Video Shows NPR Exec Ripping Tea Party, Conservatives
March 8, 2011 at 12:35 PM (PT)
A conservative activist's hidden-camera video showing NPR SVP/Fundraising RON SCHILLER ripping the REPUBLICAN PARTY and Tea Party has led to a firestorm of criticism from conservative groups. SCHILLER has left the network, although SVP/Communications and External Relations DANA DAVIS REHM said in a statement that SCHILLER resigned for another job at the ASPEN INSTITUTE before the video surfaced.
The video, by controversial prankster JAMES O'KEEFE's "PROJECT VERITAS," shows SCHILLER talking to two men posing as Muslims seeking to donate $5 million to NPR and telling them that the Tea Party members are not "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" who have hijacked the REPUBLICAN PARTY. "In my personal opinion," SCHILLER says in the video, "liberals today might be more educated, fair and balanced than conservatives." He also equated having Muslim voices in schools and on the air to having female voices there.
REHM released a statement saying, "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."
The video is surfacing as NPR is aggressively defending its share of public funding through the CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING against Republican-led de-funding efforts in Congress and the Senate.