Undercover video: NPR exec says NPR would be “far better off” without federal funds

posted at 8:48 am on March 8, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Maybe I’m getting inured to this kind of thing, but for me the big screaming headline from the latest James O’Keefe undercover video isn’t that high-ranking NPR executive Ron Schiller bashes conservatives, Republicans, and the Tea Party as “white, gun-toting … xenophobic … seriously racist people.” The big news for me comes when Schiller, who thinks he’s meeting with representatives from the fictitious Muslim Education Action Center (MEAC) to discuss a $5 million donation to NPR to help MEAC “spread Sharia worldwide,” that NPR would do better without federal funding.  Just before this, Schiller tells the two undercover reporters that federal funding only accounts for 10% of their direct funding, but a sudden end to subsidies for public broadcasting would close a number of their stations, which gives a little more clearer explanation of their financial dependence on taxpayers.  Those moments come at about the six-minute mark:

The Daily Caller’s report focuses on the liberal hysteria aspect of the meeting:

In a new video released Tuesday morning by conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe, Schiller and Betsy Liley, NPR’s director of institutional giving, are seen meeting with two men who, unbeknownst to the NPR executives, are posing as members of a Muslim Brotherhood front group. The men, who identified themselves as Ibrahim Kasaam and Amir Malik from the fictitious Muslim Education Action Center (MEAC) Trust, met with Schiller and Liley at Café Milano, a well-known Georgetown restaurant, and explained their desire to give to $5 million to NPR because, “the Zionist coverage is quite substantial elsewhere.”

On the tapes, Schiller wastes little time before attacking conservatives. The Republican Party, Schiller says, has been “hijacked by this group.” The man posing as Malik finishes the sentence by adding, “the radical, racist, Islamaphobic, Tea Party people.” Schiller agrees and intensifies the criticism, saying that the Tea Party people aren’t “just Islamaphobic, but really xenophobic, I mean basically they are, they believe in sort of white, middle-America gun-toting. I mean, it’s scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people.”

Schiller goes on to describe liberals as more intelligent and informed than conservatives. “In my personal opinion, liberals today might be more educated, fair and balanced than conservatives,” he said.

Like those liberals gathered in Madison that kept comparing Scott Walker to Hitler, Mussolini, and Mubarak, and who accused Walker of “exterminating” union members?  Well, to be fair, Schiller may never have heard about those.  After all, he probably gets his news from NPR.  Speaking of which, if Schiller represents the executive view at NPR, it’s not hard to imagine what kind of treatment those white, gun-toting, xenophobic Tea Partiers can expect from NPR’s news coverage.

Also, don’t miss the point where he tells the two MEAC representatives that there is no Jewish or pro-Israeli bias at NPR because “no one owns NPR,” but that Jewish control of newspapers exists because “it’s there in those who own newspapers.”  Betsy Liley then explains that American Jewish World Service is one of NPR’s “biggest funders,” but Schiller then explains that AJWS is looking for a fair point of view but that most other Jewish organizations are not.

Schiller then goes on to defend the firing of Juan Williams, saying that because he expressed an opinion, he was “compromised as a journalist” — despite the fact that NPR also employed him as an opinion journalist.  But perhaps Schiller can now agree that he’s been compromised as an NPR exec after this exposé of his own views on American and world politics?  Or does that not apply to everyone in the journalistic organization?

Some of you may be angry with Ron Schiller, president of the NPR Foundation and Senior VP of Development, but put that aside for a moment.  I believe we should help Schiller to reach his policy goals — of stripping NPR and public broadcasting of its federal subsidies.  He might have to hold more of these kinds of meetings to cover the hole that will blow in NPR’s budget, but at least the gun-toting taxpayers won’t be forced to pay for Schiller’s activities a moment longer.

Update: Dave Weigel notes that Schiller has left NPR just recently to go to the Aspen Institute.


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I love how the man smugly insists, basically – that “liberalism” is truth – and, “why of course this is why Universities are Liberal!”.

He is RIGHT about the anti-intellectual part though – that’s what I’m against – primarily because our universities, for the last 100 years have produced very few REAL intellectuals and millions of idiots who believe their diploma elevates them to a position above all other men.

I have two knuckle sandwiches for this ass – to demonstrate he’s not above me.

