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NPRgate and the King Hearings
Yesterday's videotaped revelations by the intrepid James O'Keefe provides welcome grist for many mills. Most obviously, it offers irrefutable evidence that National Public Radio employs elitists who are hostile to Republicans, Tea Party activists, and others derided as gun-toting, white "racists."
The principal focus of the expose filmed last month, Ron Schiller, the network's now-departed vice president of development and president of the NPR Foundation, declared that his organization would be "better off in the long-run" without government underwriting.
Presumably, such sentiments will make it impossible for members of Congress to justify continued public funding of the organization when the Senate considers the decision taken by the House of Representatives to zero out NPR in the latest stopgap funding measure.
What is particularly instructive, however — and highly relevant to the hearings that Rep. Peter King will convene in his House Homeland Security Committee tomorrow — is the subtext of the new O'Keefe undercover videos: NPR seems to have had no problem sitting down with, and apparently entertaining the offer of $5 million from, representatives of a group that explicitly described itself as a Muslim Brotherhood organization and that promoted the "acceptance worldwide" (read, imposition) of shariah (the Islamists' totalitarian politico-military-legal program).
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