By Catholic Online
3/8/2011 (4 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
National Public Radio - or NPR, is generally considered to be left of center, liberal and progressive and tolerant of all viewpoints. However - a video has surfaced showing NPR Senior Executive Ron Schiller vehemently denouncing conservatives, the Tea Party movement and Christians.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "The current Republican Party, particularly the Tea Party, is fanatically involved in people's personal lives and very fundamental Christian - I wouldn't even call it Christian. It's this weird evangelical kind of move," Schiller is seen saying. Schiller is the head of NPR's nonprofit foundation.
The video is the work of conservative filmmaker James O'Keefe. In the video, both Schiller and Betsy Liley, NPR's director of institutional giving are seen meeting with two men who are posing as members of a Muslim Brotherhood front group.
The men, who identified themselves as Ibrahim Kasaam and Amir Malik from the fictitious Muslim Education Action Center (MEAC) Trust, met with Schiller and Liley at Café Milano, a Georgetown restaurant, and explained their desire to give up to $5 million to NPR because, "the Zionist coverage is quite substantial elsewhere."
Schiller cuts to the chase. The Republican Party, Schiller says, has been "hijacked by this group." The man posing as Malik finishes the sentence by adding, "the radical, racist, Islamaphobic, Tea Party people." Schiller agrees and declares that the Tea Party people aren't "just Islamaphobic, but really xenophobic, I mean basically they are, they believe in sort of white, middle-America gun-toting. I mean, it's scary. They're seriously racist, racist people."
Schiller describes liberals as more intelligent and informed than conservatives. "In my personal opinion, liberals today might be more educated, fair and balanced than conservatives," he said.
O'Keefe's organization set up a fake Web site for MEAC to lend credibility to the fictitious group. On the phony site, MEAC states that its mission is combating "intolerance to spread acceptance of Sharia across the world." The men posing as Kasaam told Schiller that MEAC contributes to a number of Muslim schools across the U.S. "Our organization was originally founded by a few members of the Muslim Brotherhood in America actually," he says.
Schiller says "I think what we all believe is if we don't have Muslim voices in our schools, on the air," Schiller says, "it's the same thing we faced as a nation when we didn't have female voices."
When the man pretending to be Kasaam suggests to Schiller that "Jews do kind of control the media or, I mean, certainly the Zionists and the people who have the interests in swaying media coverage toward a favorable direction of Israel," Schiller does not rebut him or stop eating.
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