According to Fox News’ report on the undercover video organized by conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe, some Tea Party groups are calling for an end to government funding of NPR. The video footage shows former NPR senior executive Ron Schiller (who announced last week that he would be leaving NPR to act as director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program and Harman-Eisner Artist-in-Residence Program) and Betsy Liley, NPR’s director of institutional giving, at a meeting with two men from a fictitious, supposedly Muslim Brotherhood-backed organization. During the meeting, Schiller makes several negative remarks about Tea Party members, referring to them as “xenophobic,” “racist” and “gun-toting,” as well as saying that liberals are generally more “fair and balanced” than conservatives.
USA Today is also reporting that Mark Meckler, the national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots (one of the largest groups within the Tea Party movement) points out that, in the video, Schiller “candidly admits” that NPR does not need federal funding before calling NPR a “clearly biased news organization that is out of touch with Americans.”
NPR has since released a statement saying they are appalled by Schiller’s comments, “which are contrary to what NPR stands for.”
Watch Fox News’ report, below:
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