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NPR Execs Talk Smack On Republicans And Tea Party

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In a set-up by controversial Republican filmmaker James O’Keefe, who has released secret videotapes of Planned Parenthood and social services grassroots organization ACORN, two top NPR execs talk some major smack on the Republican party and Tea Party movement.

This doesn't look good for National Public Radio, which receives $90 million of federal tax money each year.

It especially doesn't look good since the foundation is currently defending itself against Congressional Republicans who are trying to cut federal funding for local stations because they believe they are biased.

During a meeting with members of the fictitious Muslim Education Action Center Trust, who claim they want to donate $5 million to public media, the NPR's senior VP of development, Ron Schiller, says the Republican party has been "hijacked" by the Tea Party which are "seriously racist, racist people."


Schiller is particularly flattering toward liberals as he says:

"Liberals today might be more educated, fair and balanced, than conservatives."

We can't argue with that! Ha!

Unfortunately for Schiller, National Public Radio can. Dana Davis Rehm, a spokeswoman for NPR, told the New York Times in a statement:

“We are appalled by the comments made by Ron Schiller in the video, which are contrary to what NPR stands for.”

It looks like these two executives may have been unfairly placed in a situation where they felt they could discuss their own personal beliefs without reflecting negatively on their employers, but decide for yourself and watch the interview above!

Are these two execs biased or were they victims of political entrapment?

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40 comments to “NPR Execs Talk Smack On Republicans And Tea Party”

  1. 1

    NPR is of the same ilk as Limbaugh. Both so biased it is a waste of time to listen to them.

  2. Stepy says – reply to this


    I agree with lalalala

    And furthermore….Perez you would be REJOICING if these were secretly made tapes of conservatives bashing liberals. You would be saying that they deserved to have their true thoughts revealed, etc. Talk about biased!!

    Personally I think no one will really be suprised…..NPR is insanely biased (I still love Wait, Wait, Dont Tell Me tho lol)

    I do hope these guys get what they deserve though….considering NPR is "supposed"to be balanced (even if it isnt)

  3. 3


  4. 4

    You didn't play the whole tape he says thing that are anti-Jew and anti-Muslim.

  5. 5

    Good job throwing your own conservative/Republican-bashing views in there, Perez.

  6. 6

    He's absolutely spot-on re. the anti intellectual/Tea Party retards in the GOP.

    Republicans were never all about religion, back in the day. Now its the party of Palin-ites.

  7. 7

    NPR can suck it! I hate those stuck pedophiles!

  8. 8

    In my opinion Schiller does a good job of differentiating between the Republican Party at large and the Tea Party's specific anti-intellectual movement, which is what's having such a negative effect on the GOP.

    I personally agree with what Schiller says (for the most part at least), and I also think this tape gives very little context for several of his answers. Then he straight-up says "I'm taking off my NPR hat" so it's extremely clear he's giving his personal views and not those of the station.

    I work in radio, and I've studied journalism ethics so while I know it's easier for organizations to do all they can to maintain credibility/objectivity– in this case firing Schiller– I think that's a shame. Even though this was a set-up Schiller kept professional.

    Sidenote: The truth is that if this were the other way around Perez would be screaming bloody murder. It's wrong that the same isn't happening here.

  9. 9

    Re: nycmia – Schiller kept professional. what tape did u watch….he is by far a liberal snob…

  10. 10

    liberals are smarter than conservatives? Pelosi, obama, biden and harry reid are about as dumb as you can get.

  11. rsvp says – reply to this


    This "filmmaker" is an sensationalistic a-hole. He's tromped on several laws in the past and will be sued, no doubt, by his latest victim.

  12. 12

    The Tea Party is a racist, RACIST organization and liberals are more educated, fair and balanced than any conservative ever maybe considered being. The truth is what is is. Why is anyone apologizing for speaking the truth?

  13. 13

    Re: AnnInWonderland – wow ur in wonderland…just b/c ur book smart does not make u better…mean u just dont have any common sense….my wife and family are tea party people and guess what they are hispanic…..so r they racist..no…r u a moron …yes

  14. 14

    ur buddy at npr just showed what a racist he was,,burned like acorn…..

