Today, the NPR board dumped their President and CEO Vivian Schiller. The NPR board sees federal funds falling from their grasp. Also today, Ron Schiller was dumped by the Aspen Institute even as yesterday he was forced to resign immediately from NPR.
The double Schiller meltdown at NPR came to a head due to the firing of Juan Williams months ago and a video released yesterday in which Ron Schiller made some very ugly statements. Most of the commentary about the Ron Schiller firing focused on his comment that NPR would be better off without federal funding (which horrified the NPR board which wants federal money) and his regurgitation of Barack Obama’s “bitter” “clinging” hatred of small town America as represented by Tea Party activists.
Ron Schiller attacked the Tea Party with all the gusto of Barack Obama at a private rich man’s fundraiser. That’s because Ron Schiller thought he was at a fundraiser with two Muslim Brotherhood types prepared to donate millions to NPR. As Ron Schiller now knows those “Muslims” were part of a sting operation conducted by renown ACORN killer James O’Keefe (who promises more controversial NPR videos to come).
The James O’Keefe video is disturbing in that it reveals the biases by those who receive tax payer money which comes from Americans – Republicans/conservatives and Tea Party members included.
“The video truly is amazing. There is so much in here. From the “bitter clinger” type of language about uneducated middle class whites who love their guns, to the silence and nodding agreement when the supposed donors bash Israel and Jewish control of the media.
Truly amazing. The left colluding with the Islamists, on film. But that’s just a wild conspiracy theory, right?”
The O’Keefe NPR video was chock full of hate and as Juan Williams said “These people are so rude and condescending… these people are destroying NPR.” The Anti-Defamation League denounced the hatred betrayed on the videotape.