James O’Keefe, the man responsible for the extremely-doctored video that led to the untimely demise of ACORN, and responsible for the extremely-doctored video that led to the ludicrous defunding of Planned Parenthood, has now breitbarted NPR, National Public Radio. The National Review (NRO) reports an outgoing NPR executive, senior vice president of development Ron Schiller, evidently had a meeting with the O’Keefe people, who pretended to be Muslims representing a fake Muslim group, and attempted to “give” National Public RadioÂ five million dollars, at which NPR didn’t even bite.
Here’s the video and the transcript via NRO, The National Review.
Tell me, is anything Schiller says below factually incorrect?
Here is a partial transcript of the conversation, beginning with Schillerâ€™s comments on the Tea Party:
Schiller: The current Republican party, particularly the Tea Party, is fanatically involved in peopleâ€™s personal lives and very fundamental Christian, and I wouldnâ€™t even call it Christian. Itâ€™s this weird, Evangelical kind of move. The current Republican party is not really the Republican party. Itâ€™s been hijacked by this group that is â€“
Fake Muslim: The radical, racist, Islamophobic, Tea Party people?
Schiller: And not just Islamophobic, but really xenophobic. I mean, basically, they are â€“ they believe in sort of white, middle America, gun-toting â€¦ I mean, itâ€™s pretty scary. Theyâ€™re seriously racist. â€¦
Schiller: Now Iâ€™ll talk personally as opposed to wearing my NPR hat. It feels to me as though there is a real anti-intellectual move on the part of a significant part of the Republican party. In my personal opinion, liberals might be more educated, fair, and balanced than conservatives. â€¦
On NPRâ€™s funding:
Schiller: Very little of our funding comes from the government, but they [Republicans] act as if all of it comes from the government. Itâ€™s about 10 percent of the total station economy. The total station economy is about $800 million dollars a year, and about $90 million comes from the government. Â â€¦ In the long run, we would be better off without federal funding. The challenge right now is if we lost it all together a lot of stations would go dark. â€¦ NPR would definitely survive [if federal funding was pulled] and most of the stations would survive.
On the Jewish influence of media coverage:
Fake Muslim:Â â€¦ The extent to which Jews do kind of control the media. I mean, certainly the Zionists and the people who have the interest in swaying media coverage toward a favorable direction of Israel. The Palestinian viewpoint since NPR is one of the few places that has the courage to really present it. It was kind of a joke that we used to call it National Palestinian Radio.
Lilely: Oh, really? Thatâ€™s good. I like that.
Fake Muslim: Iâ€™m not too upset about maybe a little bit less Jew influence of Jewish money into NPR. The Zionist coverage is quite substantial elsewhere â€¦
Schiller: I donâ€™t actually find it at NPR.
Fake Muslim: What exactly?
Schiller: The Zionist or pro-Israel even among funders. â€¦ I mean, itâ€™s there in those who own newspapers obviously, but no one owns NPR. So actually, I donâ€™t find it.
Fake Muslim: I just think what Israel does, I donâ€™t think, can be excused frequently, so Iâ€™m glad to hear that.Â â€¦
[Lilely talks about how one of NPRâ€™s funders, the American Jewish World Service, doesnâ€™t necessarily agree with NPRâ€™s perspectives always.]
Schiller: Right because I think they are really looking for a fair point of view and many Jewish organizations are not. Frankly, many organizations â€¦ Iâ€™m sure there are Muslim organizations that are not looking for a fair point of view. Theyâ€™re looking for a very particular point of view and thatâ€™s fine.
Fake Muslim:Weâ€™re not one of them.
Schiller: Iâ€™m gathering that youâ€™re not.
Fake Muslim: Our funding comes from a place like the Muslim Brotherhood. You look at the way they are demonized and looked down on and shown as horrible, terrible people when they are simply just trying to help.
Lilely: Sadly, our history from the record â€¦ shows that weâ€™ve done this before. We put Japanese Americans in camps in World War II.
On Juan Williams:
Schiller: In all of the uproar for example around Juan Williams, what NPR did, Iâ€™m very proud of. What NPR stood for is non-racist, non-bigoted, straightforward telling of the news. Our feeling is that if a person expresses his or her opinion,Â which anyone is entitled to do in a free society, they are compromised as a journalist, they can no longer fairly report. And the question we asked internally was can Juan Williams when he makes a statement like he made can he report to the Muslim population, for example, and be believed and the answer is no. He lost all credibility and that breaks your basic ethics as a journalist.
But then, it gets even scarier. NRO reports NPR has denounced Schiller’s comments! Why? Shiller isn’t a journalist, nor is he, based on his title, responsible for news-gathering. So what’s the problem, NPR?
NPR spokeswoman Dana Davis Rehm responds to the video with thisÂ statement:
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. 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 that he is leaving NPR for another job.
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Pelosi Delivers Brutal Response After McCarthy’s Acting Replacement Orders Her to Vacate Her Office Immediately
Within hours of Kevin McCarthy being ousted as Speaker of the House late Tuesday afternoon, his hand-picked acting successor, U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), ordered Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi to vacate her Capitol Hill offices “by tomorrow.”
McHenry, whose title technically now is “Speaker Pro Tempore,” is a staunch McCarthy ally who worked diligently behind the scenes in January to help the now-former Speaker get elected on the fifteenth attempt, had an aide issue the order.
“‘Please vacate the space tomorrow, the room will be re-keyed,’ wrote a top aide on the Republican-controlled House Administration Committee,” Politico reported Tuesday night. “The room was being reassigned by the acting speaker ‘for speaker office use,’ the email said.”