HondaV65 on March 8, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Okay then…
Actually the best way to take care of Mr. Schiller(perfect name since he is a shill) is to complain to the sponsors. After all that’s where the money is.
$1 million+
Angie’s List

WTF? Angie’s List? How is that possible?

BobMbx on March 8, 2011 at 10:31 AM

A little OT local news item:

Barrett pushes for stricter gun-sale background checks

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Monday called for more complete background checks on firearm buyers and instituting background checks on all sales of guns, whether they are new or used.

Link: http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/117538918.html

These people never give up, do they?

Chip on March 8, 2011 at 10:36 AM

These people never give up, do they?

Chip on March 8, 2011 at 10:36 AM

They lost their free Viagra yesterday, so now they’re coming for the guns. Tit for tat.

BobMbx on March 8, 2011 at 10:38 AM

“Schiller the NPR funding killer”…

Everyone serves a purpose in life… God love him for speaking his mind…

I hope he has fun testifying on the Hill… If he still has a job at NPR… Which I doubt…

Khun Joe on March 8, 2011 at 10:39 AM

I notice that Schiller speaks deliberately and slowly when speaking to his guests. As if their accents prevent them from understanding English. The soft bigotry of low expectations on display.

The progressives are the true hate-mongers, mongering hatred of peoples who believe in rights guaranteed by the Constitution. Things such as property rights and the right to bear arms. Or the government’s obligation to secure our borders.

theCork on March 8, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Great job O’Keeffe!
But couldn’t you find a role for someone as cute as Hannah?

Jus’ sayin’

barnone on March 8, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Have her sit at the table in a full burka. Now that would have been icing on the cake!

Caper29 on March 8, 2011 at 10:39 AM

And btw, it’s pretty obvious that O’Keefe used Jedi mind tricks to get Schill to say what he did…

Axeman on March 8, 2011 at 10:29 AM

I don’t even think he needed a JMT. He bought the guy dinner and baited him in with a semi-agreeable conversation thread and it was game/set/match O’Keefe.

ted c on March 8, 2011 at 10:47 AM

but at least the gun-toting taxpayers won’t be forced to pay for Schiller’s activities a moment longer.

I’m one of those gun toting taxpayers, and from what I just read, those 2 execs seem to have some racist, anti semetic views themselves. Isn’t that a huge hypocrisy, not to mention a pot, kettle black thing? hmmmmmmm.

capejasmine on March 8, 2011 at 10:47 AM

I thought O’Keefe was finished?

Cindy Munford on March 8, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Schiller goes on to describe liberals as more intelligent and informed than conservatives. “In my personal opinion, liberals today might be more educated, fair and balanced than conservatives,” he said.

I just want to highlight this as a prime example of someone saying something absolutely bigoted.

They think they can stay bigots as long as they switch to an approved hate target.

Simpleminded and contemptible.

Some other thoughts -

Also, it is interesting how this whole scenario seems a setup for display of anti-semitism but he’s off on his own hobbyhorse.

I come from a family of libs, was raised lib and these people shock even me. As close-minded and prejudiced as my family is/was, they were at least pro-Israel, sheesh.

perries on March 8, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Oh drat, messed up the quote tag, sorry.

perries on March 8, 2011 at 10:49 AM

These people never give up, do they?

Chip on March 8, 2011 at 10:36 AM

They lost their free Viagra yesterday, so now they’re coming for the guns. Tit for tat.

BobMbx on March 8, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Is that Viagra in your pants or are you happy to see me?

Chip on March 8, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Once again, highly educated elites PWNED by back-woods hillbillies.

artist on March 8, 2011 at 10:50 AM

A University also by definition is considered in this country to be liberal. Even though it’s not all liberal; it’s liberal because it’s intellectual, pursuit of knowledge and that is traditionally something that Democrats have funded and Republicans have not funded.

Wow.
So, if Universities were ALL liberal there would be more educated intellectuals in the population?
Thank God.
Yep the underlying theme by Mr. Schiller here is to disparage one entire political group (conservative whites) while consorting with the enemy for a $5 mill payout.
Aspen’s calling, Ronny.
You’ll fit right in there.