  15. 15

    Re: nycmia – …cont…

    The Tea Party was born out of fear that the US’s financial house is out-of-order, galvanized by the crisis of the Mediterranean countries in Europe, primarily Greece. The media like to condemn the entire movement as racist and stupid, but they extrapolate from the few marginal douchebags that march around with guns and offensive signs, claiming the only reasons for the uprising are ignorance and the fact that there’s a black man in the White House. In fact, the Tea Party has gained longevity is its ability to attract people of disparate political and religious views, coalescing around a single issue: we’re in-debt up to our nose, and there’s nary a political movement that’s proven effective in addressing it. As for Islam, it offers structure and solace to a people that live under despotic and corrupt governance. In the wake of Islamic terrorism, many forget that most Muslims harbor the same dreams and desires of every American…break…

  16. 16

    Re: nycmia – …cont…

    Now, that’s me being intellectually honest and balanced. But as people from my track of thought watch this video, differentiating between the larger Republican Party and its activist factions will be less than an afterthought. As Schiller smugly feigns intellectual superiority, he hobnobs with what he thinks are members of the Muslim Brotherhood, an admittedly anti-Semitic movement. You can say that he was just looking out for NPR’s coffers, working donations, but Schiller’s cozying up to religious radicals is much more dangerous than Perez’s politically correct myopia…break…

  17. 17

    Re: nycmia – …cont…

    In addition, he accuses Juan Williams (a centrist black journalist) of losing credibility by publicly expressing an offensive opinion. Schiller hypocritically elaborates that a journalist is compromised by making bigoted statements, and he was proud that NPR fired Juan Williams in this spirit. This is laughable on its face. It’s in fact anti-intellectual to propagate the notion of William’s bigotry, as Williams was making the opposite point. When Juan Williams, at an airport, noticed a man in obvious Muslim garb, even he himself needed to see past his base instincts and prejudices and remember that statically there are very few Muslims that pose a threat. Agree with him or not (I don’t see how you couldn’t), he was fired for making an honest and enlightened, if not politically incorrect, statement….break…

  18. 18

    Re: nycmia – …cont…

    But all of this misses the elephant in the room. If Schiller was the editor of The Nation magazine, no one would raise an eyebrow (well, maybe David Horowitz). This is NPR, though, National PUBLIC Radio. NPR collects $90 million in federal tax dollars every year. As Schiller says, NPR would be better off without public funds, because they become shackled by a duty, beyond other entities of the free press, to be perfectly balanced and neutral. This is of course impossible, and the fact that NPR collects funds from people that would rarely listen or enjoy NPR is a violation of our governments purpose in collecting tax revenue. As the public slowly realizes that our country has collectively mismanaged our budget, this video exposes NPR as an obvious candidate for of the federal chopping block.

    And that’s probably the most substantive post I’ll ever write on a celebrity gossip-bully blog. Good day, NYCMIA!

  19. 19

    i don't know why you would post about this perez.
    "Liberals today might be more educated, fair and balanced, than conservatives."
    We can't argue with that! Ha!
    ^ that is just extremely rude when around half the country is conservative. hating the opposite party isn't going to get anyone anywhere, it just makes you look ugly. everyone needs to put their egos aside and work things out for gods sake.

  20. 20

    More to point why are taxpayers funding a radio channel in this day and age irregardless of their poliitcal leanings.

  21. 21

    Re: AnnInWonderland – You just made yourself sound like a complete idiot. Congrats.

  22. 22

    They are guilty. Bad for them. But I'm with Stepy - I love Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me.

  23. 23

    shouldn't the question be asked why this man is being recorded in the first place. Looks like the camera is in a bag on the floor. Isn't THAT illegal?

  24. 24

    I'm surprised "Perez" didn't include Schiller's anti-jewish comments in this article too! I sincerely hope this man gets fired!

  25. 25

    @RealRoadRunner: "Hispanics" can be racists as well - ESPECIALLY towards each other. You said that being "booksmart" wasn't important, but if you bothered to crack open a book on race relations in Latin America, you would know the deep-seeded violence and racism that indigenous and afro-latinos have endured at the hands of white "hispanics" as you call them - which, by the way is an offensive imperialist term that seeks to define us by our "white" oppressors. I am resisting the urge to dismiss you as just another ignorant, white, mid-western, racist hick; instead, I will suggest that you take an Ethnic Studies class at your local community college (unless your in Arizona and they have outlawed those classes).

