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  posted on 3/8/2011 at 07:58 PM
Yep, liberals are more intelligent, and here's proof. "Unbiased" NPR psuedo-intellectualism on parade.

But hey, everybody knows that you gots to watch out for 'em Jews in the newspaper business.


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http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/weigel/archive/2011/03/08/npr-puts-r on-schiller-on-administrative-leave.aspx

NPR Cans Ronald Schiller
Posted Tuesday, March 08, 2011 5:34 PM | By David Weigel
That, from the new statement from NPR's Dana Rehm, is the shoe that took all day to drop. The entire statement, which also clarifies that Schiller decided to leave before the sting occurred:

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.





http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-npr-conservative-sting-20110308, 0,7411475.story

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Said Juan Williams, “The rank hypocrisy of his remarks was telling for me. They will say things to your face about how there’s no liberal orthodoxy at NPR, how they play it straight, but now you see it for what it is. They prostitute themselves for money.”

Williams said Schiller’s remarks about the Jews dominating the newspaper industry was “outright anti-Semitism,” and labeling Tea Party members “gun-toting” “racists” reveals “their real feelings.” This is how they talk in boardrooms and editorial meetings, explained Williams. “This is how they really feel.”

In case you need a refresher here's what Schiller said about Jews in the media: "I don't find that at NPR, the Zionist or pro-Israel. Even among funders....I mean it's there in people who own newspapers, obviously, but no one owns NPR. I don't find it."



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  posted on 3/8/2011 at 11:03 PM
O'Keefe rings up another one. Take out the trash.

 

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  posted on 3/8/2011 at 11:27 PM
Schiller said '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'? Wow!

 

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Yep, liberals are more intelligent, and here's proof.


I don't know about that, but certainly James O'Keefe's pathetic existence does suggest a complete moral bankruptcy and cowardice amongst the opposition.

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Schiller said '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'? Wow!



I know, isn't it wild when people express personal opinions in private conversation? Let's also be clear: these personal opinions are all completely true. The Tea Party is Christian. It is xenophobic. It is overwhelming the traditional Republican party and platform. It does inspire fanaticism in its followers. Even when placed in scare quotes, his statements are all true.

Now would one of you kindly point out the part where he's being anti-Semitic? Because from the quotes that just sounds like a bald-faced lie invented by some disgruntled former employee.

 

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Now would one of you kindly point out the part where he's being anti-Semitic? Because from the quotes that just sounds like a bald-faced lie invented by some disgruntled former employee.


You mean where he blatantly says that there are NO zionists or Pro-Israel workers at NPR as it is unlike the Jewish dominated newspaper business?? All in the spirit of NPR being unbiased and objective source of news, of course. Then what the hell did Sanchez at CNN get fired for??

Once again folks, as we have seen since Obama was elected - if it is a liberal who throws the Jewish sterotypes around - like, all good, man!

What a joke.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2011 at 06:56 AM
When I read what was actually said in context, I do not get the slant you got. He does not believe NPR as an organization is slanted toward Israel; he does not say NO ONE there is. He suggests that there are pro-Israel newspaper owners, indiivdiuals.


That line blurs, however, when he begins talking about Zionist and Jewish influence in the media:
When the ersatz Islamists declare they’re “not too upset about maybe a little bit less Jew influence of money into NPR,” Schiller responds by saying he doesn’t find “Zionist or pro-Israel” ideas at NPR, “even among funders. I mean it’s there in those who own newspapers, obviously, but no one owns NPR.”

Liley chimes in at this point to add that, “even one of our biggest funders who you’ll hear on air, The American Jewish World Service, may not agree with us. I visited with them recently and they may not agree with what we put on the air but they find us important to them and, sometimes it’s not that easy to hear what we say and what our reporters say, but they still think NPR is important to support.”

Schiller added that “they [the American Jewish World Service] are really looking for a fair point of view and many Jewish organizations are not.”

When the potential donors mention Zionist funding of the media, Schiller responds that “it’s there in people who own newspapers, obviously. But nobody ‘owns’ NPR.” It’s not clear whether Schiller actually agrees with what the fake potential donors are saying or whether he was simply pandering to them.


 

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The Tea Party is Christian. It is xenophobic. It is overwhelming the traditional Republican party and platform. It does inspire fanaticism in its followers


So a few of the themes they focus on are less government and the borders being sealed from illegal immigrants and that makes the whole movement racist and xenophobic (and no jews, well how could you in a racist movement)? That’s certainly an easy way to discredit a large swath of people in this country.

So when did you stop beating your wife?

