NPR Overreacts to Spin and Win Entrapment
I am of the opinion that this is a free speech issue and Ron Schiller is entitled to say whatever he thinks. If Republicans or Tea Partyists do not like that, then I guess they have issues with our Constitution and the First Amendment that guarantees the right to free speech. Now that IS a problem.
I believe the CEO Vivian Schiller (no relation to Ron Schiller), overreacted by resigning rather than standing firm for free speech. I am also for making NPR an independent network so the blackmailing and insults will cease over public funding. I support NPR with $$$ and want it to survive as it is one of the finest news organizations in the world. George Soros, where are you when we need you?
LA Times reports:
They came as part of a recent lunch in Washington Schiller had with two men posing as members of the “Muslim Action Education Center,” a fictitious organization the men claimed had ties to the “Muslim Brotherhood of America.”
In the video, which can be seen on the Web, Schiller also says NPR “would be better off in the long run without federal funding” and that that the tea party is a movement that is “fanatically involved in people’s lives,” “fundamentalist Christian” and “xenophobic” and that it has “hijacked” the Republican Party.
The existence of the video was reported by The Daily Caller, a political-news website, Tuesday.
In response, Dana Davis Rehm, NPR’s senior vice president of marketing, communications and external relations, said the organization is “appalled by the comments made by Ron Schiller in the video, which are contrary to what NPR stands for.”
Schiller had already announced plans to leave NPR prior to the controversy. Rehm also said that the phony Islamic organization tried to press NPR “to accept a $5-million check, with no strings attached, which we repeatedly refused to accept.”
NPR is in the midst of a fight on Capitol Hill, where some Republicans want to strip it of all federal support. Congress does not appropriate money specifically for the organization, but rather sends money to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Schiller’s statement on federal funds is at odds with NPR’s official position on the matter.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) reacted by saying, “As we continue to identify ways to cut spending and save valuable resources, this disturbing video makes clear that taxpayer dollars should no longer be appropriated to NPR.