OkieDoc on March 8, 2011 at 10:50 AM

The NPR gets $90m a year? That’s nothing! The CBC gets over $1 billion (with a b) a year (though no one is clear on exactly how much) from the Canadian federal government. The stuff they put out makes the NPR look tame by comparison. My dream is to fire all the staff, burn the CBC to the ground and incinerate the rubble. It would be like the storming of the Bastille in 1789, the seizure of the Winter Palace in 1917, the fall of communism in 1989, and the marches on Kabul in 2001 and Baghdad in 2003 – liberation from tyranny.

KillerKane on March 8, 2011 at 10:50 AM

I thought O’Keefe was finished?

Cindy Munford on March 8, 2011 at 10:48 AM

looks like rumors of his demise were awfully premature.

ted c on March 8, 2011 at 10:53 AM

It seems there is more from the tape re: Global Warming Man Made Climate Change.

visions on March 8, 2011 at 10:53 AM

As$headpen’s calling, Ronny.
You’ll fit right in there.

OkieDoc on March 8, 2011 at 10:50 AM

VegasRick on March 8, 2011 at 10:54 AM

So the Teaparty wants to get into everyones personal life….but Sharia doesn’t?

ctmom on March 8, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Last add: If Schiller expensed the meal check, that makes this whole thing “yummy”…

Can’t wait to hear Rush on this today!!

Khun Joe on March 8, 2011 at 10:58 AM

The other difference worth noting here is that in the ACORN and Planned Parenthood stings, O’Keefe & Co. were burning just local office operators, who the intellectual left disdains as much as they do the Tea Partiers, even if it is in a more patronizing manner. They may not have said it publicly, but their mindset was that James was taking advantage of “stupid” low-level workers, who weren’t smart enough to recognize a cheezy disguise and cover story.

In their minds, really smart liberals — the kinds who should always be running the country — would never fall for such a lame scam as the ones the dupes at ACORN and PP fell for. That’s what makes this video even funnier, because it’s not the NPR receptionist or low-level PR flunky getting burned by hidden camera video; it’s two of the organization’s higher-ups getting stung, and doing it just a day after Vivian Schiller felt safe enough to resume making claims of NPR’s non-partisanship.

jon1979 on March 8, 2011 at 10:58 AM

that tape was doctored & manufactured./

poppieseeds on March 8, 2011 at 10:59 AM

“Teh video tape is edited by the racist xenophobic gun-toting racists!!1!”

\default liberal response

Kensington on March 8, 2011 at 11:00 AM

So the Teaparty wants to get into everyones personal life….but Sharia doesn’t?

ctmom on March 8, 2011 at 10:57 AM

It’s working.
/npr

ted c on March 8, 2011 at 11:00 AM

I thought O’Keefe was finished?

Cindy Munford on March 8, 2011 at 10:48 AM

“Will you denounce him or are you teh racist xenophobic gun-clinger, too?”

/MFM chasing teh scoop!

Kensington on March 8, 2011 at 11:02 AM

@ jon1979 on March 8, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Great point. very true.

perries on March 8, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Kensington on March 8, 2011 at 11:02 AM

All I will say is it’s a good thing the meeting wasn’t on a boat. I still haven’t heard any “explanation” for this little jewel.

Cindy Munford on March 8, 2011 at 11:05 AM

KillerKane on March 8, 2011 at 10:50 AM

The BBC gets over 3.2B GBP from the public per year, which dwarfs NPR and CBC put together. They collect money via a license fee which, if you don’t pay, and get caught not paying, you can be fined 1000 pounds, or you could get a jail term. This just one of the many reasons the BBC and my country sucks.

How about them (socialist) apples?

Dino64 on March 8, 2011 at 11:06 AM

That’s what makes this video even funnier, because it’s not the NPR receptionist or low-level PR flunky getting burned by hidden camera video; it’s two of the organization’s higher-ups getting stung, and doing it just a day after Vivian Schiller felt safe enough to resume making claims of NPR’s non-partisanship.

jon1979 on March 8, 2011 at 10:58 AM

score! that’s right. Project Veritas has metamorphosed from the back alley gotcha video, which the left countered with ‘isolated incident’ talk and ‘investigation’ yada yada, and has moved into the realm of the full-Alinsky. O’Keefe sold Schiller enough rope by which to hang NPR with and damned if Schiller didn’t buy, and use every inch of the thing.

ted c on March 8, 2011 at 11:09 AM

All I will say is it’s a good thing the meeting wasn’t on a boat. I still haven’t heard any “explanation” for this little jewel.

