This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
The Implosion of NPR
Surprise, surprise, surprise! NPR is biased against Conservatives, who knew? I mean besides anybody with half a brain, who?
I'll spare you the details of the above video because you probably already know them, we can hash it out in the comments. Instead I'll concentrate on providing some documentation of the events as they have unfolded thus far. Click "read more" to read more.
The target of the first video is NPR's chief fundraiser Ron Schiller. He was scheduled to leave NPR before the scandal to go to the "Aspen Institute" but that time line has moved up and he's out. Now Aspen doesn't want him. CEO Vivian Schiller (no relation to Ron) is also out.
Now we come to part two. Here is the second video. The link for this one comes from Glenn Beck's site "The Blaze". The reason I used this particular link is because Beck has been critical of the editing. Make sure you click on his links. NPR has released internal emails to refute the claim that they would accept the donation from the supposed "Muslim Brotherhood". The emails show the conversation about hiding the donation from the IRS got farther up the corporate ladder than the meeting with Betsy Lily. Betsy Lily is the Senior Executive for institutional giving and the question I have (given her title) is, why didn't she ax the idea immediately? She has since been put on administrative leave.
This brings us to the disgracefully low journalistic standards of NPR's ombudsman Alicia Shepard. Her job is to be a disinterested third party and shine the light of truth letting the chips fall where they may. Instead she lies in an attempt to cover NPR's collective ass. She should be fired.
The sanest voice from within that I've read so far comes from board member Sue Schardt who admits: "... we unwittingly cultivated a core audience that is predominately white, liberal, highly educated, elite. "Super-serve the core" — that was the mantra, for many, many years." The full context can be found here.
Finally, the following links provide a very good overview and I'm adding them because I absolutely LOVE the names of the sites. Here and here.
If there is any justice in this world, NPR's (and word is PBS is next) public funding will be cut off and James O'Keefe will get a Pulitzer.