Thursday, March 10, 2011

National Public Radio stung

I’m postponing the second segment of Congressional term limits until tomorrow. The following issue has been in the news and I’m posting it today because some Republicans in Congress are now proposing to remove funding. I’m all for it! The following were received through my e-mail contacts.

From: Senate Conservatives Fund

“Dear Fellow Conservative:

I wanted to let you know about an important piece of legislation that I’m pushing to defund public broadcasting.

When it comes to federal funding of public broadcasting, there are two issues at stake: we don’t have the money, and they don’t need it. We’re going broke and they’re raising millions from private donors.

If NPR and PBS want to continue their programming, they should go ahead and do it, but not with our tax dollars.

Paying millions of dollars so NPR can cover things like cowboy poetry festivals while the nation is $14 trillion in debt is reckless. (It’s more than reckless. It’s economically IRRESPONSIBLE!!!—my addition) Yet, funding public broadcasting and cowboy poetry festivals is a priority for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Senate’s most powerful Democrat. He was on the floor yesterday saying it was ‘mean spirited’ to cut funding for these items.

That’s right. While conservatives are fighting to save the country from bankruptcy, Democrats are fighting to save cowboy poetry.

We must have the courage to cut spending. (Amen!—my addition)

Americans should not be forced to fund public broadcasting when there are already thousands of private choices for educational and entertainment programming on television, radio, and the Internet. (It’s called free enterprise! Free enterprise actually works when allowed to by a government than is NOT concerned with controlling our lives!!!—my addition)

Urge Your Senators to Defund Public Broadcasting

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which funds NPR and PBS, was originally incorporated as a private, non-profit corporation in 1967, and its first taxpayer subsidy was $5 million. Last year CPB got $420 million from taxpayers and President Obama recently asked for an increase to $451 million.

This is money that should be used to reduce our nation’s debt. Instead it’s being used to pick winners and losers in a highly competitive media environment. It’s also being used to pay lavish salaries.

According to 2009 tax forms, PBS President Paula Kerger received $632,233 in compensation that year while NPR President Emeritus, Kevin Klose, received more than $1.2 million in compensation.

NPR boasts that it only gets 2 percent of its funding from taxpayers and PBS gets about 15 percent, so these programs should be able to find a way to stand on their own.

A new undercover video

of outgoing NPR Foundation president, Ron Schiller, surfaced yesterday that has it on the ropes. Besides calling the members of the Tea Party Movement ‘uneducated’ and ‘racist’, he also admitted that NPR did not need taxpayer money. (The very people that help fund them! We are sometimes known as TAXPAYERS!!!—my addition)

Let’s take his advice and pass legislation to defund this biased news organization that is clearly out of touch with the American people. Please contact your senators today and urge them to get government out of broadcasting.

Thank you for working so hard to help us take our country back.


Jim DeMint
United States Senator
Chairman, Senate Conservatives Fund

Urge Your Senators to Defund Public Broadcasting

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From: Tea Party Nation

“Candid camera
Posted by Judson Phillips on March 9, 2011 at 11:03am in Tea Party Nation Forum

If James O’Keefe were a liberal, he would be a national hero today. If his targets were conservatives, the liberal media establishment would be falling all over themselves to see what they could offer him.

Instead, he is a conservative, targeting liberals. The establishment is trying to ignore him, praying his latest episode of candid camera will pass quickly.

O’Keefe secretly video taped a meeting between two executives of National Public Radio and two men who claimed to be with a Muslim group, supporting Sharia law and the Muslim Brotherhood. They claimed they wanted to make a $5 million donation to NPR.

One of the executives, Ron Schiller blasted the Tea Party movement as racist and conservatives as, well almost anything he could think of. Schiller also admitted NPR did not need public dollars to survive.

Schiller resigned, stating that his statements were ‘not reflective of my own beliefs.’ Okay, he was lying to the camera or he is lying now. Either way, he is a liar. My money is on his resignation statement being a lie.

Vivian Schiller, who is no relation to Ron Schiller, resigned today as the CEO of NPR. She was the same one, you may remember, that fired Juan Williams last year after Williams made the comment that he was not comfortable on airplanes when he saw men in Muslim garb.

NPR has often been called National Liberal Radio in conservative circles. To say they were to the left in their coverage would be an understatement. Conservatives have tried to defund NPR in the past, based on their bias. Today there are other reasons.

