by Dr. Jeffrey Lant
For years, conservatives have loudly complained about a liberal bias at National Public Radio, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Public Broadcasting System. They have insisted unsuccessfully that all federal funding be removed, permanently.
As long as the economy was reasonable and Democrats controlled either the executive branch or one or both houses of Congress, pulling these subsidies, totaling $450 million annually, was unlikely, remote. That’s why House Republicans allowed an obscure Colorado rep., Doug Lamborn, to become the point man for this issue. The matter wasn’t going anywhere and gave him a bee in his bonnet. to wow the rubes in Colorado Springs.
Oh, baby, how things have changed, and fast. As a result of more bonehead gaffes and just plain stupidity at NPR et al, now Lamborn’s got a sure-fire winner (at least insofar as the House of Representatives is concerned) with NPR and colleagues tripping over themselves to help him eviscerate their public funding… in what begins to appear as the maddest case yet of Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First?”
As a result, Lamborn now looks like a prophet, a reasonable budget-cutting statesman. Yes, thanks to NPR ‘s mind-blowing missteps, Lamborn’s hobby horse has legs… and Lamborn’s profile and future never looked brighter. (Quick, can you say Senator Lamborn?)
Enraged NPR supporters wonder how their favorite media could have declined and self-destructed so. Conservatives have a ready answer: what we’ve been saying all these years about these bleeding heart liberals is true; not a real journalist among them, just left-wing idealogues with bias to spare and the means to subvert America, every hour of the day, every day of the year.
Make no mistake, these conservatives have had the sharp knives out for years for these pinko one-world types. And now, how sweet it is, they’ve got them by the short hairs.
Juan William case mishandled.
People at NPR have clearly forgotten, or never knew, Lord Acton’s famous aphorism, “Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” That became glaringly apparent when they terminated (October 20, 2010) NPR Senior News Analyst Juan Williams’s independent contract over comments which were referred to as “inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices…” What was the offense?
During an interview on the Fox News Channel, Williams concurred with statements suggesting that the United States was facing a “Muslim dilemma”. He also said “But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.” Williams was dismissed at once… a casualty of a sincere, personal remark. In the light of what’s happened since, it’s clear he was “had,” a victim of his (perfectly reasonable) views and hypocritical colleagues claiming to be pure journalists, merely reporting the facts, when they were in fact anything but.
Enter the gremlin of the farce, James O’Keefe, enfant terrible.
James E. O’Keefe III (born June 28, 1984) is an entirely new kind of activist, a man with a mission and enough hidden video cameras to achieve it. A graduate of Rutgers University, O’Keefe founded Project Veritas in 2010. Its purpose is “to investigate and expose corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud, and other misconduct in both public and private institutions in order to achieve a more ethical and transparent society.” Boyish looking and mischievous, O’Keefe doesn’t worry about whether he’s inside or outside the law; like most reformers he considers those mundane niceties superfluous; he is always right, so he can use whatever means are necessary.
O’Keefe’s inventive, unorthodox methods, flirting with both immorality and the illegal, are notorious. For instance, in 2006 and 2007, his undercover audio recordings indicated some workers at Planned Parenthood would help minors falsify records to receive abortions. Black eye for Planned Parenthood.
In September 2009, his hidden cameras exposed wrongdoing by the community group ACORN. Black eye for ACORN.
In April 2010, he obtained a temporary job at the U.S. Census Bureau and released undercover videos that seemed to show a lack of concern by his supervisors when he told them he was being overpaid for work he didn’t do. Black eye for the U.S. Census Bureau.
He was now well and truly a holy terror with a plethora of scalps from his victims to prove it.
O’Keefe, rankled by what happened to Juan Williams, now turned his attention to NPR and associates. His aim was to hit them squarely where it would be felt most, where it would hurt: in their scrupulous impartiality… proving it was not absolute, indeed was highly suspect. In March, 2011 O’Keefe’s partners Simon Templar (an alias) and Shaughn Adeleye secretly recorded a discussion with Ronald Schiller, National Public Radio’s then senior vice president for fund raising. Schiller made a series of breathtakingly ill-judged assertions for a man working for an “impartial” news organization. Amongst his targets, the Tea Party: “I wouldn’t even call it Christian.” And a whole lot more.
O’Keefe had bagged another of the legion of the unwary. Schiller was soon out of a job… and other heads would roll fast, too, the next being NPR’s CEO Vivian Schiller (no relation). She was responsible for the organization… and its Board of Directors, needing a scapegoat, had no hesitation in throwing Ms. Schiller overboard. Another score for O’Keefe, another conservative trophy.
Then on March 10, 2011, again at the practised hand of O’Keefe, NPR Senior Director of Institutional Development Betsy Liley fell… having discussed with a member of a Muslim group a possible anonymous $5 millon donation. “It sounded like you were saying that NPR would be able to shield us from a government audit. Is that correct?” the man asks. Liley says “I think that is the case, especially if you were anonymous, and I can inquire about that.” As soon as it was reported that the “Muslim member” was one of O’Keefe’s operatives, Betsy bit the dust… and NPR’s reputation for impartiality, truth, and fairness looked like what it was… a joke.
Meanwhile, it goes without saying that (most) Republicans and every member of the Tea Party, are jubilant — “Ding, Dong the wicked witch is (almost) dead.” That assessment is premature, of course, but if NPR and company lose their federal funding they have (mostly) themselves to blame… themselves, that is, and the inventive malice of James O’Keefe. Of him we shall no doubt hear much more in future… he has a lifetime of targets to trip up, expose, abash. And he’ll do it, too. Just ask the foolish, pontificating, biased mandarins at NPR. For Mr. O’Keefe has well and truly left his mark upon them and so helped save millions of federal dollars each year from an institution which never should have been funded by the government and tax payers in the first place. The support of viewers like them must, in future, suffice.
About The Author
Harvard-educated Dr. Jeffrey Lant is CEO of Worldprofit, Inc., where small and home-based businesses learn how to profit online. Attend Dr. Lant’s live webcast TODAY and receive 50,000 free guaranteed visitors to the website of your choice! Dr. Lant is also the author of 18 best-selling business books. Republished with author’s permission by Daniel Fischer http://SuccessClicks.com.