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Slate: The NPR Sting's "Racist Tea Party" Comment Was Taken Out of Context


By FZ - Posted on 12 March 2011

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?

SCHILLER: Exactly. And not just Islamophobic, but really xenophobic. Basically, they believe in white, middle America, gun-toting -- I mean, it's pretty scary. They're seriously racist, racist people.

The Blaze grabs the entire exchange, before the edit, from the video that was made available by Project Veritas on Tuesday -- hours before Schiller sped up his retirement, and resigned. I've bolded the part that was cut.

4 Racist tea Party from Naked Emperor News on Vimeo.

SCHILLER: I won't break a confidence, but a person who was an ambassador -- so, a very highly placed Republican -- another person, who was one of the top donors to the Republican party, they both told me they voted for Obama, which they never believed they could ever do in their lives. That they could ever vote for a Democrat, ever. And they did, because they 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?

SCHILLER: Exactly. And not just Islamophobic, but really xenophobic. Basically, they believe in white, middle America, gun-toting -- I mean, it's pretty scary. They're seriously racist, racist people.

Now, it is not unheard of for people, in conversation, to quote other people saying things they believe to provide a little cover. What do we know about these two Republicans? Nothing. But we know that Schiller was paraphrasing other people when he said the Republican Party had been "hijacked," and -- after being encouraged by the stinger -- when he said that it was "xenophobic."

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