Cindy Munford on March 8, 2011 at 11:05 AM

c’mon. Just calculate the time required to consume a waffle while your size 10 is in your mouth./

ted c on March 8, 2011 at 11:10 AM

They really hate us. No H8!

SouthernGent on March 8, 2011 at 11:15 AM

NPR….EPIC FAIL

unseen on March 8, 2011 at 11:16 AM

it’s not hard to imagine what kind of treatment those white, gun-toting, xenophobic Tea Partiers can expect from NPR’s news coverage.

no labels for me, but not for thee….
/npr

ted c on March 8, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Defund this organization as even they admit they will be better off without public funding.

Then, as a private organization, they can pay for their broadcast licenses. After they go up for competative bid, first. Fair is fair: they want to be private, then they don’t get public perks any more and are just another seeker after the broadcast spectrum.

I’m betting they won’t get many stations on the air after that and might become a cable only operation…

ajacksonian on March 8, 2011 at 11:18 AM

“am I recalling that the lady in the Juan Williams flap was named Vivian Schiller? related to this guy? ted c on March 8, 2011 at 9:16 AM

You are correct in the connection, but they are not related according to this link from NPR:

NPR NAMES RONALD J. SCHILLER
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FOR DEVELOPMENT
AND PRESIDENT, NPR FOUNDATION

September 3, 2009; Washington, D.C. – Ronald J. Schiller, currently Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development for University of Chicago, will become NPR’s top fundraiser later this month. NPR’s CEO and President Vivian Schiller announced today that Ron Schiller (they are not related),

though as mentioned above:

Aspen Institute Taps Ronald Schiller As New Head Of Arts Program
Ron is already set to start his new position on April 1, 2011.

It’s not like Schiller is going to loose his job over at NPR over this . . .but NPR will be dealing with quite a bit of indigestion over this revealing video and well as any more that may be released as Veritas deems timely — note this video is only part 1. Heh.

heroyalwhyness on March 8, 2011 at 11:26 AM

The BBC gets over 3.2B GBP from the public per year, which dwarfs NPR and CBC put together. They collect money via a license fee which, if you don’t pay, and get caught not paying, you can be fined 1000 pounds, or you could get a jail term. This just one of the many reasons the BBC and my country sucks.

How about them (socialist) apples?

Dino64 on March 8, 2011 at 11:06 AM

3.2 BILLION pounds? That’s over 5 billion dollars a year. That’s outrageous! And I respected the BBC for putting out some truly excellent WWII documentaries, as well as In Our Time, the history radio program.

Even worse, as you say, are the penalties for not supporting it. The CBC wants that. Yet, recent news stories tell of financial secrecy in that organization. Quite frankly, no one knows how they spend tax money, and they’re hiding behind privilege. Methinks that a criminal investigation is in order.

Years ago I saw a CBC van parked on the street. I spat on it.

KillerKane on March 8, 2011 at 11:27 AM

the Tea Party people aren’t “just Islamaphobic, but really xenophobic, I mean basically they are, they believe in sort of white, middle-America gun-toting. I mean, it’s scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people.”

This is so wrong on so many levels.

De-fund these ignorant,left-wing bigots and let them rely on their Nazi sympathizing friends like Soros.

It is more than ironic that he is being exposed as a fool by the very same Conservatives that he brags about being so superior to.

Baxter Greene on March 8, 2011 at 11:34 AM

And NPR responds…

UPDATE: Here’s the statement from Dana Davis Rehm, senior VP of Marketing, Communications & External Relations at NPR.

The fraudulent organization represented in this video repeatedly pressed us to accept a $5 million check, with no strings attached, which we repeatedly refused to accept.

We are appalled by the comments made by Ron Schiller in the video, which are contrary to what NPR stands for.

Mr. Schiller announced last week that he is leaving NPR for another job.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/weigel/archive/2011/03/08/james-o-keefe-versus-npr.aspx

Deanna on March 8, 2011 at 11:35 AM

This is really how many “intelligent” liberals feel. The leaders in their movement can no longer be reasoned with. No amount of truth will move them because there is no truth–truth has become what they choose it to be. If they retain their power and authority in our political, financial, and educational institutions they will destroy America as we have known it.
 
