RedTracker| Updated NPR president and CEO Vivian Schiller resigned today in the wake of comments posted by conservative activist James O’Keefe, which which NPR executive Ron Schiller complained the tea party movement as ‘racist’ and ‘xenophobic’ and said NPR would be better off without federal funding. (Note: Ron Schiller and Vivian Schiller are not related. )
James O’Keefe is the master of hidden video investigations including the 2009 ACORN investigation and Lila Rose’s recent investigation of Planned Parenthood. Allegations that he doctors films are rampant, but there is little denial that NPR executive Ron Schiller said:
The current Republican Party is not really the Republican Party. It’s been hijacked by this group that is… not just Islamaphobic but really xenophobic. Basically they are, they believe in sort of white, middle-America gun-toting. I mean, it’s scary. They’re seriously racist people.
O’Keefe is reporting via Newsmax and FOX News that he is prepared to release more embarrassing ‘revelations’ about NPR but he’s waiting to see whether NPR come clean ‘about what is going on’ before he releases more videos.
PBS has released a statement saying that it was contacted by the O’Keefe’s same fake Muslim Education Action Center group that arranged a meeting with NPR.
PBS spokeswoman Anne Bentley said Wednesday that they had an initial conversation with the Muslim Education Action Center but had concerns about the group. She says a PBS executive was contacted, but when PBS couldn’t confirm the organization’s credentials, they halted discussions. via AP
Ron Schiller has resigned his position as head of the NPR Foundation to become the new head of the Aspen Institute arts program.
NPR Muslim Brotherhood Investigation Part 1
Commentary from Others:
NPR fundraisers ignored unmistakable red flags Jonathan Capehart at Washington Post