NPR and PBS may have had a reason to exist when they were first created, but today they are little more than proof of the Ronald Reagan maxim that closest thing to eternal life on this planet is a government program. When NPR and PBS got their start, there were limited offerings. Almost no radio stations offered classical music or news the way they did. When PBS launched, there were usually four TV stations in a market. ABC, CBS, NBC and then PBS.

That was then.

Today we have AM radio, FM radio, HD radio and satellite radio. We have cable TV with 500 channels. There are commercial channels that now offer almost the exact same programming that NPR and PBS offer.

This year, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is slated to get $430 million and to thank them for carrying the water for liberal causes, Obama wants to raise that to $451 million. Even if these latest disclosures did not happen, we cannot afford public radio and TV any longer. Our debt is now at 100% of our gross domestic product. How high can that go before our economy collapses? No one, except Obama, Pelosi and Reid, want to find that out.

In the Senate, Tom Coburn and Jim DeMint have introduced legislation to defund NPR and in the House Eric Cantor is leading that charge. With a $1.7 trillion deficit this year, $430 million is a small drop in the bucket.

But, it is a good start.”

(Yesterday, I was on a website of a declared Republican Presidential candidate. As part of his platform, he declared “WE THE PEOPLE must demand that our Federal Government immediately implement a 15% cut across the entire budget. Yes, I did say the entire budget. We understand by now that no elected official is going to place themselves in the position of choosing which programs receive cutbacks and which do not.”

NO! NO!! NO!!! NO!!!! NO!!!!!! I don’t recognize any such thing and NEITHER should any voter. This is the easy way out! And it WON’T work!!! Such an argument declares that all spending is of EQUAL importance! And that’s just nonsense!

I’ve been saying for months that governments must budget as we budget. Determine priorities, allocate money for those priorities from top to bottom, and when the money runs out the priorities end. The above example is an example of a program that can be and should be ended. Period! The funding that Planned MURDERHOOD receives should be removed immediately! PERIOD!!! The Department of Education should be ended. There is no Constitutional validity to a Department of Education! The Environmental Protection Agency should be ended! Period! There is much in federal government that is NOT valid, NOT necessary, and NOT beneficial! Why would anyone call for a 15% across the board cut when there are programs that should be ended?

That’s political timidity! That’s one thing we can NO LONGER afford in political leadership. A President is suppose to lead. If they can’t or won’t, they should get out of the way for those who will!—my addition)

From: the 9/12 Project

“BREAKING NEWS: NPR Executives Caught In ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ Sting Operation

Posted by Jared Law on March 8, 2011 at 12:24pm in Elections, Issues, News, & Politics

Watch the video.


Sting or not, these NPR executives thought they were dealing with the devil, and they were totally fine with it. They see the American people as the enemy. This happened in late February, and it was done by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas.

Incidentally, I used to work with Mr. O’Keefe back when he was training student publication founders on college campuses nationwide; he’s great when it comes to guerrilla media tactics!

These disgusting NPR executives don’t know they’re meeting with conservatives who have set them up in a ‘sting operation’ designed to prove, apparently, that 1) they’re willing to meet with Islamist radicals who support Islamofascist Terrorism, and 2) they demonize the Tea Party/Conservatives to these people they believe are connected to terrorist groups, and they’re more than willing to accept dirty terrorist cash to help fund operations.


“The Daily Caller

NPR Executives Caught On Tape Bashing Conservatives And Tea Party, ...

By Matthew Boyle—The Daily Caller
Published: 6:30 AM 03/08/2011
Updated: 12:09 PM 03/08/2011

A man who appears to be a National Public Radio senior executive, Ron Schiller, has been captured on camera savaging conservatives and the Tea Party movement.

‘The current Republican Party, particularly 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,’ declared Schiller, the head of NPR’s nonprofit foundation, who last week announced his departure for the Aspen Institute.

In a new video released Tuesday morning by conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe, Schiller and Betsy Liley, NPR’s director of institutional giving, are seen meeting with two men who, unbeknownst to the NPR executives, are posing as members of a Muslim Brotherhood front group. The men, who identified themselves as Ibrahim Kasaam and Amir Malik from the fictitious Muslim Education Action Center (MEAC) Trust, met with Schiller and Liley at Café Milano, a well-known Georgetown restaurant, and explained their desire to give up to $5 million to NPR because, ‘the Zionist coverage is quite substantial elsewhere.’