 

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So a few of the themes they focus on are less government and the borders being sealed from illegal immigrants and that makes the whole movement racist and xenophobic (and no jews, well how could you in a racist movement)? That’s certainly an easy way to discredit a large swath of people in this country.



Yeah. That never happens.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2011 at 09:58 AM
In reviewing the lastest "gotcha" moments of this type...

Republican Governor gets pranked where he thinks he's talking to a more-money-than-God donor and corporate giant, practically fellates the donor on the phone and the right...doesn't care.

Conservative slimy hidden camera guy gets some dude at NPR on tape saying stupid $hit...the right melts down.

Good times, man. Good times.

 

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Yeah. That never happens.


Yeah, you liberals are going to kill us!! You bad communists.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2011 at 10:16 AM
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Yeah. That never happens.


Yeah, you liberals are going to kill us!! You bad communists.


Hell, check the comments in the first post of this thread.

 

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Republican Governor gets pranked where he thinks he's talking to a more-money-than-God donor and corporate giant, practically fellates the donor on the phone and the right...doesn't care.

Conservative slimy hidden camera guy gets some dude at NPR on tape saying stupid $hit...the right melts down.


The Republican governor doesn't get $26,000,000 in public funds, but thanks for telling us what we should care about.

 

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Republican Governor gets pranked where he thinks he's talking to a more-money-than-God donor and corporate giant, practically fellates the donor on the phone and the right...doesn't care.

Conservative slimy hidden camera guy gets some dude at NPR on tape saying stupid $hit...the right melts down.


The Republican governor doesn't get $26,000,000 in public funds, but thanks for telling us what we should care about.



No - he gets BILLIONS in tax dollars from the taxpayers of Wisconsin, and it is his moral and legal obligation to distribute those tax monies in a fair, legal and equitable manner, not one in which ONE individual campaign contributor benefits as a direct consequence of what in essence is legalized bribery.

But based on your above comment, apparently you have a different view.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2011 at 11:18 AM
Well it's pretty clear there's no anti-Semitism there so let's just drop that lie. If you all want to pretend to be so deeply wounded by this man offering his personal opinion on the Tea Party, well who am I to question your limitless capacity for false victimization? But his personal opinion happens to be shared by a good number of citizens so let's not even try to paint him as some deviant. He's just a guy who had the temerity to offer an honest opinion in private conversation to another guy who (once again) turned out to be a surreptitious scumbag.

Also I find the Rick Sanchez and Juan Williams comparisons laughable. Those were public figures who made indefensible comments on television, for public consumption. Sanchez claimed Jews were not a minority because they controlled the TV studios. Williams claimed he's unable to fly with a Muslim without being fearful that they are terrorists. These men lost their jobs because their jobs required them not to broadcast stupid, offensive things. In Williams's case, he's at Fox now so he can broadcast all the stupid, offensive things he wants with total impunity. This NPR guy lost his job not because he said something stupid or offensive in public, but because he shared an opinion that you disagree with in private. He was not an anchor or commentator. He wasn't even involved in the news department. He was just another random guy who fell victim to the petty schemes of some criminal with a tape recorder, editing software, and no conscience or decency.

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Well it's pretty clear there's no anti-Semitism there so let's just drop that lie. If you all want to pretend to be so deeply wounded by this man offering his personal opinion on the Tea Party, well who am I to question your limitless capacity for false victimization?


Right, but Juan Williams claims that these feelings are the rule not the exception at NPR. As someone who has seen NPR from the inside, I'll trust his word. Not yours. NPR views conservatives as "anti-intellectual" then claims objectivity? Sorry. They are not entitled to another dime of taxpayer funding.

 

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Well it's pretty clear there's no anti-Semitism there so let's just drop that lie. If you all want to pretend to be so deeply wounded by this man offering his personal opinion on the Tea Party, well who am I to question your limitless capacity for false victimization?


Right, but Juan Williams claims that these feelings are the rule not the exception at NPR. As someone who has seen NPR from the inside, I'll trust his word. Not yours. NPR views conservatives as "anti-intellectual" then claims objectivity? Sorry. They are not entitled to another dime of taxpayer funding.


You mean conservative tax payer money.

 

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Well it's pretty clear there's no anti-Semitism there so let's just drop that lie. If you all want to pretend to be so deeply wounded by this man offering his personal opinion on the Tea Party, well who am I to question your limitless capacity for false victimization?


