When the big news from James O’Keefe’s latest undercover video broke, American was naturally transfixed by the spectacle of National Public Radio senior executive Ron Schiller exploding into a bigoted rant against conservatives, Christians, Jews, white people, and Tea Party activists.
Now that NPR has greatly reduced the number of people named Schiller on its payroll, it’s time to look at the other outrageous aspect of this incident: NPR’s apparent willingness to take a $5 million donation from a couple of Muslim Brotherhood agents, who wanted to “spread acceptance of shari’a law throughout the world.”
NPR made a big deal of trumpeting their refusal to accept this fat donation. “The fraudulent organization represented in this video repeatedly pressed us to accept a $5 million check, with no strings attached, which we repeatedly refused to accept,” their official response declared.
As it turns out, they were lying through their teeth. NPR was not only happy to accept millions from the men posing as Muslim Brotherhood operatives, it volunteered to help them avoid government scrutiny by remaining anonymous. The new recording released by O’Keefe’s Project Veritas is embedded below for your listening and/or tooth grinding pleasure.
“So, you’re saying, um… it sounds like you’re saying NPR would be able to shield us from a government audit, is that correct?” asks the undercover operative from Project Veritas.
“I think that is the case, but especially if you were anonymous,” NPR Senior Director of Institutional Giving Betsy Liley replies. Time for some more NPR executives to go under the bus!
Before Congress shuts down NPR funding for good, it should get subpoena some of these executives and find out what other interesting donors they’ve been shielding from government audits. We could call the hearings “All Things Investigated.” I’m sure the Obama Administration, which famously complained about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce serving as a conduit to get foreign money into U.S. politics, would be very supportive of this endeavor.