They must be stopped. Public funding and preferential regulations must end. We must not allow them to use our dollars against us. Voting is no longer enough. Conservative republicans are merely slowing the decay that is rotting us from inside. Get involved and work to end this nonsense.
 
Our hope lies not with a political party but with individuals that value freedom above all else. If you haven’t yet, get involved with your local tea party, help fund them, and start working!

ClanDerson on March 8, 2011 at 11:38 AM

— note this video is only part 1. Heh.

heroyalwhyness on March 8, 2011 at 11:26 AM

heh. npr is in full damage control mode. the ship is taking on water fast…

ted c on March 8, 2011 at 11:40 AM

there it is friends. Keep paying your tax dollars for people like this to treat you and your families like dog sh!t.

ted c on March 8, 2011 at 11:41 AM

What’s shocking is him selling his soul for $5M. He wants to help spread Sharia around the world. Doesn’t he know what they do to women and non believers? Didn’t Juan Williams work for him, and he calls tea partiers racists.
Kissmygrits on March 8, 2011 at 9:04 AM

What’s even more shocking is his ignorance at what Sharia law means to a gay person. From a press release about Mr. Schiller when he first got the NPR gig.

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.

Does he or any other liberal realize that sharia law is NOT at all friendly to gays and in some countries requires the death penalty for homosexual behavior?? It’s like so-called feminists who don’t seem to care that sharia law is about as anti-woman as one can get.

And they think that THEY are the ‘educated’ ones????

Kirin on March 8, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Does he or any other liberal realize that sharia law is NOT at all friendly to gays and in some countries requires the death penalty for homosexual behavior?? It’s like so-called feminists who don’t seem to care that sharia law is about as anti-woman as one can get.

And they think that THEY are the ‘educated’ ones????

Kirin on March 8, 2011 at 11:42 AM

All they really care about is whether they will vote democrat and help push the liberal agenda.

Baxter Greene on March 8, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Funding won’t be touched.

rrpjr on March 8, 2011 at 11:46 AM

The fraudulent organization represented in this video repeatedly pressed us to accept a $5 million check, with no strings attached, which we repeatedly refused to accept.

What is “fraudulent” is the idea that NPR is an intelligent,independent,and un-biased news source.

Baxter Greene on March 8, 2011 at 11:48 AM

NPR is not biased.

/inconceivable stupidity

Scrappy on March 8, 2011 at 11:50 AM

KillerKane on March 8, 2011 at 11:27 AM

You spat on a CBC van? I like your style! I’ll remember that move when I next see a BBC license fee detector van!

Check out this link: http://biased-bbc.blogspot.com/. It’s a really great little blog about how the BBC are spewing out lefty propaganda from every orifice.

Now, if only we could find a BBC version of Ron Schiller to film…hey, I can dream can’t I?!

Dino64 on March 8, 2011 at 11:50 AM

NPR is so busted. This story has gone viral fast.

BTW, Ron Schiller has suddenly found work elsewhere:
http://currentpublicmedia.blogspot.com/2011/03/ron-schiller-exiting-npr-for-aspen.html

WannabeAnglican on March 8, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Sorry, I see others have already posted about Schiller’s job change.

WannabeAnglican on March 8, 2011 at 12:01 PM

NPR is so busted. This story has gone viral fast.

WannabeAnglican on March 8, 2011 at 11:57 AM

C-BS Radio “News” actually mentioned it on their 12 noon EST “newscast”. I almost choked on my jamabalaya. (Speaking of which, Happy Fat Tuesday).

Del Dolemonte on March 8, 2011 at 12:06 PM

I’m digging these undercover sting operations. They’ve taken out ACORN, done serious damage to Planned Parenthood, and now have gone after NPR(and O’Keefe is behind 2 of those).

Now if we could only find a way to sneak some cameras into newsrooms at ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN, we could get some real smoking guns.

Doughboy on March 8, 2011 at 9:01 AM

You know, this just might be the only way to drive a stake through their heart. Don’t know if it could happen, but a wonderful idea!

silvernana on March 8, 2011 at 12:08 PM

And NPR responds…

Good Gaia, reading the comments, these NPR types are a smarmy bunch. Trust me, NPR listeners. More often than not, that Poli Sci degree does not make you intellectual material.

