CHICAGO, March 8, 2011 — NPR executive Tom Schiller was the first to go. Today, amid an embarassing video firestorm, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller (no relation) has just been fired. Ousted. Canned. Or if you prefer, the kindler, gentler euphemism, NPR’s Board of Directors accepted Schiller’s resignation.
The video sting, orchestrated by James O’Keefe’s Veritas Project, reveals the comments of NPR senior executive Ron Schiller during a luncheon meeting with conservative activists posing undercover as two members of a fictitious Muslim organization intent on donating $5 million.
Recorded on hidden camera, Schiller revealed his unabashed journalistic bias:
“The current Republican Party, particularly the Tea Party, is fanatically involved with people’s personal lives,” said Schiller in the video.
He described the movement as “white, middle America, gun-toting.”“They’re seriously racist people.” Schiller also discussed the “anti-intellectual” component of the Republican Party.
“Liberals today might be more educated, fair and balanced than conservatives,” said Schiller.
For decades, left-leaning journalists have hid behind a façade of objectivity. However, conservative complaint about mainstream media bias is now documentable. In this new age of internet media democracy, where the cameras are turned on the reporters themselves, the continuing pretense makes the media maintream a laughing stock. There is no objectivity. There is no balance. There is no journalism.
The idiom bears repeating: Those NPR journalists who live in biased glass houses, shouldn’t throw stones at Fox News.
And they definitely shouldn’t be publicly funded.
Last week, two Republican senators introduced another bill to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which also funds NPR. President Barack Obama had set aside $451 million for public media in his proposed budget for fiscal year 2012. With congressional Republicans renewing efforts to defund NPR and Public Broadcasting, the timing of this video sting could not be worse for the embattled publicly-funded entity which purports to be a “news organization.”
NPR’s arguments have been wearing thin: With trillion dollar deficits mounting, why continue public funds for NPR? Can they still argue, that “the arts” would cease to exist without public funding? Can they still argue that – in an age of internet democracy and satellite radio and digital cable networks slicing and dicing every special interest category – that NPR should continue to be subsidized?
Can Ira Glass and All Things Considered not compete on an equal footing in the real world? Are there not private foundations?
Or Hungarian-American socialist billionaires like George Soros? Doesn’t he hate the Tea Party Movement and the Republicans too?
He already coughed up $1.8 million to hire 100 new NPR reporters last October.
Really, can’t George Soros cough up that extra $451 mill? Then Nationally Prejudiced Radio would be free to be biased – just not at taxpayer expense.
Conservative satirist and commentator William J. Kelly is also a contributor to Breitbart.com and edits the Tea Party Reports for the Washington Times Communities. He is a native from Chicago’s Southside.
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