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Media Control Remark Prompts NPR Fallout

A tale of two (unrelated) Schillers

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Vivian Schiller.(Mediabistro)

A right-wing activist taped a top National Public Radio fundraiser telling two potential Muslim donors (who in reality were actors participating in the activist’s sting operation) that “Zionist influence” exists “there in those who own newspapers obviously” and laughing at their joke that NPR stands for “National Palestinian Radio.” (The fundraiser also made negative comments about Republicans and the Tea Party.) In response, the fundraiser resigned. Even more dramatically, so did the longtime CEO of the federally funded network.

I haven’t mentioned these people’s names yet, because that would only confuse you. The fundraiser is named Ron Schiller, and the CEO is named Vivian Schiller. They are apparently not related, although, according to Wikipedia, Vivian Schiller’s father was named, yes, Ronald. Also according to Wikipedia, Vivian Schiller is Jewish; no word on Ron.

It is also not known at this time whether either Schiller is related to German Romantic poet Friedrich Schiller; French journalist Armand Schiller; German-English philosopher Ferdinand Canning Scott Schiller; German astronomer Julius Schiller; the Lower East Side’s Schiller’s Liquor Bar; Monsey, New York, Hasdic rabbi Mayer Schiller; Emmy Award-winning director Lawrence Schiller; or indeed any other Schiller.

NPR Exec Heard Saying Jews Control Print Media [JTA]

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Old Rockin' Dave says:

Well, they must be related to *some* other Schillers. I don’t think they grew out of the ground.

Actually, the fundraiser, Ron Schiller resigned before the video surfaced because he had decided to take a job with the Aspen Institute.

The story has become a bit overblown: NPR decided to reject the offer of a cheque from the fake Muslim Brotherhood affiliate, all we have is somebody who isn’t a journalism agreeing to the usual vulgar conspiracy theory of “Jewish control of the media” after being prompted by a potential donor.

That’s funny-I though that news organizations were supposed to be impartial not bragging about being pro-Palestinian. Also I would imagine that NPR has lots of Jewish donors. One would think that they would reconsider donating money to an organization where two senior executives tolerate anti-semitism and one openly states that Jews control the media.

berkovits says:

To Ian Thal
Schiller agreed on the Jewish issue with the “Moslem Brotherhood donors in every sense. Actually called the NRP “National Palestinian Radio”. Notwithstanding of Jewish members of this network, the basic tenet of their programs are anti-American, anti-Israel, anti- West, pro third world no matter what group or country, pro-arab, pro marxist, pro- mohammedan. I listen to them sometime because they have programs about things that commercial stations do not, but carefully filter out their convaluded opinion. They should compete like any other network and if some urban liberal liked them; contribute to them, they are a pretty well off group.

Neveragain says:

Lets not go over board here. NPR provides a vauable service.
Ron Schiller should have been fired for his statements, but that does not mean that everyone who works there is no good.Or, that NPR is no good.

L'chaim says:

Hmmm — You mean NPR doesn’t stand for National Palestinian Radio? Then why do so many Jews support it?

Betcha Juan Williams got a chuckle outta this one.

dubala says:

Thank goodness for NPR! DO you right wing pigs just stay home and write these responses!

I listen to NPR all the time. I don’t really detect a pro-Palestinian or anti-American bias. You should try the BBC for that. NPR often has segments with prominent people defending Israel.

sharon says:

What I find amazing, with the right wings “dirty tricks” operations so in evidence, why Bob Schiller did not do any due diligence before meeting with these guys. Easy enough to check out people on Google and if that didn’t work, he had an entire news organization to check for him. He doesn’t seem too bright and unfortunately the media, instead of saying NPR turned down the “offer”, they play this clip over and over. NPR is one of the few places that you can still get news reported in a balanced way. This now plays right into the hands of the right wing who lie to their uneducated, lemming-like, base.

sarah says:

This is so not unique to NPR. Any development officer faces this sort of possible sting. Their job is to make the potential donor feel heard, appreciated and befriended….this particular guy went too far, but this really could have happened anywhere. At a journalistic enterprise, and a (slightly) publically funded one at that, you’d think they’d be trained not to let it happen in the area of politics, but the whole thing isn’t very surprising, or damnable if you ask me. It wasn’t a reporter, it was a development guy. Meh.

Fedora says:

The truth is that the majority of NPR’s commentators, reporters, game show hosts, and management are Jewish, just like other American media and the music, entertainment,publishing, financial industry, diamonds, retailing, and clothing industries, just to name a few businesses where jews dominate. Jews should be proud of that accomplishment. Only two per cent of the population, but we run things here in America.

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