MNHawk on March 8, 2011 at 12:14 PM

The liberal comments are all about two things:
One, it is probably edited to make it look worse.
Two, NPR didn’t accept the money.
Okay then….Liberals…it’s okay to be a bigot as long as you don’t take any money for it.

Deanna on March 8, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Schiller and Liley had their pitch down pat. As if productive fundraising lunches with representatives of the Brotherhood are comfortably routine.

Kenosha Kid on March 8, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Is Ronald Schiller, Vivian Schiller’s brother? Or is there any other relation? i’m wondering if those views run in the family.

OxyCon on March 8, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Oh, the hypocrisy of NPR is shown for what it is….

DL13 on March 8, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Scratch that question…just read the other NPR article.

OxyCon on March 8, 2011 at 12:25 PM

If the educated elites received the Truth during their school years, they might have a better reason to look down their noses at “us uneducated, gun totin’, Bible thumpin’, racist homophobic bumpkins,” but, unfortunately for the the U.S. and the rest of the world, they are victims of GIGO, which is an acronym for Garbage In, Garbage Out.

DL13 on March 8, 2011 at 12:31 PM

WTF? Angie’s List? How is that possible?

BobMbx on March 8, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Angie’s List – started by Communists and funded by Soros

silvernana on March 8, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Holy crap. I have this strange feeling of glee, outrage, hope and curiosity. What a great video. And the day after NPR’s CEO gives her remarks on their objectivity. Priceless.

This. Oh, my, OUCH.

Bob's Kid on March 8, 2011 at 12:53 PM

silvernana on March 8, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Advertises on Laura Ingraham.

Cindy Munford on March 8, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Angie’s List – started by Communists and funded by Soros

silvernana on March 8, 2011 at 12:39 PM

I’m going to retract the above because I haven’t been able to find the info. I did read it somewhere credible or heard Glenn talk about it, but am pretty sure it is Soros funded.

silvernana on March 8, 2011 at 12:54 PM

God Bless James O’Keefe…and the Simon Templar nom de reporter sort of hilarious.

This, I trust, will seriously wound the boring beast that is NPR.

Shivas Irons on March 8, 2011 at 1:10 PM

N ot
P lausible
R eporting

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2011 at 1:36 PM

The liberal comments are all about two things:
One, it is probably edited to make it look worse.

Two, NPR didn’t accept the money.

Okay then….Liberals…it’s okay to be a bigot as long as you don’t take any money for it.

Deanna on March 8, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Of course, these same people had no problem with ABC “News” editing Charlie Gibson’s Palin interview to make her look bad.

They’re just mad that NPR got caught.

Del Dolemonte on March 8, 2011 at 1:44 PM

I just want to know, did they get the free NPR tote-bag for their $5 million donation?

PatMac on March 8, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Another uncovered video

NPR’s Commie Betsy Liley Shows Us Why It Should Have It’s Funding Pulled

Nearly Nobody on March 8, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Limbaugh is finally talking about this story.

Del Dolemonte on March 8, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Has Betsy Liley or Ron Schiller made any statement as to the video?

d1carter on March 8, 2011 at 2:15 PM

I hope O’Keefe inspires scores, heck thousands of other folks to do the same thing.

Lets defund NPR and PBS now.

dogsoldier on March 8, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Comrade Elmo over at PBS has cooked up a money scheme for NPR. It’s a line of Marxist puppets marketed to NPR listeners. There’s the Obama puppet, the Moochelle puppet and their shady puppet pals Rahm, Trumka and Wise Latina.

viking01 on March 8, 2011 at 2:22 PM

The BBC gets over 3.2B GBP from the public per year, which dwarfs NPR and CBC put together. They collect money via a license fee which, if you don’t pay, and get caught not paying, you can be fined 1000 pounds, or you could get a jail term. This just one of the many reasons the BBC and my country sucks.

How about them (socialist) apples?

Dino64 on March 8, 2011 at 11:06 AM

It stinks, although it’s very easy to get away without paying. I never once had a license fee, but they would send the license inspector to my place every now and then. You simply don’t let them in. They would try all kinds of crap to get me to come downstairs – one time they rang on my buzzer and said they were from the Royal Mail with a package for me. I said I wasn’t expecting anything, but they insisted. After a fruitless back-and-forth the guy admitted he was from TV licensing, at which point I opened my window, leaned out and turned the air blue between me and him. He left.

