Wednesday, March 9, 2011

NPR exec bashes Americans with Muslim donors

by Jim Kouri

"NPR executives and staff aren't bashful about biting the hands that feed them -- the hands of the American taxpayer." - Mike Baker, political consultant

After practically bringing down President Barack Obama's pride and joy political organization ACORN with the help of his partner Hannah Giles, citizen journalist James O'Keefe, 26, released a new video that may just end the leftist stranglehold on National Public Radio.

In a video taped using a hidden camera,  the conservative investigative reporter shows undercover associates posing as potential Muslim donors meeting with two NPR fundraisers who are caught on the tape making candid, awkward comments about the Republican Party -- as well as discussing the controversial firing of NPR commentator Juan Williams, who also worked for Fox News Channel as a liberal-left political analyst.

O'Keefe's latest shocker reveals NPR fundraisers Ron Schiller and Betsy Liley at lunch with two men play-acting as Muslim contributers. The NPR duo are seen and heard telling the supposed contributors what they obviously wished to hear from the two "development" executives.

Ron Schiller is heard on the video saying, "[V]ery little of our funding comes from the government." He's also heard saying, "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 believe in white, middle America, gun toting -- it's pretty scary. They're seriously racist..." said Schiller.

Schiller has since left his job as NPR Foundation's senior vice president for development.

He went further in his pandering comments to the two men when he said he was proud when 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.

Of course, Schiller failed to mention that Williams is not a reporter but a political commentator.

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NPR responded almost immediately after the O'Keefe video began to air on the Internet. NPR officials claimed, "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," stated the NPR media release.

O'Keefe's Project Veritas gained notoriety in 2009 in another covertly made video that showed individuals -- O'Keefe and Hannah Giles, daughter of syndicated talk show host and Christian Pastor Doug Giles -- posing as a pimp and prostitute seeming to get advice on gaming the tax system from a representative of ACORN, a leftist community activist organization that significantly helped President Obama capture the White House.

That undercover journalism operation all but destroyed ACORN which witnessed Obama distancing himself from their executives and programs.

This exposure of NPR confirms the suspicions of millions of Americans. Lawmakers are currently debating whether to cut federal grants and contributions to a decidedly slanted left-wing news organization.

"Anyone with half-a-brain can tell NPR is left in its news coverage and in fact in all of its programing," said political strategist Mike Baker.

'If they want to be a propaganda arm for the radical left, that's fine. But they should do it on their own 'dime' not the taxpayers'," he said. 

View O'Keefe's NPR video here:


Jim Kouri, CPP, formerly Fifth Vice-President, is currently a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for and New Media Alliance (  In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB ( Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. 

He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations.  He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.   Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com.   Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc.