In response to the hidden camera video shot by James O’Keefe of former NPR Executive Ron Schiller calling members of the Tea Party amongst other things “seriously racist” and “xenophobic,” Dana Davis Rehm, NPR’s Senior Vice-President of Marketing, Communications and External Relations issued a statement indicating that NPR is “appalled by the comments made by Ron Schiller in the video, which are contrary to what NPR stands for.”
Yet I suspect that what Ms. Rehm and company at NPR are really “appalled” by is Schiller’s additional commentary that NPR “would be in the long run better off without federal funding.”
Frankly, I would be shocked if an NPR Executive didn’t believe the Tea Party was seriously racist and xenophobic.
The time has come for NPR to compete in the marketplace just like every other radio network in the country.
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