March 9, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Interesting how this conveniently came to the forefront just when the right wing hate machine is trying to cut NPR funds. Something is fishy here and I don't think it is NPR. The Tea Thugs and the Right Wing Party are the Nazi Party of 21st Century America - and they use the same tactics.

Posted by: skolniks | March 9, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

WaPo cannot run the Broder obit higher on the homepage or it will be seen as covering for NPR. What a tragic occurence on the day of Broder's death.

Posted by: blasmaic | March 9, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Aldone refers to the educated as 'snobs'. That most likely is to cover up the fact that the right wing considers stupidity to be a virtue.

Posted by: skolniks | March 9, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"Exactly! They're so much smarter than us conservatives, however they can't manage to balance their checkbook"

oh really, it's solely the Democratic parties fault that the government can't control the budget.

FACT: the national debt became the HIGHEST ever by the end of the Reagan Presidency (from from $997 billion to $2.85 trillion). gee, and *then* by 2008, during the Bush Administration the national debt had risen all the way to $11.3 trillion.

last I checked Ronald Reagan and George Bush were/are Conservatives, Sheila7. Looks like your previous little team is actually responsible for the financial mess we're currently in.

Posted by: boom1974 | March 9, 2011 3:03 PM | Report abuse

> Interesting how this conveniently came to
> the forefront just when the right wing
> hate machine is trying to cut NPR funds

I'm sorry, who was the anti-semite blaming Jews for "owning" the media? Was that a liberal? Yea, I think it was.

Posted by: emmitfitzhume | March 9, 2011 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to the brave journalism of James Okeefe, the hate in the hearts of the leftist elites has been exposed for all to see. Who would of thought a college boy could bring down all these corrupt organazations?

Posted by: NatVanGuy | March 9, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

"NPR executive caught on camera -- doing what, exactly?"

Talking like the typical lib elitist that he and most of the others at NPR are. What is so bad though is that the people he calls uneducated are FORCED to support NPR"

We are also FORCED to support Israel. We were FORCED to support Mubarak and his regime with a nice billion dollar figure. We are FORCED to support many things we don't like.

Posted by: eagleofashburton | March 9, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Tea Partiers are racist? I'm stunned...

Posted by: CHICO13 | March 9, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

"> Michael Moore deals in facts. The Tea
> Party and the GOP deal in propaganda.
> And if you can't tell the difference,
> you're a registered Republican."


LOL, yep!

Posted by: captainkona | March 9, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

The NPR staffers did the honorable thing by resigning, even though they did nothing wrong. Gov. Sanford, Sen. Ensign and the dozens of other elected Republicans caught with their hands (or worse) in various cookie jars denied everything in the face of overwhelming evidence and refused to leave office. More reasons the GOP can no longer claim the high moral ground, as if they ever could.

Posted by: JeffWest1 | March 9, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

> The Tea Thugs and the Right Wing Party are
> the Nazi Party of 21st Century America -
> and they use the same tactics.

It sucks to see one of your own (Schiller) get nailed for something he blames other people for doing. Oh, I don't know. Being a racist himself! So keep ranting Mr. Bleeding Heart. Show us more of your liberal "education" of how to act like a giant hypocrite.

Posted by: emmitfitzhume | March 9, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse

What follows is a typical leftist corrupting the truth.
"Hey right wingers / Republicans , how about eliminating government funding and tax subsidies for NASCAR and for NASCAR track owners ! The Republicans don't like that idea , two bit hypocrites .The government should not be in the car racing business !"
The armed forces advertise at NASCAR you simpleton leftist. Not fund NASCAR as they do at NPR. Do you not understand the difference? 

Posted by: firstviceroy | March 9, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

skolniks wrote: Interesting how this conveniently came to the forefront just when the right wing hate machine is trying to cut NPR funds. Something is fishy here and I don't think it is NPR. The Tea Thugs and the Right Wing Party are the Nazi Party of 21st Century America - and they use the same tactics.
-------------------------------------------
What's even more interesting is that NPR fired Juan Williams for expressing his personal and reasonable concerns about muslims boarding airplanes, and NPR saying that compromised his abilities to be objective. And now, we know at least some of those running the show there are very vehement and vitriolic in their personal beliefs about average Americans. And this was pulled out by guys acting like they were Muslims. Is that Karma or what?