Politico adds that “House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries’ staff helped Pelosi’s office make the move, according to a spokesperson for the former speaker.”
Pelosi, who was honored with the title “Speaker Emerita” in 2022 by the House Steering and Policy Committee in an effort to help unite the House, did not vote for or against McCarthy’s ouster. She remained in California to attend the funeral of her friend and colleague, the late U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.
But Pelosi, the first and only woman Speaker of the House, who served from 2007 to 2011 and again from 2019 to 2023, did not take McHenry’s order lying down.
“With all of the important decisions that the new Republican Leadership must address, which we are all eagerly awaiting, one of the first actions taken by the new Speaker Pro Tempore was to order me to immediately vacate my office in the Capitol,” Pelosi said in a statement, according to Politico’s Nicholas Wu. “Sadly, because I am in California to mourn the loss of and pay tribute to my dear friend Dianne Feinstein, I am unable to retrieve my belongings at this time.”
“This eviction is a sharp departure from tradition. As Speaker, I gave former Speaker Hastert a significantly larger suite of offices for as long as he wished,” She noted.
“Office space doesn’t matter to me, but it seems important to them,” Pelosi added. “Now that the new Republican Leadership has settled this important matter, let’s hope they get to work on what’s truly important to the American people.”
‘Radical Left Marxists’: Trump Launches Attack Hours After Judge Imposes Gag Order
Just hours after New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron imposed a limited gag order and directed Donald Trump to remove his social media post targeting and attacking, by name, the judge’s law clerk, the ex-president Tuesday evening issued an attack targeting the legal system, and apparently, by extension, Attorney General Letitia James.
Judge Engoron’s Tuesday order barred Trump from “posting, emailing or speaking publicly about any of my staff,” as Politico reported. The judge’s gag order did not extend to any officer of the court, witnesses, or anyone else involved in Attorney General James’ $250 million civil fraud case against Trump.
“Consider this statement a gag order forbidding all parties from posting, emailing or speaking publicly about any of my staff,” Engoron said Tuesday afternoon. “Failure to abide by this order will result in serious sanctions.”
Judge Engoron had announced in court: “This morning one of the defendants posted to his social media account a disparaging, untrue and personally identifying post about a member of my staff.”
“Personal attacks on members of my court staff are unacceptable, inappropriate and I will not tolerate them in any circumstances,” Engoron added.
Politico described Trump’s social media post as “a message alleging [the law clerk] ‘is running this case against me.’ The message was pulled from an account on X with fewer than 200 followers. Trump then linked to an Instagram account for Greenfield’s campaign for a judgeship in Manhattan civil court.”
“’How disgraceful! This case should be dismissed immediately!!’ Trump added. He also posted a photo of her alongside Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and referred to her as ‘Schumer’s girlfriend.'”
And while the judge ordered the social media post taken down, there’s nothing that can be done about the email blast Trump sent to “millions” of his supporters that included the post, as The New York Times reported.
Tuesday evening, despite having already been given one gag order, Trump appeared to tear into the legal system and Attorney General Letitia James in a series of false claims.
After claiming James’ civil lawsuit against him was unconstitutional and election interference, Trump wrote the decision to apply that statute to him “was done by Radical Left Marxists design, and is not the America we know.”
“It is so unfair that I am being tried under Section 63(12), which is unconstitutionally being used to punish me because I am substantially leading Crooked Joe Biden in the polls,” Trump wrote on Truth Social. “It is a Consumer Protection Statute, and not meant, at all, for Election Interference purposes, which is what this is all about! Under this Section of the law, I am not even entitled to a JURY (there is no checking of a box alternative!).This was done by Radical Left Marxists design, and is not the America we know. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
As The New Yorker reported last week, the law Trump is referring to was “passed at the behest of one of” James’ “Republican predecessors, Jacob Javits.”
‘Terrorist Attacks’: Murphy and Cornyn Slam House GOPers Over McCarthy Ouster
After U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and seven of fellow far-right House Republicans voted to oust their own Speaker of the House for supporting a bipartisan vote to keep the federal government of the United States from a shutdown, a powerful Senate Republican and Democrat are both strongly denouncing the work of the few GOP extremists who toppled Kevin McCarthy.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn, a hard-core Republican of Texas and a former member of the Senate Republican leadership team, blasted the eight House Republicans for their “terrorist attack,” and warned it will happen again.
“We saw a similar thing happen to Boehner, Ryan, and now McCarthy. I’m sure the next speaker is going to be subjected to the same terrorist attacks,” Senator Cornyn said, according to HuffPost’s Igor Bobic.
Responding to a Texas radio talk show host from his official social media account, Sen. Cornyn added, “A handful [of] House members just want to blow up the institution and themselves in the process. Sad.”
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) called the ouster “a deeply embarrassing moment for America. A consequence of a Republican Party that has become so radicalized that it can no longer function as an organized political party.”
“Nobody should be rooting for this circus,” added Sen. Murphy in video recorded as he watched the House voting to remove McCarthy as Speaker. He warned that the ouster of McCarthy will now take the House away from the critical work of keeping the government open after November 17, “instead of working on a budget.” And he warned that no new funds to help Ukraine defend itself against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war have been authorized.
“These are life and death stakes,” Murphy said, lamenting this “makes us look so weak and foolish around the world.”
Let me tell you about the real world consequences of Kevin McCarthy’s ouster as Speaker. No one should celebrate this day. This level of dysfunction is terrible for America. pic.twitter.com/7NsQrz7Pro
— Chris Murphy 🟧 (@ChrisMurphyCT) October 3, 2023
Watch Sen. Murphy’s remarks above or at this link.
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