March 11, 2011- Glenn Beck's website The Blaze analyzes and partly debunks the NPR sting. The fourth point is enough to make me regret credulously writing that Schiller was "musing" about his opinion of Tea Partiers when he discussed how extreme they seemed to be.
The tape released on Tuesday morning gave us this conversation, which starts after a visible (i.e., not concealed) edit.
SCHILLER: ... think the current Republican party is not really the Republican Party. It's been hijacked by this group that...
"MUSLIM": The radical, racist, Islamophobic, Tea Party people?
Editor’s Note: National Public Radio – and public broadcasting in general – are under renewed attack by Republicans determined to zero out their funding. The latest slam on NPR came from a right-wing scam, baiting an NPR fundraiser into criticizing the Tea Party.
But the larger question is whether the increasingly tepid journalism of NPR and PBS are worth fighting for. In this guest essay, Bill Moyers and Michael Winship say it is:
Come on now: Let’s take a breath and put this NPR fracas into perspective.
March 11, 2011- Just as public radio struggles against yet another assault from the its long-time nemesis -- the right-wing machine that would thrill if our sole sources of information were Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and ads paid for by the Koch Brothers -- it walks into a trap perpetrated by one of the sleaziest operatives ever to climb out of a sewer.
March 11, 2011- Responding to a report that NPR was closer to accepting a $5 million donation from a phony Muslim group than previously acknowledged, NPR released e-mails to TPM backing up their claim that they had refused the money.
In their initial statement after hidden camera footage of their executives lunching with the fake foundation, NPR said that "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." The Daily Caller reported Thursday evening on emails in which NPR executives said they were "awaiting a draft agreement" from their legal counsel on the donation, raising the question of how far down the line negotiations had proceeded.
March 10, 2011- James O'Keefe has posted to his Project Veritas website a second recording of conversations between his group of pranksters posing as Muslim potential NPR donors and NPR executive Betsy Lilely, NPR's director of institutional giving.
In a recorded phone call uploaded as a YouTube video, Liley, already on administrative leave over her comments in the first O'Keefe video, discusses with a member of O'Keefe's gang how he might proceed in making a donation of $5 million. The video -- dubbed with audio of the phone call -- repeats for emphasis the portions of the call in which Liley seems to suggest that NPR can keep the group's donations anonymous from the government.
March 8, 2011- NPR is still managing the fallout from a hidden camera prank by James O'Keefe's Project Veritas, but the station is making it clear they're not happy with the executive caught on film, NPR Foundation president Ron Schiller.
According to NPR spokeswoman Dana Davis Rehm, Schiller has been placed on administrative leave in response to the incident. She added in an e-mailed statement that his already-announced decision to leave NPR for a job at the Aspen Institute was unrelated to the O'Keefe video and that the public broadcaster had been informed of the move before the fateful lunch meeting with a fake Muslim group.
"His resignation was announced publicly last week, and he was expected to depart in May," Rehm said. "While we review this situation, he has been placed on administrative leave."
A heavily edited undercover video shows an NPR executive branding the Tea Party crowd "seriously racist people"
March 8, 2011- Remember James O'Keefe? The conservative prankster first drew headlines for his heavily edited, hidden video attack on ACORN and for breaking the law in an attempt to embarrass Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu.
O'Keefe has now orchestrated another video ambush, this time targeting National Public Radio. Two undercover O'Keefe lackeys -- posing as representatives of a supposed American affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood -- met with two NPR officials, senior executive Ron Schiller (who announced he's leaving his position last week) and Betsey Liley, director of institutional giving. They brought a hidden camera.
February 25, 2011- The story quoted below, detailing Hannah Giles' attorneys tossing Rightwing hoaxster James O'Keefe "under the bus", comes from San Diego City Beat this week.
Please note, however, that SD City Beat's Dave Maas is still, unfortunately, misleading readers by incorrectly reporting that O'Keefe played Giles' "fake pimp partner" or that he ever "pos[ed] as a pimp" in the scam video tapes featuring deceptively and "severely edited" secretly-recorded interviews with ACORN employees.
O'Keefe never played or posed as a "pimp" in those interviews, as we spent a good portion of 2010 illustrating to the world, such that both the New York Times and its then-Public Editor Clark Hoyt both, eventually, were forced to admit in partial corrections to their repeatedly inaccurate reports making the same misleading claims.
Anti-ACORN faux hooker says she's innocent because her faux pimp held the hidden camera
February 22, 2011- Hannah Giles had no problem bragging to FOX News how she posed as a hooker to catch ACORN workers in incriminating conversations on hidden video. Over and over and over and over....
But now that she's facing a $75,000 lawsuit, she says she's not culpable because it was her fake pimp partner, James O'Keefe, who held the video camera.
Former National City ACORN worker Juan Carlos Vera is suing O'Keefe and Giles in US District Court in San Diego, alleging that the pair violated the California Privacy Act, which require all parties to consent before a confidential conversation may be recorded. Vera lost his job after O'Keefe and Giles went public with secret footage that ostensibly showed the two, posing as pimp and ho, asking for and receiving advice from Vera on how to smuggle underage prostitutes into the US.
February 18, 2011- After several days of union protests in Madison, Wisconsin, opposing Republican Gov. Scott Walker's attempt to end collective bargaining rights for many state employees, tea party activists are mobilizing their own foot soldiers to converge on Madison on Saturday, February 19. Tea partiers are arranging for buses to the state Capitol, with the help of a local talk radio host. They're promising a massive counter-demonstration to all those angry teachers. And this effort is being spearheaded by the conservative group American Majority, which has been training activists to become candidates at the state level.