Congressional Republicans have unsuccessfully tried to end congressional funding for NPR, money the organization said it needs to keep operating public radio and television stations especially in some of the nation's smallest communities. However the latest "dust-up" within the CPB might just give the Republicans the ammunition they need to finally stop the funding.
On Tuesday, conservative activist James O'Keefe posted a video showing NPR executive Ron Schiller bashing the tea party movement. The video shows two activists who work for O'Keefe, pretending to be members of a fake Muslim group at a lunch meeting with Schiller, who by the way is not related to Vivian Schiller. The men ended up offering NPR a $5 million donation and engage in a wide-ranging discussion about tea party Republicans, and pro-Israel bias in the media among other topics. You may remember O'Keefe as the man nehind the now infamous 2009 ACORN/Pimp videos that exposed fraud within that organization.
As a result of the embarassment Vivian Schiller resigned her position as President and CEO of NPR effective immediately.
You may remember that Ms. Schiller was criticized for last year's firing of analyst Juan Williams after he said on Fox News that he feels uncomfortable when he sees people in "Muslim garb" on airplanes. She later said she was sorry for the way she handled Williams' dismissal but stood by her decision to fire him. "We took a reputational hit around the Juan Williams incident, and this was another blow to NPR's reputation. There's no question," she said.
CPB is getting $430 million in the current fiscal year, although NPR only gets about 2 percent of its revenue from the federal government.
Tell me how you feel about the CPB. Is it's reporting unbiased, or, left leaning? And what about the remarks by NPR Exec. Ron Schiller, do they reflect a mindset that is prevelent within NPR and the CPB?