I really don’t have anything of substance to add to the current NPR scandal. The bigotry and naked verbal venom exhibited by Ron Schiller, it would appear, aligns with the views that most Liberals have of those who hold opposing views.
What is a mystery to me, however, is why he voiced those opinions in the first place. It should have been common knowledge around the NPR water cooler that Conservative activists have been trying to get Liberals to say provocative things on camera now for years. James O’Keefe, the young man behind this latest effort, first gained fame with his devestating expose of ACORN. Why wasn’t it painfully clear that keeping such views quiet was the best policy possible?
The author of the op-ed linked to at the beginning of this essay points out something even more telling. The fake Muslim organization that skewered Mr. Schilling claims to have their HQ situated very close to the NPR offices. Why didn’t someone just walk over there before the meeting? Even if they didn’t have any inkling of foul play, the folks at NPR would have been able to see for themselves if the Muslim group was likely to have the kind of money they claimed they wanted to donate to public broadcasting.
It has long been claimed by the authors of this blog that Liberals make a great effort to construct a life that greatly resembles a hermetically sealed echo chamber. Surrounded by nothing other than fellow travelers constantly reinforcing the party line, they simply cannot entertain the notion that their dearly held shibboleths might run counter to the facts.
That explains why Mr. Schilling was so facile in dismissing both Consevatives and the Tea Party movement. There can be no other explanation for those who oppose Liberal groupthink except that they are bigots and ill-educated idiots. But to actually utter such vile pronouncements in a public setting, while in conversation with unvetted people only recently met, seems to me to be less than smart.