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A video made surreptitiously by a conservative sting artist shows phony, would-be Muslim donors meeting with two NPR fundraisers who are caught on the tape making candid, awkward comments about the Republican Party -- and also talking bluntly about the ouster of commentator Juan Williams.

The sting operation, produced by conservative activist James O'Keefe, shows NPR fundraisers Ron Schiller (who has since announced his departure from NPR) and Betsy Liley at lunch with two men masquerading as wealthy Muslim donors. That the NPR people appear to tell the supposed contributors what they want to hear is not an unusual approach for fundraisers.

But against the backdrop of a possible cut off of NPR funding proposed by the GOP-controlled U.S. House, Schiller can be heard saying that "very little of our funding comes from the government." That is correct. "In the long run," he said, "we would be better off without federal funding." That's at least debatable. Then, talking about the GOP, Schiller added: "The current Republican Party, particularly the tea party, is fanatically involved in people's personal lives and very fundamental Christian -- and I wouldn't even call it Christian." In answer to a leading question about the tea party movement, he adds, "Basically, they believe in white, middle America, gun toting -- it's pretty scary. They're seriously racist."

Schiller, who said Tuesday night his resignation as NPR Foundation's senior vice president for development would take effect immediately, went on to say that he was proud that NPR let Juan Williams go last year after Williams said on Fox News he would be concerned if he boarded a plane with fellow passengers in Muslim garb. "He lost all credibility and that breaks your ethics as a journalist." Schiller says.

NPR, in a statement, said: "The fraudulent organization represented in the video repeatedly pressed us to accept a $5 million check, with no strings attached, which we repeatedly refused to accept. We are appalled by the comments made by Ron Schiller in the video, which are contrary to what NPR stands for. Mr. Schiller announced last week he is leaving NPR for another job."

O'Keefe's Project Veritas gained notoriety in 2009 in another covertly made video that showed individuals posing as a pimp and prostitute seeming to get advice on gaming the tax system from a representative of ACORN, a liberal community activist organization. O'Keefe went too far last year when he and three others were charged with attempting to tamper with the phone lines in Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's New Orleans office. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, received three years' probation, a $1,500 fine and 100 hours of community service.

Watch the new video, courtesy YouTube.


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madddddddddddddd

WHENEVER I WANT TO HEAR LIB VIEWS , I AM GLAD NPR IS THERE..............THAT WAY I KNOW WHAT
HATE IS COMING FOR MIDDLE USA FOLKS,,IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS................

March 13 2011 at 3:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fisheadnj

The liberals never cease to amaze me. If you are conservative they accuse you of being an closed minded bigot because we do not by into their failed socialist ideology. Then I read this article and they brand they folks that are in the Tea Party as gun toting, fundamentalist christians fanatics etc.etc. This is the epitomy of closed minded bigotry, This is why I left the Democratic party to become a libertarian, I got sick of the hypocracy.

March 13 2011 at 7:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jahhbro

Let the NPR make their own money......why shud our government give them anything? Gosh.......Liberalism is not America"s way to live... whew........Follow the US Constitution and Capitalism..not Socialism and Marxism God Save America!!!!!!!!!!!!! Give us our liberty and freedom back like our forefathers planned!!!!!!!!!! Hello

March 12 2011 at 1:21 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
altar3020

The country is full of unintelligent, uneducated conservatives? You mean not educated by the socialist, liberal, leftist professors and universities? Thank God.

March 10 2011 at 6:24 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Charlie

"The current Republican Party, particularly the tea party, is fanatically involved in people's personal lives and very fundamental Christian -- and I wouldn't even call it Christian. Basically, they (the tea party movement) believe in white, middle America, gun toting -- it's pretty scary. They're seriously racist." Okay, so what's the problem? Every word he said is true.

March 10 2011 at 11:08 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
JOEY

NPR is more credible than the tea party. Enough said.

March 10 2011 at 10:44 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
mherron111

I watched the video. The guy was absolutely correct. I don't see why he had to resign.

March 10 2011 at 9:58 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
e33

You have FoxNews bashing the president daily for their own false reasons and one guy on NPR tells the truth about the fringe baggers and a huge uproar!

March 09 2011 at 6:23 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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urbach3

You said it very well. I agree with you.

March 13 2011 at 5:36 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
tistolaugh

Gee, the NPR slandering the Tea Party Movement. How shocking. Actually the only thing shocking is that they still receive public funding for their hyperpartisan organization.

March 09 2011 at 4:46 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
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Charlie

Gee, the Tea Party Movement trying to deny the truth about it.... and that they take the words of one person taken out of context and not on the air and try to claim that that demonstrates something about the entire organization NPR.

March 10 2011 at 11:09 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
fred

NPR - Friend of ISLAM and Hezbollah. Enemy of Christians and Republicans.... Good Bye Taxpayer funding.
Great Day...............

March 09 2011 at 4:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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urbach3

NPR is not a 'friend of Islam' or anybody else. NPR is a friend of the truth.
The Republican party has been after NPR for a long time.
Now they are after the unions, because the unions often support democratic candidates.
First of all: there is nothing wrong in Islam, one of the 3 monotheistic religions. (Christian and Jewish are the two other monotheistic religions).
In fact Ron Schiller is absolutely correct: many Americans are uneducated, ignorant and racist.

March 13 2011 at 5:34 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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