H/T Armaros and Atlas
I think the following video, of NPR Foundation’s senior VP for development Ron Schiller and Senior Director of Institutional Giving Betsy Liley, should at the very least, cement the view of National Public Radio as a member in good standing of the Guardian Left.
While there is much in the video that is simply astonishing – such as the NPR Executives’ extreme intolerance and bigotry towards Christians in the U.S. on one hand, and their tolerance towards guests who they understood to be members of a Muslim Brotherhood affiliated group wishing to fund NPR on the other – one thing in particular stands out.
When confronted with the ugly and unmistakable anti-Semitic narrative of Jewish control of the media, these NPR Executives – not long after expressing righteous outrage at the intolerance of “gun-toting”, “anti-intellectual” American Christians – didn’t storm out of the room, and didn’t even angrily denounce such flagrant racism. Indeed, Schiller continued the conversation with these potential funders almost as if nothing had happened.
In addition to the bigotry and hypocrisy, the imperious and condescending attitude of these NPR officials surpasses even the wildest caricatures of the organization.
I simply can’t wait for Michael Tomasky – The Guardian’s blogger on American politics – to try spinning this.
(Update: NPR issued a statement on the video)
The comments contained in the video released today are contrary to everything we stand for, and we completely disavow the views expressed. NPR is fair and open minded about the people we cover. Our reporting reflects those values every single day — in the civility of our programming, the range of opinions we reflect and the diversity of stories we tell.
The assertion that NPR and public radio stations would be better off without federal funding does not reflect reality. The elimination of federal funding would significantly damage public broadcasting as a whole.
Prior to the lunch meeting presented in the edited video, Ron Schiller had informed NPR that he was resigning from his position to take a new job. His resignation was announced publicly last week, and he was expected to depart in May. While we review this situation, he has been placed on administrative leave.