Posted by: Marin823 | March 9, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse


Schiller was in his professional role as an NPR fundraiser when he made these statements. So unless he prefaced them with a qualifier, it is not unreasonable to to assume that they are not simply his private opinions.

Juan Williams was fired after he clearly stated that he personally got "nervous" when he saw muslims in certain circumstances. He also made it clear that he was not happy that he had that reaction.

Read the transcript:

http://thinkprogress.org/2010/10/21/npr-fires-juan-williams/

Both Schillers (Vivan and Ron) deserved getting canned. Williams did not.

Posted by: WylieD | March 9, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

> The NPR staffers did the honorable thing
> by resigning, even though they did nothing
> wrong.

Nothing wrong? Anti-semetic remarks are nothing wrong? So then according to you I guess "Nappy Headed Ho" was okay then right?

Posted by: emmitfitzhume | March 9, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

> Interesting how this conveniently came to
> the forefront just when the right wing
> hate machine is trying to cut NPR funds.
> Something is fishy here and I don't think
> it is NPR.

I think you're right! The Tea Party secretly put something in his drink to make him say these bigoted remarks. It's all a conspiracy. Whooooooo.......

Posted by: emmitfitzhume | March 9, 2011 3:12 PM | Report abuse

It is a sad state of affairs when "clown politics" become a major factor in the daily national agenda (i.e. Shirley Sherrod, ACCORN, Gov. Scott Walker etc).

Is the Right Wing idea gas tank running on empty, so that it has nothing of any substance to offer to the national agenda and it stoops to this type of shenanigans for a semblance of substance? or is this their idea of making politics fun?

Posted by: mayagrafix | March 9, 2011 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Most people in America don't vote.
That's dumb.
Most people in America scream about social programs (ie: welfare, social security, NPR/PBS) but then refuse to consider defense spending cuts.
That's dumb.
Unions helped build the middle class perch that all these uninformed (not uneducated) tea party are flinging their dung from.
They have INHERITED a decent middle class life and infrstructure from the labors of union members.
Unions are not unlike a military base in a town: they help insure security and enough good paying jobs to keep everyone afloat. You want to see the difference? Visit Appalachia and see how coal miners are living pretty much like their grandparents did (and they're dying like their grandparents too because some super cheap mines refuse to follow the terrible and cumbersome rules that all the other mines follow). Unions are not perfect, but they've helped the middle class far more than they have hurt it. Everyone who is against a Union feels they can always cut a better deal for themselves. Good. Go and do so. But history shows that whenever they can, businesses more often then not screw their workers over. Without good oversight the worker is left at the mercy of the employer.
Not a fun way to live life. Unions are the average mans hedge against the schoolyard bully, to help him win the fight.
The Koch brothers and other Billionaires of their ilk (Murdoch, etc) have an agenda: reduce costs (ie: fire YOU, move to China) and regulation (ie: filthy air and poisoned water that give your kid asthma and you cancer) and fog up the political landscape with emotional wedge issues so that they may further their agenda while everyone is distracted (ie: forget gay marraige, why aren't the thieves on Wall Street in jail?)
They have no interest in building UP America, helping stop the flood of jobs going to China or paying their fair share of taxes. Instead they spend HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS backing (being sarcastic here) "grass roots" organizations to obstruct the best interests the vast majority of average people (clean air, safe working conditions, good pay, etc) by using fear, lies, God and hate.
There is nobody in America who enjoys paying taxes or likes big govenment.
However if you expect a certain standard of living (safe food, clean water, clean air) you have to be willing to pay for it. If you are not, go live in Mexico City for a while and let me know how you like it.

