NPR CEO: We’re a lot more seriously racist, xenophobic conservative than you think

posted at 9:30 am on March 8, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

I originally thought I’d just add this to the preceding post as an update, but Vivian Schiller’s claim really deserves a thread all of its own.  While Ron Schiller [see updates] dines with sharia activists and calls conservatives, Republicans, and Tea Party activists “seriously racist people … gun toting … xenophobes”, Vivian insisted that many of the network’s critics believe they are too conservative themselves:

National Public Radio chief Vivian Schiller issued a flat denial Monday when asked whether NPR consistently puts a liberal spin on the news.

NPR strains to offer “journalism that presents no particular bias,” Schiller claimed in a speech at the National Press Club. And far from being the bastion of liberalism its critics insist, Schiller claimed that NPR gets “a tremendous amount of criticism for being too conservative.”

Lachlan Markay offers a few examples from their NPR archives of this conservative bias in action, so be sure to follow the link.  The Daily Caller reports on the same speech, where Chris Moody catches Vivian’s explanation of independence, NPR-style:

Critics of NPR’s subsidies argue that the government should not play a role in funding news outlets, especially ones that cover it. But Schiller contended that it is just that — government funding — that helps keep NPR independent.

“The fact that we have four sources of revenue: Listeners, philanthropy, corporate, and government, helps ensure that public media is not beholden to any one source of revenue,” she said. “Indeed, it is through this diversity of funding that we are able to maintain our journalistic independence.”

Got that?  It’s the very fact that NPR couldn’t exist without government funding that makes them independent of government!  And Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia, Winston.

Forget the issue of funding for just a moment.  The two Schillers at the top of NPR apparently can’t tell the truth even if it tasted like filet mignon.  Dependence is independence, the Joooooos run the newspapers, and conservatives are all racists in their world.  Why would anyone rely on news from an organization run by these two Orwellian creatures?

Update: According to biographical sources, Vivian Schiller is the daughter of a Ronald Schiller, a former editor at Reader’s Digest, which I mistakenly read as being married to a Ronald Schiller.  I’ve removed the spousal reference and apologize for the error.

Update II: It’s not the first time the confusion has arisen about the two Schillers.  NPR put out a press release in December explaining that the two are not related.


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DEFUND!!!

mjbrooks3 on March 8, 2011 at 9:32 AM

She’s also a lot hotter than we think.

The Mega Independent on March 8, 2011 at 9:34 AM

It’s like being at NPR headquarters in room 101.

JetBoy on March 8, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Well, then…since you don’t need the money at all we will just take it away from you. You’ll feel better, trust us. Oh, and EFF YOU COMMIE PIG.

search4truth on March 8, 2011 at 9:34 AM

well, well, well….can you imagine how dinner tonight at the Schiller residence is going to go??

“Bad day honey? You too, huh!?”

ted c on March 8, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Schiller claimed that NPR gets “a tremendous amount of criticism for being too conservative.”

That’s b/c the only people who listen to their programing think Lenin was a member of the John Birch society and Obama is a moderate.

gonnjos on March 8, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Trying very hard to keep my cool till the next election …. Very Hard indeed

wheels on March 8, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Tell Juan Williams.

No conservative CEO would put up with what happened to Mr. Williams.

desertdweller on March 8, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Well sure, because as a conservative I too regularly use the term “Nazi gun-toting, xenophobe, racist, Tea Baggers” to describe my friends who are of a similar worldview.

Bishop on March 8, 2011 at 9:36 AM

It’s the very fact that NPR couldn’t exist without government funding that makes them independent of government!

More intellectualism from the traitorous progressives who suck the blood from the neck of America.

csdeven on March 8, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Here’s what NPR should do: take an internal survey at each presidential election and publish the anonymous results. Slate did this last election and, surprise! they only had two votes out of 57 for McCain.

Transparency is what we need, not doublespeak. Simply publish your voting tendencies, NPR, and I’ll let you stay funded.

MaxMBJ on March 8, 2011 at 9:37 AM

“The fact that we have four sources of revenue: Listeners, philanthropy, corporate, and government,

Money taints everything, so if you are beholding to a diverse group of special interests, it all balances out .. see?