  26. 26

    I believe that Schiller is allowed to have his own opinions about the Republican party even if he works at NPR, lots of government employees have their opinions of the governement and for the most part, Schiller is spot on with the comments he makes…they are racist and they have hi-jacked the republican party. However, I think it's unfair for him to use his position within the NPR to support his own agenda, especially during a meeting with a personal client. However, I totally think he was being set up and it's really unfair that this sort of thing happened to him because he is a well spoken and clearly informed part of the radio station.

  27. 27

    I don't know what the whole outcry is about… first, Schiller expressed his OWN personal views, off the record, which he is certainly entitled to. Second, the man is on point, I mean, let's call it out for what it is…. The tea party is founded on a deep-seated hatred for a Black man being THEIR President. They stay busy tying up time, monies and resources (private and public) in discrediting Obama, from the birthers, to the constitutionalists, etc. Their mission is to project their own fears, ignorance, and insecurities unto the american public by constantly labeling the President as foreign, un-patriotic, muslim, and the anti-christ! Not to mention the ugly remarks repeatedly hurled at the First Lady. It doesn't take a genius to know teabaggers and their ilk are stark raving-mad racists, and are so knee-deep in their own hatred that they don't even realize it! My portfolio indicates that the economy has improved, unemployment is decreasing, so what's the PROBLEM??? No President or First Lady in HISTORY has had to endure such contempt… so let's just cut the crap and act like we know what time it is. Schiller rightfully called out the teabaggers for the hate-mongering demons they are.

  28. 28

    Perez, you're suck a sad little person. You actually thing that liberals are smarter and more educated?? Where'd you get your degree, you raging homo?? I usually never use that word, but I hate you so much that you don't even count as a person to me. I really hope something bad happens to you. You're such a hypocritical, self indulgent, whiny little bitch who was once a huge fatty. And you have to be the ugliest mother f*cker on the planet.

  29. 29

    The bottom line here is that NPR should compete in the market place and not be funded by the gov't - as it is obviously a one sided affair politically. COMPETE IN THE FREE MARKET! P.S. I'm tired of liberals degrading conservative's intellect, just because they don't agree on ideology. It is hypocricy to the fullest in that they claim to be "the open minded" - but ONLY if you agree with them. For shame.

  30. 30

    Re: PerezSux54 – You're not helping the cause when you speak like that. Rise above it.

  31. 31

    Is that the same Congress who spends billions on Nascar endorsements but can't find money for Sesame Street?

  32. 32

    Re: AnnInWonderland – You are a complete dumbass. Spewing your liberal professor's views? The most educated people I know are conservatives. I don't understand how liberals think. Very bizarre.

  33. 33

    These comments are wild! Just because he holds an opinion (freedom of speech right?) doesn't mean the radio station is run that way. What, you expect him not to have opinions? Thats a bit out of touch. I dont know whether someone is conservative or liberal when I meet them - but I do know that Americans are a little on the dumb side - probably because they define themselves wtih one word (conservative - liberal). How about as a country we stop placing ourselves into pre defined groups and start doing the tough work and start educating ourselves on why things are the way they are.

  34. 34

    I'm disappointed. They didn't even take the money! And, they're executives, not editorial staff who are responsible for the news. Last I checked, you have the right to your own opinion and thoughts.


  35. 35

    The Tea Party is about being fed up with the amount of taxation and the amount of "big goverment" in our lives, it is not about either political party, and certainly NOT about racism. 1/3 of the average American's salary goes toward paying taxes…and that's if your lucky enough to have a job!

    Now tell me who is uneducated and un-biased!

  36. 36

    Fuck off Perez. If this was the other way, there would be no question about "entrapment", you would just be calling for their jobs, calling it "a disgusting rant". Your bias and hypocrisy have no limits.

  37. 37

    Re: rsvp – Really? Then I guess he's just like Michael Moore.

  38. 38

    perez..ive been a loyal visitor to this site for years, but i don't know how much more republican bashing I can take. As a republican with a masters degree, I find your comments ridiculously offensive. please consider all of your readers before you continue with the hypocritical political posts..

  39. 39

    You want equality for all and for people not to bully each other, but you are always bashing on conservatives and republicans isn't that a little hypocritical of you?

  40. 40

    I'm not a Tea Party supporter, but I can't wrap my head around the racist claim. I highly recommend Googling 'Herman Cain' and 'tea party'.

    Yes, that is a black man who is topping the the list of Tea Party presidential front-runners.

    Still want to claim racism?