On the tapes, Schiller wastes little time before attacking conservatives. The Republican Party, Schiller says, has been ‘hijacked by this group.’ The man posing as Malik finishes the sentence by adding, ‘the radical, racist, Islamaphobic, Tea Party people.’ Schiller agrees and intensifies the criticism, saying that the Tea Party people aren’t ‘just Islamaphobic, 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 seriously racist, racist people.’

Schiller goes on to describe liberals as more intelligent and informed than conservatives. ‘In my personal opinion, liberals today might be more educated, fair and balanced than conservatives,’ he said.

O’Keefe’s organization set up a fake website for MEAC to lend credibility to the fictitious group. On the site, MEAC states that its mission is combating ‘intolerance to spread acceptance of Sharia across the world.’ At their lunch, the man posing as Kasaam told Schiller that MEAC contributes to a number of Muslim schools across the U.S. ‘Our organization was originally founded by a few members of the Muslim Brotherhood in America actually,’ he says.

Schiller doesn’t blink. Instead, he assumes the role of fan. ‘I think what we all believe is if we don’t have Muslim voices in our schools, on the air,’ Schiller says, ‘it’s the same thing we faced as a nation when we didn’t have female voices.”

When O’Keefe’s two associates pressed him into the topic, Schiller decried U.S. media coverage of Egypt’s uprising against former dictator Hosni Mubarak, especially talk of the Muslim Brotherhood’s influence on the protests and future of Egypt. Schiller said that is what he is ‘most disappointed by in this country, which is that the educated, so-called elite in this country is too small a percentage of the population, so that you have this very large un-educated part of the population that carries these ideas.’

When the man pretending to be Kasaam suggests to Schiller that ‘Jews do kind of control the media or, I mean, certainly the Zionists and the people who have the interests in swaying media coverage toward a favorable direction of Israel,’ Schiller does not rebut him or stop eating. He just nods his head slightly.

The man posing as Kasaam then joked that his friends call NPR, ‘National Palestinian Radio,’ because, according to him, NPR is the only media outlet that covers Palestinians’ perspective. Schiller laughed.

When the ersatz Islamists declare they’re ‘not too upset about maybe a little bit less Jew influence of money into NPR,’ Schiller responds by saying he doesn’t find ‘Zionist or pro-Israel’ ideas at NPR, ‘even among funders. I mean it’s there in those who own newspapers, obviously, but no one owns NPR.’

Liley chimes in at this point to add that, “even one of our biggest funders who you’ll hear on air, The American Jewish World Service, may not agree with us. I visited with them recently and they may not agree with what we put on the air but they find us important to them and, sometimes it’s not that easy to hear what we say and what our reporters say, but they still think NPR is important to support.’

Schiller added that ‘they [the American Jewish World Service] are really looking for a fair point of view and many Jewish organizations are not.’

Later in the lunch, Schiller explains that NPR would be better positioned free of federal funding. ‘Well frankly, it is clear that we would be better off in the long-run without federal funding,’ he says. ‘The challenge right now is that if we lost it all together we would have a lot of stations go dark.’

When one of O’Keefe’s associates asked, ‘How confident are you, with all the donors that are available, if they should pull the funding right now that you would survive?,’ Schiller answered this way: ‘Yes, NPR would definitely survive and most of the stations would survive.’

That is precisely the opposite answer Schiller’s boss, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller (no relation), gave at a press conference Monday in Washington. ‘We take [federal defunding] very, very seriously,’ she said. ‘It would have a profound impact we believe on our ability—of public broadcasting’s ability—to deliver news and information.’

At the Café Milano lunch, Schiller said he’s ‘very proud of’ how NPR fired Juan Williams. ‘What NPR stood for is non-racist, non-bigoted, straightforward telling of the news and our feeling is that if a person expresses his or her opinion, which anyone is entitled to do in a free society, they are compromised as a journalist,’ he said. ‘They can no longer fairly report.’

With that, Schiller once again directly contradicted NPR’s public statements. At her Monday press conference, Vivian Schiller apologized for the way it handled the Williams matter. ‘We handled the situation badly,’ she said. ‘We acted too hastily and we made some mistakes. I made some mistakes.’

Check back for more updates and reactions from NPR.”

Just another obvious example of why it is time to TAKE BACK the NATION!!!