Right, but Juan Williams claims that these feelings are the rule not the exception at NPR. As someone who has seen NPR from the inside, I'll trust his word. Not yours. NPR views conservatives as "anti-intellectual" then claims objectivity? Sorry. They are not entitled to another dime of taxpayer funding.


NPR has stated they do not share this guys views, sorry that you missed that.

 

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Well it's pretty clear there's no anti-Semitism there so let's just drop that lie. If you all want to pretend to be so deeply wounded by this man offering his personal opinion on the Tea Party, well who am I to question your limitless capacity for false victimization?


Right, but Juan Williams claims that these feelings are the rule not the exception at NPR. As someone who has seen NPR from the inside, I'll trust his word. Not yours. NPR views conservatives as "anti-intellectual" then claims objectivity? Sorry. They are not entitled to another dime of taxpayer funding.


NPR has stated they do not share this guys views, sorry that you missed that.




Sure they don't, and Williams is a well-known pathological liar.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2011 at 12:12 PM
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Well it's pretty clear there's no anti-Semitism there so let's just drop that lie. If you all want to pretend to be so deeply wounded by this man offering his personal opinion on the Tea Party, well who am I to question your limitless capacity for false victimization?


Right, but Juan Williams claims that these feelings are the rule not the exception at NPR. As someone who has seen NPR from the inside, I'll trust his word. Not yours. NPR views conservatives as "anti-intellectual" then claims objectivity? Sorry. They are not entitled to another dime of taxpayer funding.


So based on the word of Juan Williams, a disgruntled former employee if ever there was one, you're condemning the entirety of NPR as being anti-Semitic whores? I guess that's OK (albeit unreasonable and ridiculous), but can't you just admit it has nothing to do with Viv Schiller Ron Schiller or Juan Williams and everything to do with the fact that you don't agree with what you perceive to be NPR's slanted perspective?

While AO cries some more about how NPR is destroying America, they fired Schiller (before the story even came out, mind you), and their CEO resigned. A few people lost their jobs over this silliness, just so NPR can reasonably claim an objective perspective. So really, your side won. You should be celebrating. Instead you're still whining about defunding NPR. Because it's not about whether you were offended by these comments, or whether you feel employees of news networks should be allowed to have opinions, it's about silencing a voice you disagree with.


 

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Because it's not about whether you were offended by these comments, or whether you feel employees of news networks should be allowed to have opinions, it's about silencing a voice you disagree with.


Yeah, but do it the other way and Derek will be posting whiny post after whiny post regarding "fairness doctrine" and how the Left is censoring the Right.

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I read an article that indicates NPR is going to forego federal funding.....good. I'll be glad to have government out of the news. I may not like what someone says, but free speech is free speech, like it or not.

 

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Republican Governor gets pranked where he thinks he's talking to a more-money-than-God donor and corporate giant, practically fellates the donor on the phone and the right...doesn't care.

Conservative slimy hidden camera guy gets some dude at NPR on tape saying stupid $hit...the right melts down.


The Republican governor doesn't get $26,000,000 in public funds, but thanks for telling us what we should care about.


Who is telling you what to care about?

 

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Instead you're still whining about defunding NPR. Because it's not about whether you were offended by these comments, or whether you feel employees of news networks should be allowed to have opinions, it's about silencing a voice you disagree with.


NPR should be defunded, but I don't care about them being silenced. If anything, I want them around because they can't seem to stay out of their own way. I maintain my position that any organization that disparages roughly half the population should not depend on the public for funding, but that's just me. A great product always finds consumers, so they shouldn't have any trouble surviving in the marketplace.

Truth be told, I'm much more concerned about that damn Tea Party tampering with my personal life!

 

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Some NPR affiliates would survive without federal funding. Some would not. The end result would be less NPR available to Americans. Given the paltry amount of funding they are receiving it seems more than a little petty and vindictive to threaten to remove that funding because of either the private comments of an executive, or the perception that their coverage is slanted.
 

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I would add that NPR also provides services, via their local affiliates, that are otherwise unavailable or deemed not profitable by private, for profit radio stations. A perfect example of this is NCPR (North Country Public Radio) based in Canton, NY. This NPR affiliate provides services to a very large portion of the Adirondack Park (a vast area) and the North Country. These services include emergency broadcasts, public warnings, weather reports, school closings, etc. I suspect this is quite common in many rural parts of this vast country of ours. Please keep in mind that there's more to Public Radio than the talk radio the Right seems to have a hard on about. And given the money spent on NPR ($420 Million last year) is less than what the Pentagon spent on it's marching bands last year nationwide (approximately $500 plus million), I'd say NPR is a relative bargain.
 
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