They even have the power to seize the sales records of retailers to find out who’s bought a new TV. It’s amazing how the British have put up with it for so long, although support for the BBC is waning.

Sharke on March 8, 2011 at 2:47 PM

“The educated, so-called elite in this country is too small a percentage of the population, so that you have this very large uneducated part of the population that carries these ideas,” said Schiller. “It’s much more about anti-intellectualism than it is about (politics).”

This is the perfect example of how liberals see themselves and how they see the rest of the country. This is also why liberalism is so susceptible to authoritarianism. They feel they are particularly gifted to guide the ‘others’ to where the nation needs to be.

sharrukin on March 8, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Sharke on March 8, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Wow! That is really messed up! I never knew about the licensing fee stuff – that is AMAZING! Amazingly scary that is!
You Brits are making Orwell proud for your tolerance of population control. Sad. Just sad.

KMC1 on March 8, 2011 at 3:02 PM

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again……

Over the years, I’ve seen many a Hollywood movie where some idealistic lone wolf reporter/private eye/attorney takes on “the powers that be” and brings down some prominent Republican politician/corporate CEO/religious figure/military general.

Well here we are in the age of flip cams and YouTube, where these lone wolf take downs of the powerful are easier than ever before. And what do we see? We see idealistic lone wolf CONSERVATIVES taking down powerful LIBERALS.

And it makes perfect sense, because idealistic liberals don’t need to be lone wolfs. They can just join the MSM which is wholly devoted to bringing down powerful Conservatives and protecting powerful Liberals. So considering how sqeamish the Republican party is when it comes to using the same kind of guerilla tactics that the Democrats employ, along with the Liberal bias of the MSM, the only candidates for bringing down powerful Liberals are lone wolf Conservatives.

ardenenoch on March 8, 2011 at 3:49 PM

It’s time to stop funding NPR’s anti-Christian bigotry!

Kjeil on March 8, 2011 at 4:06 PM

I don’t think I’ve ever heard something as damning as this man’s point of view. Why is he even allowed to be in charge of any media outlet at all? He’s pretty disgusting.

jeanie on March 8, 2011 at 4:21 PM

I for one am more than happy to help NPR out by ending their receipt of federal funds.

hawksruleva on March 8, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Happy O’Keefe Day everyone!

Sharke on March 8, 2011 at 4:51 PM

I must confess to laughing at the misfortunes of others, these video stings crack me up. Smug, smarmy libs!

I think their acceptance of Sharia comes from their feeling that they are too superior to be impacted by Sharia, and condescendingly accept influencing votes. They tend to think any & ALL religion is stupid. So to them, Muslims would be ignorant fools, temporarily useful.

jodetoad on March 8, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Liberals want federal funding for NPR and PBS at the same time they argue for the “Fairness Doctrine” to silence independent conservative voices who receive no funding at all from the taxpayers. Hypocrites.

Ron Schiller is precisely what NPR and the left are – arrogant, elitist thugs who want to silence everyone who doesn’t get in line with the totalitarian left.

Django on March 8, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Its amazing how bold these Liberals are,
and,are showing their true colours!

canopfor on March 8, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Mr. Obvious strikes again.

CWforFreedom on March 8, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Well, if they’re better off without the funding, let’s help ‘em out. Because, I’m all about helping the left!

Pablo Snooze on March 9, 2011 at 10:10 AM

if liberals are so much smarter than conservatives then why do they keep falling for these stings?

zoyclem on March 9, 2011 at 11:52 AM

— note this video is only part 1. Heh.

heroyalwhyness on March 8, 2011 at 11:26 AM

heh. npr is in full damage control mode. the ship is taking on water fast…

ted c on March 8, 2011 at 11:40 AM

If there is a part 2, shiller knows what’s in it. He knows what he said. He knows what’s coming. I have no doubt he’s told the other elites at NPR.

Will they just wait it out, or will they try some preemptive damage control? If the latter, we’ll have a pretty good idea soon what’s in part 2. hehehehe

runawayyyy on March 9, 2011 at 1:36 PM

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