Conservative blogs yesterday were all over a story the Daily Caller broke early in the day about a video apparently capturing “National Public Radio [NPR] senior executive, Ron Schiller . . . 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, who runs NPR’s foundation.
That a senior executive for a news organization could say such a thing helps prove the conservative point about media biased against us. Anyone who thinks that the Tea Party is not just involved, but “fanatically” involved in “people’s personal lives and very fundamental Christian” hasn’t been paying much attention to the actual issues motivating so many people to participate in their protests.
It seems Schiller has a standard template for all conservative movements, that these folks want to run people’s lives, a template he likely derives not from actual reporting on actual Tea Parties, but from a prejudiced view of the right.
It’s one thing for such a man to be part of a supposedly non-partisan news organization. It’s quite another when that organization takes federal money. With federal budget deficits of over one trillion dollars, the solution is simple: the federal government should defund NPR and let it fend for itself in the marketplace.
As does FoxNews.
UPDATE: Commenting on this case, Michael Barone reaches a similar conclusion:
. . . with a new large Republican majority in the House of Representatives, NPR leaders could hardly have done a better job of persuading Congress to zero out public radio funding.
NPR’s response to defunding threats has been incoherent. Its spokesmen point out that NPR itself receives relatively little public money. But then they saying defunding would be disastrous because more money goes to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting which funds public radio stations that buy NPR programming.
Let me offer what is intended as a helpful suggestion to NPR: Don’t fight defunding. Instead work with Congress to get NPR and CPB off the public payroll.
Read the whole thing to understand his plan for weaning NPR from its dependence on federal funding.