Posted by: SeansThought | March 9, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

This tea party thing is dying, on the steps of Columbus was just a few, backing the (R)gov trying to bring down the unions, and they were very old, and have not found out ,it is the tea party that is out to cut social security, and medicare.

And for the rest of working america programs that BENEFIT THEM IN ANY WAY.
Back to the old tea party people who are enjoyiny retirement thanks to the democrat fought programs SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, UNION S WHO GOT THE FAT COMPANY PENSIONS FOR THEM.
Now their message to the young republican is AS WE ARE NOW ,YOU NEVER WILL BE.

Posted by: dv1236 | March 9, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

At least he went down speaking the truth about the Tea Party.

Posted by: laugh_riot | March 9, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't someone pitch a prank sales offer to Fox Executives for $5,000,000 worth of commercials? But they should use these same antisemitic tactics. I used to work for Advertising Agencies and when money is smelled, anything goes in those sales meetings. Would love to expose what some Fox Sales Exec could come up with to get that $5,000,000 account.

Posted by: jerryball | March 9, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Apparently telling the truth about the tea party is a capital offense in the eyes of Faux Noise. NPR should stand up and call O'Keefe out for the fraud he is.

NPR has a bad case of Stockholm Syndrome. They need to stand up for the truth and fight. Come to think of it, that applies to a lot of the Democrats as well.


Posted by: bizecology | March 9, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't someone pitch a prank sales offer to Fox Executives for $5,000,000 worth of commercials? But they should use these same antisemitic tactics. I used to work for Advertising Agencies and when money is smelled, anything goes in those sales meetings. Would love to expose what some Fox Sales Exec could come up with to land that $5,000,000 account. Most sales executives would sell their mother for a good account, Liberal OR Conservative.

Posted by: jerryball | March 9, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

"We no longer have the freedom in America to tell the truth about the fascist Tea Party.

I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK!"

Sorry, but Stalinist Russia is no longer available. Perhaps you would be interested in Venezuela, and it seems that Libya is about to go on the market.

Posted by: BuyPartisan | March 9, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

This is a fishy, fishy video, full of cuts. The pranksters ask what he thinks about Egypt and Shiller starts talking about education? I smell a Brietbart.

Perhaps this link isn't meant to be the whole video, but I came to this story after listening to others describe the video - I do not see the obvious tone of agreement that has been ascribed to Schiller. The head nodding (?) I kept hearing about seems no more than polite listening, nothing different than one do at a polite dinner discussion even if one dissagreed with the specifics of the conversation.

Furthermore, while Schiller makes some questionable and gross generalizations, he clearly makes the distinction between what he believes and what NPR policy is on such matters, which is largely left silent. His real crime is not recognizing these "journalists" for what they are, criminals who secretly record what are ostensibly private conversations.

Last I checked, holding an opinion, even a questionable one, was not illegal in this country, but secretly videotaping conversations without the participants knowledge is, under certain circumstances. Even Michael Moore, who the right criticizes, usually provides an opportunity for others to respond to cameras that they know are there.

Let's be clear about what all of this is about, which should be obvious by many of the comments here. O'Keefe doesn't care about whether some high level fundraiser at NPR likes Israel, or Muslims, or holds the Tea party in distain. What this is about is a Republican agenda to dismantle good journalism in this country so that they can replace it with the O'Keefes and Fox brand of advocate journalism.

Just be sure that when they dismantle your local NPR station (which is the most likely outcome of the current attack on CPB) that you don't complain when these "citizen journalists" turn their attention and their cameras on you.

I urge eveyone to support your local NPR affiliate station.

Posted by: LincolnX | March 9, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Boy the Tea Party really gets upset when you call them bigots. Reminds me of a famous line "Me thinks the king speaks too loudly."

Posted by: johnnormansp | March 9, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

"Aldone refers to the educated as 'snobs'."

That you think I consider you "educated" proves either that you didn't actually read my post, or that you are indeed undereducated, regardless of how many credentials you may or may not have racked up.

Neither of them reflects very well on you and your ilk, so I'll leave it to you to choose which one it is.

