Friday, March 11, 2011

A modest wager about NPR funding

Ok, unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard something about this video.

James O'Keefe posed as a potential NPR donor, and extracted the following from Ron Schiller (then president of the NPR Foundation and senior vice president of development):

The current Republican Party, particularly the Tea Party, is fanatically involved in people’s personal lives and very fundamental Christian. I wouldn't even call it Christian; it's this weird evangelical kind of move.

The current Republican Party is not really the Republican Party, it’s been hijacked by this group; that is, not just Islamaphobic but really xenophobic. I mean, basically, they are, they believe in sort of white, middle American, gun toting — I mean, it's scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people.

Besides bashing the Tea Party movement, Schiller also advanced the bigoted stereotype that the media is Jewish-owned and/or has a pro-Israel bias. He and Betsy Liley, another NPR executive at the lunch, both reveled over the joke that NPR stands for “National Palestinian Radio.”

Oh, I forgot to mention....O'Keefe was posing as a donor from the Muslim Brotherhood. 

Ok, all of this skullduggery merely confirms what anyone with one eye and half-sense already knows.  NPR is a seriously biased news organization.  Big deal.  CNN, Fox, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, and the Sunflower County News are all seriously biased news organizations.  Bias is what happens when you sit down and start typing. That's why governments should never be allowed to fund journalism.  

The point of all this is to get the Republicans to defund NPR.  NPR recently fired their only remotely "conservative" commentator, Juan Williams.  One of the money shots from the O'Keefe video is when Schiller affirms that NPR would be better off without government funding. 

NPR has totally crapped in the punch bowl.  They are the leading Statist propaganda tool. 

And the Republican Party will NOT defund them.  Republicans don't cut programs.  They just talk about it. 

I repeat....The Republican Party is going to continue funding NPR.  I'm betting $20.00 to the first commenter that NPR will still be getting government funds until the 2012 elections. 

Any takers? 


Dr Ralph said...

Several sources have pointed out the questionable editing which O'Keefe performed on the raw tapes, including that bastion of liberalism, Business Insider.

Never pass up a half-truth if it supports your world-view.

ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ said...

"Never pass up a half-truth if it supports your world-view."

Leon, you are absolutely correct. Also never miss an opportunity to attack the messenger when he brings tidings unbefitting your world view.

The Whited Sepulchre said...

A bit o' Googling will show you where O'Keefe has done a "dump" of the entire two hours, for everyone's blissful viewing pleasure. He's double-dog-daring anyone to point out which portions were taken out of context.

Pogo said...

Aw, come on Allen. You ain't gonna change Dr Trotsky's "mind" with facts.

Dr Ralph said...

...which is what Business Insider did. Did you even check the link?

ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ: you consider this an attack? Read the link.

Pogo I offered to change my portrait to something more Libertarian-friendly a couple of years ago but had no takers.