Analysis Of NPR Sting Video By Glenn Beck Website Raises Ethics Questions
March 14, 2011 at 4:01 AM (PT)
GLENN BECK's THE BLAZE website jumped into the NPR controversy last week, when it ran a story comparing Conservative video prankster JAMES O'KEEFE's edited version of the "sting" on former NPR fundraising executive RON SCHILLER with the unedited footage and called the editing "questionable."
The piece by SCOTT BAKER and video producer PAM KEY notes that the unedited video shows O'KEEFE's phony potential donors downplaying their connection to the Muslim brotherhood -- that SCHILLER's reaction in the edited version to the group's "acceptance of Sharia," was actually a reaction to something else -- made complimentary as well as uncomplimentary comments about Republicans (and his own Republican background), and that other points in the edited video are given different context by the unedited video.
"Anyone looking at the edited version of the PROJECT VERITAS video would be concerned about the conduct and views expressed by the NPR representatives," concluded BAKER. "But should we also be concerned about the deceptive nature of some of the video’s representations?... Even if you are of the opinion, as I am, that undercover reporting is acceptable and ethical in very defined situations, it is another thing to approve of editing tactics that seem designed to intentionally lie or mislead about the material being presented."