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    The Totally Non-Surprising NPR Surprise Video

    The Totally Non-Surprising NPR Surprise Video

    The video sting operation which showed two senior NPR employees, including Ron Schiller, dining with purported members of a Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated group which was considering a large donation to NPR, is being presented by NPR and its supporters as some sort of horrific surprise.

    In fact, the contents of the video and the positions taken by the NPR employees were not very surprising. 

    Each of the controversial aspects of the video was in fact standard Democratic Party and/or left-wing ideological fare:

    • The nasty comments about how Tea Party supporters were racist is a mainstream Democratic Party position.  I would not even call it “left-wing.”  From Barack Obama’s obsession with bitter clingers, to Harry Reid comparing opposition to Obamacare to supporting slavery, to Sheldon Whitehouse‘s invocation of Kristallnacht, to the left-blogosphere’s failed eliminationist narratives, on down the line, portraying the opponents of Obama’s policies as crazed extremists is completely non-controversial in Democratic Party circles.  In fact, it is their strategy.
    • The nasty comments, agreed to by the NPR people, about pro-Israel bias resulting from Jewish domination of the media, were standard for the left-wing of the Democratic Party, which relentlessly pushes the Walt-Mearsheimer obsession with the “Israel Lobby,” including leading liberal lights such as Glenn Greenwald who uses the term “Israel Firsters” and portrays Eric Cantor as having pledged allegiance to Israel, and mainstream Democratic media operations such as Media Matters pushing the Israel Lobby meme.
    • The non-pulsed reaction from the liberal NPR employees to soliticiting funds from a group they thought was devoted to the expansion of Sharia law also was not surprising.  Whether in Malmö, Sweden, on a boat in the Mediterranean sailing for Gaza, at a stone-throwing contest in the West Bank, or in boycotts of Israeli products, the willingness of leftists and Islamists to work together on specific issues (mostly related to hating Israel) is well-documented.

    There really was nothing surprising about the surprise video.  Except that it all was caught on video.

    If NPR really was so outraged about these comments, then it doesn’t know its audience.

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    Well, the comments have opened a useful aetiological question: which precedes, finance or ideology? I think this question is determinable and is not of the "chicken or egg" variety. I cannot recall specifics and will not search for them, however, memory suggests that Marx himself settles on finance as the causative factor not only of the Revolution and its aftermath but also of the dialectical dynamic of historical development.

    And finance for Marx is not mere money. It is the entire existential phenomenology of a personality and the groups to which it belongs by choice or circumstance. Marx was a theologian. [Someone can have fun with that unusual assessment.]

    And let us hear the plaints of the "protesters" in Madison. The new death threat making news this morning mentions 300,000 lives to be destroyed by the public union legislation now seeking birth in the WI legislature. Meaning?: loss of money. Ideology provides tactical and public relations assets to people resisting that legislative birth or attempting to abort it. However, their complaint is for money in their pockets. And that would be four sets of pockets: employees' pockets, union officers' pockets and, from compulsory union dues, politicians' and bureaucrats' pockets. It's rice bowls. Finance.

    Now, ideology enters the picture shortly after finance paints it, just as occurred with Marx, And it supplies enormous assets. One does not minimize the power of those assets. They are what one sees and hears most clearly. But they are not the causative factor. That is finance.

    I will go so far as to assert that ideology is always, knowingly or unknowingly, a diversion. The thing afoot is some sort of looting.

    I rest.

    viator | March 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    NEW — National Public Radio: Part II

    "The following video contains conversations between Project Veritas undercover investigator, Simon Templar, and Betsy Liley, NPR's Senior Director of Institutional Giving."

    Project Veritas

    @viator . . . Interesting.

    By the way, it now seems that Betsy "Oh, that is funny" Liley is on "administrative leave" at NPR pending an "investigation."

    (See bolded portion in quote posted below).

    I don't recall that fact having being reported previously, but maybe I missed it.

    NPR has also outlined the basic "errors" she committed in her follow-up discussions with the ersatz MB financiers, especially the one about "invisible" donations.

    From the NPR website:

    And NPR says Liley, who is now on administrative leave, made several errors during the conversation. NPR spokeswoman Dana Davis Rehm has sent this statement to NPR staff and stations:

    "The statement made by Betsy Liley in the audiotapes released today regarding the possibility of making an anonymous gift that would remain invisible to tax authorities is factually inaccurate and not reflective of NPR's gift practices.

    "All donations — anonymous and named — are fully reported to the IRS. NPR complies with all financial, tax and disclosure regulations.

    "Through unequivocal words and actions, NPR has renounced and condemned the secretly recorded statements of Ron Schiller and Betsy Liley. Mr. Schiller is no longer with NPR and Ms. Liley has been placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation of the matter.

    "No stronger statement of disavowal and disapproval is possible. NPR will not be deterred from its news mission and will ultimately be judged by the millions and millions of listeners and readers who have come to rely on us every day."

    (my emphasis added)

    Based on the actual timeline with the "unrelated" Schiller duo, my guess would be that the "investigation" of Betsy Liley could result in a preliminary finding of "You're fired! perhaps as early as sometime on Friday, in hopes that the story will only catch the Saturday news cycle.

    But we'll see.

    Not original with me, but it's just too amusing not to repeat. (First seen by me as a comment on YouTube)

    NPR = "National Private Radio"

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