Skandia Recluse on March 8, 2011 at 9:37 AM

well, well, well….can you imagine how dinner tonight at the Schiller residence is going to go??
“Bad day honey? You too, huh!?”
ted c on March 8, 2011 at 9:35 AM

“What’s that, dear, I can’t hear you. Quit using that stupid NPR voice and talk normally!”

Bishop on March 8, 2011 at 9:38 AM

So let’s go over the list of liberal groups successfully targeted:

ACORN – defunded
Planned Parenthood – defunded by House(one hopes this means they’re finished after 2012)
NPR – hopefully defunded soon
Public Sector Unions – losing collective bargaining rights in some states

Who else needs to be added to that list?

Doughboy on March 8, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Give the Schillers a 10% choco bonus!

BobMbx on March 8, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Vivian insisted that many of the network’s critics believe they are too conservative themselves:

Translation:
We are running out of money. Please help.

JeffB. on March 8, 2011 at 9:40 AM

This is all part of “making up stuff”. It’s what these people do. Should we be surprised that their affliction would quit when they are threatened? It will get worse. These are the end times for them.

BetseyRoss on March 8, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Can we just shorten their name to “The Shills”?

Fallon on March 8, 2011 at 9:41 AM

NPR strains to offer “journalism that presents no particular bias credulity.

FIFY, Viv.

ROCnPhilly on March 8, 2011 at 9:42 AM

There have been a lot of stark contrasts of how a liberal (communist)and conservatives differ but never in such incandescent colors.

jistincase on March 8, 2011 at 9:42 AM

“What’s that, dear, I can’t hear you. Quit using that stupid NPR voice and talk normally!”

Bishop on March 8, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Ha! That cracks me up. The main reason I can’t stand NPR is the freaking way they all talk. Sort of pseudo-BBC but without the charming accent. They are so full of their intellectualism it makes me want to barf or slit my wrists.

mrsmwp on March 8, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Doughboy on March 8, 2011 at 9:39 AM

FCC
EPA
HHS
DOE…

ROCnPhilly on March 8, 2011 at 9:44 AM

While her husband Ron dines with sharia activists

They’re not married. In fact, they’re not related at all.

KingGold on March 8, 2011 at 9:47 AM

When you insulate performance from any economic consequence, you end up with crap. In education, or in radio.

RBMN on March 8, 2011 at 9:47 AM

FCC
EPA
HHS
DOE…

ROCnPhilly on March 8, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Unfortunately those will take a lot more than some undercover videos from James O’Keefe to bring down.

Doughboy on March 8, 2011 at 9:47 AM

It’s the very fact that NPR couldn’t exist without government funding that makes them independent of government!

Let’s take that same argument and begin applying it far and wide, Ed. Let’s speak ‘truth’ to ‘power’ and just test this independence theory once and for all. Whaddya think….?

ted c on March 8, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Ed,

I love ya but do two seconds of research, the Schillers areNot related. I dont think Ron is interested in Vivian.

Ricki on March 8, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Just wait until the door is closed to find out what she and her fellow travelers really think.

DEFUND.

Good Lt on March 8, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Al Capone thought he was too nice. Vivian Schiller says NPR’s been told it’s too conservative. Whatevs…

apostic on March 8, 2011 at 9:51 AM

When you insulate performance from any economic consequence inject liberal ideas where the people have a choice, you end up with crappy ratings and/or bankruptcy. In education, or in radio.

RBMN on March 8, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Just to piggyback on your thought…See Air America, MSNBC, CNN, Katie Couric, et al.

search4truth on March 8, 2011 at 9:52 AM

While her husband Ron dines with sharia activists

NPR strains to offer “journalism that presents no particular bias,”

except that one which Ron and his female companion at dinner laughed about when they agreed with the Muslim who renamed NPR, “National Palestinian Radio”…

so, which is it NPR, unbiased? Or palestinian viewpoint biased?

ted c on March 8, 2011 at 9:52 AM

I dont think Ron is interested in Vivian.
Ricki on March 8, 2011 at 9:49

Because of this? (BTW: I’m guessing he is not a conservative.)

Mr. Schiller earned a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from Cornell University.

He will maintain his residence in Aspen, Colorado with his partner Alan Fletcher, an accomplished composer and President of the Aspen Music Festival and School, and will commute regularly to Washington, DC.

Dingbat63 on March 8, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Newsflash for you sweetheart, if you were the least bit conservative, Democrats would have howled to the moon about your funding, in other words you would never have received a penny.

