What does it feel like when you have made pompous claims about how “fair and balanced” and non-biased your reporting is and then have a couple of your highest executives caught on tape, stating that Republicans support scary cultural positions and belittling the intellectual sophistication of the majority of Americans — yea more, bemoaning the fact that the majority are “uneducated” and so un-hip as to actually tolerate “evangelical” Christianity?
Welcome to NPR’s Shrove Tuesday celebration.
In a video released this morning by investigative reporter James O’Keefe, Ron Schiller (senior executive at NPR) and Betsy Liley, NPR’s director of institutional giving, are seen meeting with two men who posed as members of a Muslim Brotherhood front group. The Muslim Brotherhood is a radical Islamic faction that supports the worldwide imposition of “sharia law” (requiring strict observance of the laws of the Quran). Given NPR famous disdain for evangelical fundamentalists and radical conservatives who, they claim, are seeking to control the private lives of Americans — you’d think that they would be appalled over a radical Islamic group who wants to impose Islamic law worldwide.
Wouldn’t you? Wouldn’t you?
Well, think again.
Despite the fact that they are speaking to men who claim to be representatives of one of the most radical Islamic groups, Schiller and Liley’s enthusiasm is not dampened when a $5 million donation is dangled before them over their Caesar salads. They jump at the opportunity to denounce the “Tea Party” activists as “racists” and “xenophobes” and lament the fact that most Americans don’t have the wisdom to agree with Liberals (who are obviously more wise and insightful and fair). Their naivete is breathtaking.
And the rest of us get to see what the “open-minded” and insightful elite really think of us when they get to speak their minds.
And seeing that, we’ll happily stick with the “gun-toting” crowd who actually know terrorists when they see them and would be offended if Islamic jihadists thought they are stupid enough to be swayed by sweet talk over lunch.
[Now let us all watch for the indignant response from NPR, denouncing Ron Schiller's views, saying how outraged they are that one of their own thinks this way and how Schiller's views contradict everything NPR stands for and are in no way representative of NPR, blah, blah, etc., etc. Wait for it. It will come.]
And it has:
***Addendum: from the Waddiditellya Dept.
Dana Davis Rehm, NPR’s Senior Vice President for communications and external relations, issued the following statement regarding Schiller’s statements, Tuesday at noon (11:00 CST):
“We are appalled by the comments made by Ron Schiller in the video, which are contrary to what NPR stands for.”
There you have it. Here’s the way you are required to read Rehm’s statement, “We at NPR can’t imagine having anyone associated with us who thinks like Ron Schiller! I can assure you he didn’t pick up those attitudes here! We are APPALLED by him (and how dare you think we wouldn’t be!).”