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NPR: talk of “uneducated” Americans is the real outrage

An embarrassing video has led the Chief Executive of NPR (National Public Radio) to resign. Vivian Schiller offered her resignation a day after a conservative film-maker released a video that captured an NPR fund-raiser talking to people pretending to be donors from a Muslim Brotherhood front organization. NPR - the publicly-funded and listener-supporter radio network that many people rely on for news - is in a crisis. The latest trouble comes after a controversy for firing commentator Juan Williams in October (which I wrote about here), and at the same time that Republicans in congress are trying to cut its funding.

The video is a pretty sleazy sting operation, and it's not the first from the young Republican provocateur, James O'Keefe. But the video is very revealing for an insight into the liberal mindset. And here I'm not referring to the fact that NPR fund-raiser Ronald Schiller (no relation to the CEO) was willing to sit down to talk to a Muslim group and possibly take their money - that's no big deal.

What I do find outrageous is Mr. Schiller's unadulterated, snobbish opinion that the American people are stupid. He moans that "the educated, so-called elite in this country is too small a percentage of the population," while "you have this very large uneducated part of the population." For good measure he says of the Tea Party, "they're seriously racist, racist people."

This low opinion of middle Americans is the real outrage. And unfortunately NPR employees are not the only ones that hold such views.

(Hat tip: Brendan O'Neill)

2 Responses to “NPR: talk of “uneducated” Americans is the real outrage” Leave a reply ›

  • Thanks for the insights. It's not that NPR doesn't have some very interesting features and some good reporters. But the elitism and snobbism found in its condescending attitude toward ordinary Americans is very irritating. I have been in dozens of conversations with my so-called "peers," college professor types, wannabes in their stereotyped opinions, who have the same attitudes toward the people. The Trilling remark is appropriate here. They (could be NPR types) are a herd of independent minds who anxiously want to be "cool" and accepted among those "in the know." And they stampede anyone who might not accept their interpretation of events.

    I am confident that NPR will survive, but it no longer needs the tax support of the "little, ignorant folks" who live in fly-over zones. And I hope that much of the outstanding reporting will continue.

  • Nancy - I like your balanced outlook

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