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Re: “NPR boss resigns; AETN and the GI tract

So...when did it become appropriate to lie to people, film them without their knowledge, heavily edit the videos, then use that as evidence against them in the court of public opinion? The Fund Raiser in question did not deny the comments he made on the video, but it was filmed at a private luncheon. He was schmoozing the two people he thought would be contributing a lot of money to NPR, the same thing any fundraiser would do.

To top it off, this video is from James O'Keefe, and he tried to do this same thing to PBS, but PBS did a better job of vetting the two fake contributors, and declined to meet with them. Did Mr. Schiller (no relation to the resigned CEO) fail to do his due diligence in vetting the contributors: Yes. Should he have not made the comments he did: Yes. Is NPR as a whole the evil entity this video tries to make it: Of course not.

Let me put it this way, you can make anyone or anything seem bad by either taking something they have said out of context, or by talking to them enough times that they slip up. Mr. O'Keefe seems to be an expert at doing both. I wonder how many ACORN offices he had to go in to before he got the footage that allowed them to come under scrutiny. I also wonder how many branches of public broadcasting he had to contact before NPR fell to the trap. On that note, FOX News regularly spouts right-wing conspiracy theories as news, but they don't come under the same scrutiny as NPR, who had an executive mention his personal feelings about things in what he assumed was a private setting.

This country scares me a lot lately. It seems an expectation of privacy is no longer a right to our citizens.

Posted by tigerus on 03/10/2011 at 8:44 AM

 

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