AirTalk for March 8, 2011

NPR targeted in video sting

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NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.

James O'Keefe, conservative master of the video sting, has a new target today - NPR. Posing as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood front group called the Muslim Education Action Center, O'Keefe captured what appears to be NPR senior executive Ron Schiller, criticizing conservatives and the Tea Party movement. “The current Republican Party, particularly the Tea Party, is fanatically involved in people’s personal lives and very fundamental Christian – I wouldn’t even call it Christian. It’s this weird evangelical kind of move,” Schiller said. O'Keefe and an associate offered $5 million to NPR in an attempt to offset what they perceived as substantial "Zionist coverage" on other news outlets. NPR has responded by saying they are "appalled" by Schiller's remarks and that their foundation never offered to accept the phony $5 million donation. The dust has barely settled from NPR's controversial firing of Juan Williams, what will the fallout be from this latest incident?

Guest:

Todd Gitlin, professor of journalism and chair of PhD program in Communications at Columbia University School of Journalism




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