Bias means liberal.

Speakup on March 8, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Mr. Schiller earned a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from Cornell University.

does that include “Placing Foot in Mouth 201″?

BTW, did KO go to that same podunk school?

ted c on March 8, 2011 at 9:56 AM

That’s the problem with being a liberal elitist; no one else in America is as good as or as deserving as you.

Roy Rogers on March 8, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Guarantee:
The Republicans will not defund PBS, NPR and CPB.
Once the left/media complex goes into the full Big Bird , Elmo, “they’re trying to hurt and kill the children” mode, they will wuss out.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on March 8, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Per this article, Ed, they are not related.

http://www.npr.org/about/press/2009/090309.RSchillerRelease.html

Of course, that doesnt minimize their elitist nonsense.

cs89 on March 8, 2011 at 10:01 AM

“Quick everyone, hide behind this giant Elmo plush until they go away!”

saint kansas on March 8, 2011 at 10:02 AM

They’re not married. In fact, they’re not related at all.

KingGold on March 8, 2011 at 9:47 AM

…the Schillers areNot related…

Ricki on March 8, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Yes, it appears Ron is spoken for

His partner, Alan Fletcher, is President of the Aspen Music Festival and School.

pain train on March 8, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Mephistopheles call your office…

Knott Buyinit on March 8, 2011 at 10:03 AM

The other Schiller at NPR confirms he is a racist bigot proven by the video at The Blaze. This Sciller is a lying racist bigot. DEFUND the racists at NPR.

volsense on March 8, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Dingbat63 on March 8, 2011 at 9:54 AM

LOL! I’m sure the Muslim Brotherhood approves…

Eren on March 8, 2011 at 10:05 AM

“Why would anyone rely on news from an organization run by these two Orwellian creatures?”

This, my friends, describes the modern day Democrat party. Every thought crime, every despicable action, every scummy mob action accusation they hurl at Republicans and Tea Partiers is actually a projection of some evil act they themselves have done. Just as in “1984″ politics today is parody of policy making and of government, for the Democrats.

MTF on March 8, 2011 at 10:05 AM

“We’re a lot more conservative than you think”

“In fact, some of my best friends are conservative”

BobMbx on March 8, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Makes sense that two Schillers are at the top of NPR are progressive shillers for the Obamastration.

Yeah. It was a reach.

pugwriter on March 8, 2011 at 10:13 AM

“In fact, some of my best friends are conservative”

BobMbx on March 8, 2011 at 10:07 AM

conservative, it’s the new black…..

ted c on March 8, 2011 at 10:13 AM

She’s also a lot hotter than we think.

The Mega Independent on March 8, 2011 at 9:34 AM

She has been often accused of, and recieved quite a bit of flack for being “Too Hot” dare I say.

Koa on March 8, 2011 at 10:17 AM

I can’t believe I once donated money to the stinking, rotting left-wing corpse that is NPR. That was many, many years ago when I was young and naive and thought it was the “right thing to do.”

Can I have a refund?

UltimateBob on March 8, 2011 at 10:23 AM

I saw this interview on TV. This woman is either a bald-faced liar, or she’s just delusional. Probably a little of both.

They’re at risk of having the gubermint teat taken away from them, so they’re spinning and spinning….

I listened for a minute, rolled my eyes, shook my head in disbelief, then changed the channel.

O’Reilly show had some great stats last night, about the big chunk of change the folks at PBS & NPR are making. That’s theft.

FlatlanderByTheLake on March 8, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Vivian insisted that many of the network’s critics believe they are too conservative themselves

Like so many leftists, they assume that they are at the center of the political universe. Therefore, of course, most of the rest of the world is indeed “conservative.”

Much like Dan Rather, when asked where the NYT Editorial page falls on the political spectrum, described them as “middle of the road.” No realistic perspective.

iurockhead on March 8, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Oh…well. Really? So NPR is more conservative? Well shut my mouth, and call me a gun toting xenophobe, tea bagging racist. I guess all is well then, and there should be no de-funding of NPR. Because we all know what integrity, and honesty just courses thru the veins of Schills.

Give me a small break Vivian. If you really think you’re convincing anyone….you’re delusional. Now git back under your rock.

capejasmine on March 8, 2011 at 10:52 AM

This is all too fun.
Someone should make this tragedy into a play.
Oh, wait.

