“This is just too funny. My irony meter has red-lined and wisps of smoke are curling up from it: Remember when news organizations went trolling for bigots at NASCAR events and Tea Party rallies? Wonder if 60 Minutes will be interested in following up.” Heh.This from the Instpandit blog site this AM.
Here is the Daily Caller on a sting run on NPR Fund Raising operations.
Here is a quote from The Daily Caller" about Mr Ron Schiller♠
...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.”Being myself a bitter clinger originially from Western Pennsylvania, I find this all indicative of people who just don't get out very much.
And then we have this quote from Schiller:
Well frankly, it is clear that we would be better off in the long-run without federal funding. The challenge right now is that if we lost it all together we would have a lot of stations go dark.In fairness, NPR came out and, while railing against this kind of gotcha journalism, did say they were appalled by the remarks. And rightfully so.
And, over at Ricochet we have this comment, should give pause:
As much as I appreciate insights like this, I'm reluctant to approve O'Keefe's actions.I think it is a bit over the top, but it asks a good question. All I can say is that investigative journalism has been around for a long time. The computer age just enlarged the tent a little.
How is this any different from tapping into someone's phone line (which requires a warrant) or opening someone's mail (a federal offense)? In either case, the targeted person is being denied knowledge of who is listening / reading, be it by stealth or by deception.
We must not join the Left in embracing an end-justifies-the-means mentality.
And, the Althouse spin.
UPDATE: I misspelled Mr Schiller's name in one location. Also, my wife tells me, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller (no relation) has been forced out by the NPR Board over this incident. This seems a little extreme on the part of the NPR Board, unless they have seen a pattern here.
Regards — Cliff
♠ It turns out Mr Schilling is departing NPR for the Aspen Institute.