O’Keefe: More NPR videos are on the way; Update: Obama still committed to funding NPR; Update: PBS says it met with O’Keefe’s fake donors too

posted at 5:33 pm on March 9, 2011 by Allahpundit

Not the first time he’s sprung this trap on one of his targets. Remember when video of the first ACORN prostitution sting came out, and everyone assumed that it was an isolated incident — until footage taken at offices in other cities started rolling off the assembly line?

My first assumption when I read this was that he must have more footage of Ron Schiller. But if so, it would have to have come from a second meeting: Remember, O’Keefe’s already released the full two-hour video of the conversation everyone saw yesterday. So either Schiller doubled down later or … other NPR employees spouted off at other meetings? Hmmmmm.

“We’re not done releasing footage,” O’Keefe told Newsmax in an exclusive interview Tuesday. “We have more investigative material that we’re going to release.

“I’m not really going to comment on it yet, but I think it will be very interesting to see what happens with this story as it develops,” he promised…

Asked to elaborate on the additional revelations he plans, O’Keefe confirmed the additional disclosures involve NPR, but would not say whether they stem from the same meeting involving Schiller and Liley.

“But stay tuned, and you’ll see,” he told Newsmax. “I want to see if NPR tells the truth about what is going on. I want to see how they tell the truth, and then we’re going to release more information. So we’ll see what happens.”

Liberals were grousing this morning on Twitter that NPR was too quick to toss Vivian Schiller under the bus, but in light of what O’Keefe’s saying, I wonder if NPR already knows that the problem is bigger than the public realizes. Could be that other employees, after watching the video, came forward yesterday and told management, “I recognize them, they suckered me too,” which would send the board of directors into serious damage control mode. By pushing out Vivian Schiller, they blunt the fallout from future videos by being able to say they’ve already taken draconian steps to address the problem, etc. Just a theory, but it would explain the quick axe-ing.

For your viewing pleasure, here’s Juan Williams on Hannity last night grinding the two Schillers’ faces in this. His theory for why Vivian had to go is the same as the one offered today by NPR’s ombudsman in an online chat — namely, that after l’affaire Williams and her offhand comments about him talking to a therapist and now this, the employees there were simply tired of being embarrassed.

Update: Do we really need to defund NPR? C’mon — we’ve got cash to spare.

“Everyone agrees that we need to cut spending. The president put forward a budget that does that in dramatic fashion,” Carney said. “We also — that budget also contains within it the president’s priorities, and we’re working with Congress to find common ground, as you know, on the broader budget issues. But we believe that — or rather, we do not support calls to eliminate funding for National Public Radio and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, as is evidenced by our budget.”

B-b-b-b-but how will NPR survive without government dough? Read this excellent Michael Barone piece for an answer. (Or this VDH post, making the same point.) It’ll survive the same way the National Trust for Historic Preservation survived after it weaned itself off federal funding in the 90s — through user donations, which will free it up to pursue any agenda it likes without political pressure. The NTHP has thrived ever since, and NPR, which is a much bigger deal on the left, will thrive too. Full speed ahead, Eric Cantor!

Update: So that’s what he meant.

Anne Bentley, a PBS spokeswoman, said PBS’ senior vice president for development, Brian Reddington, attended a lunch with the fake donors in February. She said she had “no sense at all” of whether Mr. Reddington was taped during that lunch; when asked if PBS was concerned about a possible tape surfacing, she declined to comment.

Ms. Bentley said that Mr. Reddington came back from the lunch with “profound concerns about the organization” and began what she called a routine vetting process “when there is an appearance of a conflict of interest and to ensure they meet requirements of transparency and openness.”

Bentley says PBS broke off communication with the group when they couldn’t verify its existence.

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Under any other circumstances O’Keefe would be awarded several Pulitizer’s and other medals honoring his efforts to catch all of these band of thieves and liars.

right2bright on March 9, 2011 at 9:18 PM

right2bright on March 9, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Only if the target was right wing.

Cindy Munford on March 9, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Well at least he has his weekly “meetings” with Eliot Spitzer to keep him in heels.

ronsfi on March 9, 2011 at 9:32 PM

James O’Keefe is not only a genius, he is a courageous
video journalist!

