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NO MORE MONEY FOR BIG BIRD?

Updated on March 22, 2011
Super Sleuth
Super Sleuth
Juan Williams
Juan Williams
Fired for comments about Republicans, Tea Party and disclosing NPR didn't need any tax payer money.
Fired for comments about Republicans, Tea Party and disclosing NPR didn't need any tax payer money.
Canned, Vivivan Schiller, CEO
Canned, Vivivan Schiller, CEO
Betsy Liley, assured  reporter she could hide money from terrorists.
Betsy Liley, assured reporter she could hide money from terrorists.

Ending funding for liberal bias

For a very long time conservatives have wanted the government to stop funding National Public Radio and Public Television because of its bias. The trouble is, we all love Big Bird, even we grown ups. Now comes along James O’Keefe super sleuth with the intention of exposing the liberal bias at NPR.

Love him or hate him James O’Keefe has got machismo. He’s the lad that walked into several Acorn offices posing as a pimp and recorded employees offering to help him with his fictional prostitution ring.

Now, posing as a Muslim with the Muslim Brotherhood O’Keefe has been instrumental in the firing of two executives from National Public Radio. First to go was Vivian Schiller, CEO of NPR who was harshly criticized over the firing of Juan Williams in 2009, which resulted in the firing of top newsperson Ellen Weiss.

Going back to the firing of Juan Williams, political analyst who dared to say he becomes nervous when he sees people in Muslim attire on an airplane, and who also went on to say it was wrong to stereotype. That got him fired from NPR and got Ellen Weiss fired over that controversy. It angered a lot of us because Juan Williams is liberal but he is honest, and genuinely nice and he loves his country and we love Juan. (Juan is now making a bunch of money working for Fox News)

The second scandal to hit NPR, and caused the dismissal, or resignation of Vivian Schiller was initiated by James O’Keefe in a restaurant as he posed as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood in a conversation with Ron Schiller. (not related to Vivian) Ron Schiller is Senior Vice President for Development of NPR and President of the NPR Foundation and reported directly to Vivian Schiller.

NewsBusters reports the conversation with O’Keefe wherein Schiller said, “The tea party is fanatically involved in people's personal lives and very fundamental Christian, and I wouldn't even call it Christian; it's this weird evangelical kind of movement. In truth, the tea party movement is mostly interested in budgetary issues” He went on to say, “And not just Islamophobic but really xenophobic. I mean, basically ... they believe in sort of white, Middle America, gun-toting — I mean, it's scary. They're seriously racist, racist people."

As a final slam against the Republican Party he said, "The current Republican Party is not really the Republican Party. It's been hijacked by this group."(meaning the Tea Party)

Schiller further stuck his foot in his mouth when asked what he thought about the goings on in Egypt, and said, "To me, this is representative of the thing that I am ... most disturbed by and disappointed by in this country, which is that the educated, so-called elite in this country is too small a percentage of the population, so ... you have this very large uneducated part of the population that carries these ideas. It's much more about anti-intellectualism than it is about (politics). America, in this poor sap's imagination, is Egypt or maybe Iran.”

Needless to say Ron Schiller, Senior Vice President for Development of NPR and President of the NPR Foundation is now also gone from NPR, but not before he said he didn’t think NPR needed tax payer funding.

So, gone are Ellen Weiss, Vivian Schiller and Ron Schiller . . . . but wait there is more.

Placed on administrative leave is Betsy Liley, NPR's Senior Director of Institutional Giving. James O’Keefe posing as a Muslim from the front group he called Muslim Education Action Center, engaged in a conversation with Liley in which she agreed to take and hide millions of dollars when O’Keefe said he wanted to donate anonymously as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group.

From the Daily Caller are the following statements by Ms Liley. “If you are concerned in any way about that, that’s one reason you might want to be an anonymous donor. And, we would certainly, if that was your interest, want to shield you from that.”

Liley mentioned a precedent at NPR — in more than $80 million in donations from universities.

“As I said, like this guy that I used to work with who gave – where I used to work for the university, I don’t know, $5 or $10 or $12 million, he was just entered into the database as anonymous,” Liley said. “I knew who he was and about five other people did, but there was no paperwork in any official place that identified him as that donor.”

It looks like ending tax- payer funding for NPR may finally be a possibility, which is all fairness would be a good thing. Some folks disagree with the liberal slant, and don’t want their children exposed to the sometimes nonsensical “green” programs and “global warming” nonsense that are pumped into little brains via cartoons and children’s programming.

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    • mslizzee profile imageAUTHOR

      elizabeth 

      7 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      THANK YOU FOR GREAT COMMENTS.I'm hoping that once and for all the government de-funds this outfit. I find their children's propanda especially appalling.

    • Wayne Brown profile image

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Obviously this is an organization that has lost its sense of "mission". It has skewed intentions as opposed to being a true public service organization. I find Mr. Schiller's observations and remarks appalling and so telling of his "better than you" mentality. Obviously he sees himself as the model intellect in America. What a pompous jackass. He should consider moving to England in the hope that his arrogance and down the nose mentality will gain him notice and possibly get him knighted by the queen. I find it funny that these folks who consider themselves so intellectually superior and who are so willing to scheme and implement liberal bias are so easily fooled into demonstrating their true stupidity. That is the sound of my applause in the background. Good Write! WB

    • mslizzee profile imageAUTHOR

      elizabeth 

      7 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      I agree, thank you.

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 

      7 years ago

      Let the marketplace fund them. If they succeed then so be it. If not that's okay too. I believe Big Bird will survive out there without public funding. Stopping this pay out is the right thing to do.

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