By the way, I have my degree too. I simply find the "elites" too appalling to associate myself with.

Posted by: Aldona | March 9, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

This just confirms what I have seen for years, that is executives in high payed positions have a habit of letting their mouths move a lot faster then their brains. It just goes to show that a person doesn,t have to be intelligent to draw a high salary. On the other hand if you don't like people expressing their opinion in private or in public you had better move to another country where you can see no evil, hear no evil or speak no evil. Everyone in the US has the right to say what they think even if it is stupid or hurts someone's feelings.

Posted by: OldCoot1 | March 9, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

emmitfitzhume has nothing to do all day but to fill blogs with tea bag rants

more not

Posted by: hhkeller | March 9, 2011 3:33 PM | Report abuse

"Why doesn't someone pitch a prank sales offer to Fox Executives for $5,000,000 worth of commercials?"

Who says they haven't, and the sting didn't work because the Fox executives acted like rational adults throughout the entire meeting, leaving the leftist with no usable material?

Posted by: Aldona | March 9, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

"This is a fishy, fishy video, full of cuts."

The entire unedited video is available online, and has been all along. Nice attempt to rationalize it all away.

http://www.theprojectveritas.com/nprjudge

Posted by: Aldona | March 9, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

@ Aldona

"This is a fishy, fishy video, full of cuts."

The entire unedited video is available online, and has been all along. Nice attempt to rationalize it all away.

http://www.theprojectveritas.com/nprjudge


Which I clearly qualified in the first sentence of the following paragraph. Nice attempt to ignore that. I am not rationalizing - I am just not drinking your kool-aid.

Posted by: LincolnX | March 9, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

More twisted lies of the:
"One wonders how @emmitfitzhume feels about Bush giving huge taxpayer handouts to Wall Street.... And if he'd vote Republican again given how much of his money was given out to brokers who did not "earn their own money and pay their own way." Hypocrite.
No not a hypocrite at all but you are. As you omitted all the money given to fat cat union pensions in order to keep them solvent. Or the union owned car companies of which not all has been paid back! But the banks have, with a profit back to the government. Point being they spread the money around. Don't post partial truths & then spin!!!
Typical lies of the left. 

Posted by: firstviceroy | March 9, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

From Tk7slam: "Regarding the statement on the Tea Party: What he said reflected his personal opinion in a private conversation. "

Unfortunately it wasn't a "private" conversation. He said it while on the job, a business luncheon with potential donors.

"Regarding his statements on Jews and Media: He didn't actually say anything. This is a set-up. We are accusing him of being an anti-Semite because he nodded? Was he supposed to throw water in their faces? "

Not true. He claimed that NPR did not have Zionist influence, but that newspapers did. Listen to the video at 8 minutes into it for about a minute. He is not just nodding. He is making statement about Jewish influence in newspapers.

"3) Regarding his statement about federal funding of NPR. Again - private opinion in a private conversation. If that's what he believes, than the truth will set him free. But is this a major crime?"

It wasn't a private conversation. He was acting in his official capacity for NPR with potential donors.

Posted by: Misty88 | March 9, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

The worst thing about this is that a major newspaper would allow such a vapid, weak, unconvincing commentary on what happened yesterday. Orwell lives.

Posted by: lavistabb | March 9, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Well, if we get rid of NPR I guess we'll have to close down the other public radio stations including Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty, Voice of America, Radio Free Asia, Alhurra, Radio Sawa, and Radio Marti and any others.

I'm OK with that.

Posted by: StoshMan | March 9, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

skrut003 - "Everyone left of Glenn Beck thinks the Tea Party is rascist." Well, why didn't you say so earlier? We could have avoided all this pointless rancor if you had invoked the "every knows" rhetorical trope. Case closed. QED.