Mark7788 on March 9, 2011 at 9:54 PM

The Saga continues, I can not wait for the next revealing chapter! I love it, I love it, I love it!

IowaWoman on March 9, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Good Lord! Today is like Christmas!!

WhatsRight on March 9, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Juan is about to jump over to the moderate or conservative side, if you ask me.

PattyJ on March 9, 2011 at 10:30 PM

I think it’s a bit of a light bulb moment for Juan Williams. “Ohhhh. So this is how the Tea Party feels when we call them racist, bigot, homophobes.”

Hopefully he puts two and two together and realizes that this dishonest, elite condescension is the driving force in his side’s thinking and policy-making. Every bit of legislation they force on the country is because they think that us stupid unwashed masses don’t know what is best for us.

miConsevative on March 10, 2011 at 2:44 AM

Can’t wait for the sequel – and these people call themselves “intellectuals?” Yea, right.

Done That on March 10, 2011 at 5:01 AM

The pathetic ABC interview of James O’Keefe by George Steph went pretty much the way one would think: O’Keefe is a “discredited” journalist because he was arrested and pled guilty to a misdemeanor for trespassing on Federal Property.

Well, la-de-da. Hey! Know who else was a crusader for justice and spent time in prison for his activities? I’ll give you a hint. We just celebrated his birthday with a FEDERAL FREAKIN HOLIDAY:

He was arrested in 1955 during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, along with 155 others, for “hindering a bus” and served two weeks in jail. In 1956, Alabama buses were ordered desegregated.

He was arrested in Albany County, Georgia, on December 16, 1961 as part of mass arrests for civil disobedience, and again when he returned in July, 1962. He was convicted and sentenced to jail. But officials secretly paid his fine and he was released.

He was jailed from April 12 to April 20, 1963 after a protest march in Birmingham, AL after such demonstrations had been prohibited by a court injunction. He famously wrote his “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, which dealt with the need to bring social change by forcing society to confront situations that were legally or morally unjust.

Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_was_Dr_Martin_Luther_King_Jr_arrested#ixzz1GC5XPjE2


BigAlSouth on March 10, 2011 at 6:54 AM

Thanks again, Sean!

Khun Joe on March 10, 2011 at 8:41 AM

and to ensure they meet requirements of transparency and openness.”

Boy, I’d sure like to get a copy of those requirements and see for myself if they’re in compliance.

BobMbx on March 10, 2011 at 10:54 AM

BigAlSouth on March 10, 2011 at 6:54 AM

So true; in the professional Left you are a nobody unless you have a rap sheet.

slickwillie2001 on March 10, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Part 2


Senior Director of NPR Betsy Liley says she may be able to shield from a govt audit $5mm donation from a reporter posing as a donor from Muslim Brotherhood front group.
Was uploaded today

raccoonradio on March 10, 2011 at 4:35 PM

raccoonradio on March 10, 2011 at 4:35 PM

New video released Thursday afternoon indicates National Public Radio intended to accept a $5 million donation from fictitious Muslim Brotherhood front group Muslim Education Action Center (MEAC) Trust – and that the publicly funded radio network might have helped MEAC make the donation anonymously to protect it from a federal government audit. When a man posing as Ibrahim Kasaam asked, “It sounded like you were saying NPR would be able to shield us from a government audit, is that correct?” NPR’s senior director of institutional giving, Betsy Liley, responded, “I think that is the case, especially if you are anonymous….


Del Dolemonte on March 10, 2011 at 4:43 PM

I think it’s a bit of a light bulb moment for Juan Williams.

miConsevative on March 10, 2011 at 2:44 AM

I’ve always liked ole Juan, but gained more respect for him in the last few years. IMV, he’s always been intellectually honest (which sets him apart from 95% of his lefty peers), but with age he seems to become more thoughtful, more insightful, and deeper.

Yep, probably a bit of a light bulb moment for him. Hope so. Heck, others (notably Greta) have grown a lot at Fox. I expect Juan will too. But even if he stays the way he is, he’s one of the good guys, and the left (and USA) would be better off with more like him.

petefrt on March 10, 2011 at 6:38 PM