(President/NPR foundation Senior VP) Ron Schiller, talks about what happened with Juan Williams. Basically that Juan Williams expressed a personal opinion/thought, so he had to go. See video & article on Townhall.
What did Williams say?
Williams stated, “Look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”
Yet… another NPR reporter said this
Andrei Codrescu’s past remark that “the evaporation of 4 million [Christians] who believe this crap would leave the world an instantly better place.” The commentator was discussing belief of the rapture.
So on NPR the bottom line is not to speak against Muslims.. but Jewish & Christians are fair game? That is what they considered unbiased and fair?
Quote from the NPR video clip…
“What NPR did, I’m very proud of.. What NPR stood for is non-racist, non-bigoted, straightforward telling of the news… our feeling is that if a person expresses his or her opinion… they are compromised as a journalist, they can no longer fairly report.”
YET.. if that is NPR’s policy, due to the video clip shared on townhall.com, Ron Schiller should be canned since (as I looked up things I did see Schiller opted to leave NPR, but if he had not left) he certainly did offer his personal opinion about Republicans, specifically the Tea Party (that he stated has “hijacked” the Republican party) as “white, middle-America, gun-toting, racists… they are seriously racist, racist people“. So are those statements representing HIS opinion or the view points of NPR?
So do you think this guy would make these statements directly to “middle-America’s” face?? (snicker)
Schiller also adds more ridiculous statements… “anti-intellectual move, on the part of a significant part of the Republican Party…. Liberals today might be more educated, fair and balanced than conservatives.”.. he continues with saying there is a small percentage of intellectual elite in the US, that there is a “very large uneducated part of the population that carries these ideas” He then talks about this “anti-intellectual movement” with the perception that our universities are very liberal, but… “even though it’s not at all liberal, it is liberal because it is intellectual, pursuit of knowledge and that is traditionally something that Democrats have funded, and Republicans have not funded”. Gotta love that statement, that universities are not “all” liberal, but that they “ARE” liberal because… hum. Ok so looking at those statements, the majority of Americans are “uneducated”.. ok you know that statement can be viewed several ways.. the “majority” voted for Obama, so that would mean the majority of those who voted for Obama idiots? (Well I can agree with lack of sense Obama supporters surely had/have). The other side is likely Schiller’s intent, which is saying any non-NPR followers are idiots. Gotta love the elitist/superior attitude of liberals, and that is what Schiller is reenforcing in that statement.
Schiller also talks about their federal funding, that they are only “partly” funded by the federal government, but that they would be better off with out federal funding.. except if they did not get federal funding that many stations would have to be closed up. So while he is trying to deny the funds, he is saying they need those funds.
Another point Schiller made was that Republicans are trying to say NPR receives a majority of its funds from federal funding, well that was actually true, that they did at one point receive a majority of their funds from federal funding… Over the years that has been reduced, NPR suffered serious financial issues, and the federal funding cuts were stopped… but those cuts need to be completed.
Regardless of where NPR stands politically, the government needs to cut spending, every dime does count! NPR can figure out funding like all other media sources do, via commercials or more donations.
The theory that NPR does not have a political bias is extremely naive, all media is run by humans, and humans by nature are going to have an opinion. So either NPR representatives are trying to fool the people or are they trying to convince their ownselves?
UPDATE March 9, 2011: Townhall. NPR CEO bites the dust…
NPR CEO Vivian Schiller, the woman at the forefront of the Juan Williams firing, has resigned after an undercover video surfaced showing NPR Executive Ron Schiller calling tea party members “racist, racist people,” saying American needs more elite, educated people. (There is no family relation between Vivian Schiller and Ron Schiller)
Another Update March 9th, 2011: Ron Schiller (who had already decided to leave NPR when this video was created).. will not be joining his new job either.
Schiller had been planning to leave NPR to join the Aspen Institute. However, the institute released a brief statement Wednesday saying Schiller informed the think thank he would not be coming on board, “in light of the controversy surrounding his recent statements.”