Ice Capades – Mickey and Minnie’s Magical Journey
Live at the Cow Palace this July!

EZnSF on March 8, 2011 at 10:55 AM

I would love to sit in on one of those editorial meetings. When is the next one Viv?

ctmom on March 8, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Vivian insisted that many of the network’s critics believe they are too conservative themselves:

…which shows just how far left the audience is for NPR.
Socialist like Michael Moore,Lawrence O’donell and liberal groups like Move on say on a regular basis that Obama is to Conservative also.

NPR CEO: We’re a lot more conservative than you think

Yea…I remember the animated skit that NPR promoted on their Web site showing the racist,hateful rhetoric and actions of the anti-war protestors/Wisconsin union activists.
That time they called for the death of Jon Stewart was a strange moment for them also….

……….oh wait

“Indeed, it is through this diversity of funding that we are able to maintain our journalistic independence.”

Since it is left wing activism there at NPR 24/7…..then it is time for them to rely on their left wing supporters like the millions they take from the Nazi sympathizer Soros.

You want to act like Air America…then you should be run like Air America…and other liberal bastions like New York,Michigan,and California…..incompetent and broke.

Baxter Greene on March 8, 2011 at 11:13 AM

I see no reason at all why the Fed needs to give funds to NPR anymore. I don’t know why we have for this long. As long as Big Bird and his gang are around the money train will keep rolling in the dough. They’re puppets, they can’t pull a Charlie Sheen.

scalleywag on March 8, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Defund… What a bunch of intellectual MORONS…

Khun Joe on March 8, 2011 at 11:14 AM

the Joooooos run the newspapers,

Over 50 years ago, these same idiots were all paranoid about Roman Catholics taking over America. Now it’s the Jews. Before 1964, it was the blacks. It’s called scapegoating, and it is what Democrats are good at. It is not only dems, the Ron Paul and Pat Buchanan do the same stuff, all the time — and it’s why no Paleo-Con will ever be President; because they’re so damned enamored with paranoia.

Update: According to biographical sources, Vivian Schiller is the daughter of a Ronald Schiller, a former editor at Reader’s Digest, which I mistakenly read as being married to a Ronald Schiller. I’ve removed the spousal reference and apologize for the error.

Poor ol’ Ron Schiller, just standin’ around minding his own business and get accused of being married to his own daughter! HEH! :P

Chuck in Detroit on March 8, 2011 at 11:17 AM

And Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia, Winston.

Some germane biographical info on Vivian Schiller:

Ms. Schiller, it seems, had a fascination with the Russian language. Which led her to the Soviet Union after college, which led in turn to a job as a tour guide, which led to work on the documentary version of Turner’s Portrait of the Soviet Union.

Schiller was not a creative force on the film, she was simply using her Russian skills to help the Turner people get around the country. But it is interesting that a career that has blossomed in the hallowed halls of the notoriously intolerant American left-wing media began in one of the most infamously intolerant civilizations on earth — where Schiller was hired to work on what became a stunningly rose-colored look at the Communist tyranny.

Don’t take my word for it.

John Corry of the New York Times — that’s right, the New York Times –panned the film that Schiller helped facilitate. “History disappears down the memory hole in ‘Portrait of the Soviet Union,’”said Corry in his opening line of a scorching review that appeared in the Times on March 20, 1988.

The film said, said Corry caustically (Corry was the rare conservative at the Times), tells us: “The Soviet spirit just works wonders. From Moscow to Azerbaijan to deep in frozen Siberia, no one even frowns.”

Much more at the link…

Buy Danish on March 8, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Two Schiller’s = double plus good

KG in Sask on March 8, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Has no one else noticed Schiller’s support for the “Zionist control press” conspiracy theory?

Fake Muslim: I’m not too upset about maybe a little bit less Jew influence of Jewish money into NPR. The Zionist coverage is quite substantial elsewhere …

Schiller: I don’t actually find it at NPR.

Fake Muslim: What exactly?

Schiller: The Zionist or pro-Israel even among funders. … I mean, it’s there in those who own newspapers obviously, but no one owns NPR. So actually, I don’t find it.

Everyone should contact the Aspen Institute (politely!) and ask them what they think of their new guy’s attitude.

Crawford on March 8, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Ah, hell. Ed noticed it.