Posted by: getjiggly3 | March 9, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

It's beating a dead horse now, but ACORN was subject to similar thing and, with some creative editing, they were made to look evil and horrible. I certainly believed it at the time. And now I feel pretty stupid because I believed it. It turned out to be nowhere near the truth. For an unedited version, see this site: http://www.mediaite.com/online/rachel-maddow-exposes-foxs-bogus-coverage-of-acorn/

Posted by: asinimali1 | March 9, 2011 8:00 PM | Report abuse

LincolnX - I suggest that you actually watch the entire video. Mr. Schiller is doing much more than merely nodding his head. I don't know how anyone who is expected to have some sense of political or media savvy wouldn't know how to sidestep the landmines that came up in this conversation. He totally blew it.

I have had clients try to get me involved in politically charged conversations before, and there is usually always something that you can say that won't offend anybody and still not put myself on the hook.

Watch the video, it is like he has absolutely no clue how to behave on the job. I can understand that what he thought he was saying would be well-received by the potential donors, but I also know when dealing with clients that I never reveal my political leanings. What if that client tells somebody else what I said, and that other person doesn't agree? I could lose potential business. I leave my politics at the door when I go to the office. Mr. Schiller apparently forgot or never learned such a basic lesson.

Posted by: Misty88 | March 9, 2011 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Hollow outrage on the party of Tea Partiers. I will feel more sympathy for them when they disavow Glenn Beck for demonizing, on a daily basis, progressives, centrists..pretty much everybody not owned heart and soul by the Tea Party.

Posted by: hippo99x | March 9, 2011 11:26 PM | Report abuse

If you see your sisters' husband hanging out on the streets having an animated discussion with women who look suspiciously like hookers a day after asking you for a small personal loan, what do you think?

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | March 10, 2011 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I think it is laughable that members of the tea party who are so incensed at being lumped together as a group with some of their most despicable members are so quick to lump all of NPR's employees together to be like this man. The fact is that he had nothing to do with programming at NPR; thus the claims that this proves NPR is biased in its news coverage based upon this incident are simply ludicrous. I'd be willing to bet that 99% of the people calling for defunding NPR don't listen to it or have a clue what it has to offer.

Posted by: DawnDarner | March 10, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Stromberg; all,

fwiw, the MOST EVIL, VICIOUS & VILE RACISTS & ANTISEMITES are on the extreme left of the political spectrum in groups like "moveon.org", "International A.N.S.W.E.R.", "code pink", "woman's peace strike" & other groups of that disgusting sort.

as a
1. "person of color" (like the current POTUS, i'm bi-racial),
2. a coordinator of a county TEA PARTY group (we TP folks are so rebellious that we don't HAVE "officers" but i'm the nearest thing we have to an "officer".- i am a servant of the general membership & can be removed at any time by a simple majority vote of our members.)
&
3. a person who many here know "in real life".
(i get hundreds of emails & phone calls at home & my office from people on "PP" each week.- many of those phone calls & emails are TRULY vile, openly racist, antisemetic & frequently/disgustingly filthy of language.), i find that MOST of what the leftists/elitists/"lame-stream press" say about the TEA PARTY, on this & other forums, is:
1. based on arrogant ignorance of the FACTS about who/what we are as a popular movement.
AND/OR
2. KNOWING LIES, which are based on unreasoning HATRED, MEAN-spiritedness & inbred BIGOTRY.

should any reader here wish to actually KNOW the TRUTH about the TEA PARTY, come to a local city/county/parish TP meeting & SEE for yourself what/who we actually are. - then, IF you like what you see, then join us & help us return our nation to being the small/commonsense/free republic that our founders intended that the USA would be/remain.

just my own personal opinions/comments. = i DO NOT & CANNOT speak officially for our county's group, absent a vote of support on each issue.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | March 10, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

The most damning thing about the video to me was Schiller's remark that NPR would be better off with no federal funding at all. Talk about bad timing!
As for the other stuff -- calling teaparty types scary, gun-toting racists and all the rest -- was anybody really surprised to hear this from an NPR exec? He was speaking for 95% of NPR employees (and probably 75% of listeners). Nor did the anti-zionism remarks come as any surprise considering the audience he was playing to, fictitious as it was.

Posted by: jawmo | March 11, 2011 6:56 PM | Report abuse

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