If you happen to be a Republican, a Christian, an evangelical, a member of the Tea Party, a gun owner, a Jew or you didn't graduate from one of America's elite institutions of higher education then former NPR Foundation president and vice president for development of NPR Ron Schiller has nothing but disdain for you and your ilk. These attitudes emerge loud and clear in a recent undercover video made by the conservative activist James O'Keefe. This is the same James O'Keefe whose 2009 investigation of ACORN revealed systemic corruption in multiple offices nationwide documenting the facilitation of child prostitution, human trafficking and tax evasion. While I am not particularly thrilled with Mr. O'Keefe's methods this new video only serves to confirm what many of us have suspected for years. Like its sister network PBS, NPR is populated by elitists with an extreme left-wing agenda. And oddly enough in the cost-cutting climate that exists in Washington these days Mr Schiller's remarks just might be the final straw for those in Congress who have been on the fence regarding the continued government funding of NPR.
Here is what Mr. Schiller has to say about those who belong to the Republican Party: "they are not just Islamophobic, 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 are seriously racist, racist people." And what of the Tea Party? In the gospel according to Schiller "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." Now I am not a card-carrying member of the Tea Party but I have been to a couple of their events and I must tell you that Mr. Schiller's description of the movement could not be farther from the truth. Tea Party members are for the most party extremely apolitical. These are the folks who really do make this country work. They are the small business owners and people who toil in the private sector. These individuals go to work everyday, pay taxes and play by the rules. Yes, some of us are religious and some own guns. But that is not the common denominator. We love our country and the principles this nation was founded on. And yes, we worry about a country where 47% of the population pays no income taxes at all! But more than anything we are tired of being labelled racists, homophobes and Islamophobes because we disagree with the policies espoused by the political left in this country that we consider to be highly irresponsible.
Perhaps the most damning remark made by Ron Schiller on this video is the suggestion that NPR would be better off without federal funding. He says: "Frankly, it is very clear that in the long run we'd be better off in the long run without federal funding. And the challenge right now is if we lost it altogether a lot of stations would go dark." So be it Mr. Schiller. I would say that after your remarks NPR's annual $90 million subsidy from U.S. taxpayers is pretty much gone with the wind. Let those who support your point of view make up the difference. That is the way it should be in America. This most recent controversy as well as the firing of Juan Williams back in October are just two of the myriad reasons why I never have and probably never will give one thin dime to NPR. But that does not mean that I hope NPR disappears. On the contrary, I believe that NPR certainly does have a place in the marketplace of ideas. I just don't want to subsidize it. So if the issues you care about most are a woman's right to choose, gay marriage, climate change, so-called immigration reform and political correctness then I can confidently predict that NPR will continue to be your ticket. But expect to hear a lot more of those fundraising pitches in the coming year. Those of you on the left are going to have to cough up a lot more of your own money if NPR is to continue to offer the kinds of programming you have become accustomed to.
The whole controversy surrounding the firing of commentator Juan Williams is just one more reason why I never have and probably never will give one thin dime to NPR. It is a network populated by elitists with an extreme far-left agenda. Really, there are important issues other than a women's right to choose, climate change, gay marriage and political correctness but you would never know it if you spend most of your time listening to NPR. I'll concede that they produce some very good shows (i.e. … more
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