Still, c’mon, folks, I’m sure the Aspen Institute’s Walter Isaacson will be glad to hear about his new employee’s beliefs!

Crawford on March 8, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Schiller? Schiller? Hmm, maybe Ron Schiller is related to THIS Schiller (going all Godwin here): Rolf Otto Schiller

MikeHu on March 8, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Since I have never listened to NPR, I have no opinion.

I do believe though, that the federal government should have no involvement or funding of news, or shows that promote one viewpoint over another.

There may have been a time when some of the programming on PBS was simple and straight forward, but that time is long gone. Even the kids’ shows have an agenda.

Defund them both.

Jvette on March 8, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Damn. She played the diversity card. Now what.

Kenosha Kid on March 8, 2011 at 1:02 PM

the Joooooos run the newspapers

What really disturbs me is that I can imagine that Schiller raised this canard not because he really believes it, but because he figured that these “Muslim Brotherhood” guys would appreciate it and be more likely to give NPR money, believing that NPR is fighting the good fight against “zionism.”

Just my suspicion.

dkmonroe on March 8, 2011 at 1:25 PM

N ot
P lausible
R eporting

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Update II: It’s not the first time the confusion has arisen about the two Schillers. NPR put out a press release in December explaining that the two are not related.

…but they both are expert shillers.

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2011 at 1:44 PM

John at Power Line, re. Schiller’s performance:

At one point, Schiller says that he is “very proud of” NPR’s firing of Juan Williams. It was necessary, he says, be cause NPR “[stands] for … non-racist, non-bigoted, straightforward telling of the news.”

Del Dolemonte on March 8, 2011 at 1:59 PM

The problem for NPR is their limited audience.

To their ‘right’ is the moderate left, center left, far left, hard left and Soros, who is closest to NPR having put a million or so into them.

To their ‘left’ are the radical left, Socialists, Communists and Anarchists who will always complain you are too ‘conservative’.

All those letters only demonstrate you are in the Left, not at the ‘center’ or ‘conservative’. In fact due to who is on the left of NPR, the people at NPR ought to be a bit worried…

ajacksonian on March 8, 2011 at 2:12 PM

So let’s go over the list of liberal groups successfully targeted:

ACORN – defunded
Planned Parenthood – defunded by House(one hopes this means they’re finished after 2012)
NPR – hopefully defunded soon
Public Sector Unions – losing collective bargaining rights in some states

Who else needs to be added to that list?

Doughboy on March 8, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Do you think they’ll ever realize Obama was the worst thing that could have ever happened to them. If only Obama had just “nudged” everything a little left instead of going for the whole enchilada and awakening a sleeping giant of conservative, patriotic Americans.

PatMac on March 8, 2011 at 2:12 PM

They seem to only open their mouths to change feet. How is it that people this deficient get these great jobs?

dogsoldier on March 8, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Ha! Mr. Schiller doesn’t seem to be a good match for his new job:

The Aspen Institute is.. dedicated to “fostering enlightened leadership, the appreciation of timeless ideas and values, and open-minded dialogue on contemporary issues.” The institute and its international partners promote the pursuit of common ground and deeper understanding in a nonpartisan and nonideological setting through regular seminars, policy programs, conferences, and leadership development initiatives.

And:

On July 27, 2008, the Aspen Institute Board of Directors approved a new mission:
* To foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues.

Fun bonus factoid: The eeevil David H. Koch is a board member.

Buy Danish on March 8, 2011 at 2:26 PM

I’m one of those ex-(moderate)Liberals who used to listen to NPR all the time, until the day I got so disgusted with their post-9/11 coverage (“what the terrorists did was wrong, but we can’t go to war, war never solves anything”)that I said to myself “let’s hear what this Rush Limbaugh guy has to say”, and flipped the radio dial to his show for the first time in my life. I’ve been listening to his show every day since then, and consider myself 2 steps to the right of Dick Cheney. And I have NPR to thank for it!

ardenenoch on March 8, 2011 at 3:59 PM

I quit listening to NPR when I realized “All Things Considered” was biased.

George Soros is getting what he paid for.

Roy Rogers on March 8, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Why do I start thinking I’m listening to someone who’d feel comfortable at a Pink Code rally whenever I see her on the news?

chickasaw42 on March 8, 2011 at 8:37 PM