Skip to comments.NPR: tripped up by its own elitism
Posted on 03/15/2011 4:16:02 AM PDT by Scanian
It just keeps happening. NPR's leader ship keeps tripping over its microphone wires and then asking everybody else to plug them back in.
I know everybody thinks I must be in a vindictive mood, celebrating the sudden departure of NPR CEO Vivian Schiller after her handpicked personal fund-raiser was caught on tape disparaging Tea Party activists and Jews and taking more shots at me. I'm human and do have some thoughts, but it's OK to keep them to myself: Schiller's very public missteps allow everyone to draw their own conclusions about her.
I'm not being vindictive when I say that NPR's leaders had become ingrown and arrogant to the point that they lost sight of journalism as the essential product of NPR. People like Schiller and Ellen Weiss, the head of news for NPR, who made it her life's work to fire me, came to think of themselves as smarter than anyone else.
They felt no need to answer to any critic. Any approach at variance with their own was considered traitorous and a basis for exiling them to the Gulag -- or, in my case, firing me.
The recent videotape showing NPR chief fund-raiser Ron Schiller (no relation to Vivian Schiller) is just an open microphone on what I've been hearing from NPR top executives and editors for years. They're willing to do anything in service to any liberal with money, and then they'll turn around and in self-righteous indignation claim that they have cleaner hands than anybody in the news business who accepts advertising or expresses a point of view.
Ron Schiller's performance on videotape -- which included lecturing two young men pretending to be Muslims on how to select wine -- is a "South Park"-worthy caricature of the American liberal as an effete, Volvo-driving, wine-sipping, NPR-listening dunderhead.
(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...
Before you do, however, at least read the article.
I think he makes a good case for de-funding NPR. As good as any liberal could make, anyway.
Well, maybe there is hope for Juan. Now, if we can just get him to comprehend the concept of PROPERTY...his Liberal days may be over.
Wow. In his old age, Juan has grown half a brain.
“I think he makes a good case for de-funding NPR. As good as any liberal could make, anyway.”
....I agree...in was an NPR insider for a long time...he oughta know.
No need to jump all over you at all. Juan has finally started to see the light and call it the light as well. I figure the excrement sandwich finally got too much for him as well. The proof in that puddin’ was just seeing the look on his face during the whole interview Hannity did with him the day after the tape was released.
As far as Williams is concerned, he falls into the same camp as Gorbachov did with Reagan. He has a long way to go to lose the verify portion of my good graces. What I really wonder about are the private conversations Juan is having with Brit Hume. (Geez, I miss those weekly smackdowns)
If he hadn’t been fired he would still be fine working where it was the jews who were disparaged by the so called elites. Of course, he considered himself one of those elites before he got the ax.
For now Juan the crash dummy ought to just shut up.
William’s column reminds me of the old saw that a conservative is often a liberal who has been mugged. Williams was unceremoniously dumped and left in the gutter by a “liberal” (read “socialist”) system which he had faithfully served for years. But, judging from his latest comments, I’m not sure that he has yet fully absorbed the life lesson.
NPR needs their books audited with a fine tooth comb.
Did he really write “leader ship”? Pathetic.
AKA Expressway Management: My way or the highway.
Not me, I love it!!
Juan may be a liberal but he’s rational and a decent human being.
They created an anti-intellectual environment that took delight and pride in censoring journalists like me for honestly admitting that people dressed in Muslim garb make me nervous at airports.
Anti-intelectual? Say it ain't so Juan!!!!!!
How do you make a conservative angry? Lie to him. How do you make a liberal angry? Tell him the truth.
Blame the Post. Their proofreading really sucks. Happens in article after article.
But wait! Aren’t the people in the media “our betters”?
I’d like to believe that but from what I can see, he seems to be rubbing off on FNC’s “conservatives” more than they are rubbing off on him.
Or, it might be a case of “hell hath no fury like a metrosexual liberal scorned.”
The Murdoch papers are better than the LSM scumt in their editorial philosophy if not their layout or proofreading.
It my be an imperceptible shift for regular viewers, but it is pretty astonishing to ME!!
That's when I congratulate myself on having tunned them out so long ago.
It was a great sting and we got a peek inside the DC Brie and Chablis crowd.
Pray for America
They took a serious left turn right after the first of the year. It was *very* noticeable. They haven't gone back. It sucks.
They might be trying to plow CNN under by attracting what’s left of their audience by being more “moderate” in the views expressed. Lou Dobbs got cranked up on FBN last night and some of his CNN buddies showed up with him.
They are first and foremost a business and care about the bottom line and beating the competition more than anything.
If we want a real conservative network, we’re going to have to start one ourselves, if such a thing is possible.
Juan, self-serving, self-righteous thinking is the very essence of liberalism and it was the brand of NPR from the beginning.
His points are boilerplate liberal socialist thinking: "It's not the system that flawed, it's just that the wrong people are running it."
Have you ever seen such metrosexuality in your life?
Or maybe Schiller is just an all the way queer.
bwa ha ha ha!!!
I don’t know the first thing about Williams but if I had to guess I’d say he is from a liberal family, got a liberal education, and has a very liberal circle of friends. I am also sure that he thinks they are all wonderful people.
When part of his lefty crowd decides he is unnecessary and backstabs him, he acts stunned and amazed.
We understand that “a tiger will be a tiger,” as Rush sometimes says but Juan hasn’t quite figured that out yet.
Neither have millions of Zer0 voters who are sooo shocked that the country continues in a downhill slide under THEIR boy. That compassionate, brilliant, forward thinking, messianic Obama. /s
I think that OKeefe did a brilliant job but I’m just wondering what they would have said to a group of TEA partiers who wanted to pay big bucks for favorable treatment.
They seem like a money hungry bunch to me.
If the price were right, I’d bet they’d swallow their lefty “scruples.”
A lot of folks, elitists, black racists, Marxists, liberals, Nation of Islam, etc,
felt “empowered” by the election of Barky,
and felt free and safe to “strut their stuff”, or show their true colors.
The deal with elitism is that it is a belief that the elites (invariably the elitIST considers himself one) have enough intellect and morality to make decisions for everyone else. It’s obvious to the casual observer, however, that these people couldn’t poor pee out of a boot with the instructions written on the heel.
This story isn’t about NPR, it’s about Juan Williams getting fired. Juan would be singing the praises of NPR had he not been fired. He is simply a liberal who has been mugged. He is still a liberal.
Take away the “self serving, self righteous thinking” from a liberal and you have an empty shell.
There is no other reason to call oneself a liberal than to flaunt your arrogance.
And when they screw up they become offended at you saying "well nobody's perfect" and absolve themselves of all guilt.
The recent videotape showing NPR chief fund-raiser Ron Schiller (no relation to Vivian Schiller) is just an open microphone on what I've been hearing from NPR top executives and editors for years.Well, Juan, if it's so objectionable now, why wasn't it equally objectionable for all those years that you listened to it?
I guess it all depends on whose ox is being gored.
Gee, Juan is being just like a Democrat politician. Maybe that will be his future.
Because then he was part of the club. Then he was smarter than we were. Then he was better than we were. Now he's better than they are. And so are we.
See how that works? /s
When Juan got canned, I thought he was acting like a petulant child who just had a favorite toy taken away from him.
He is still acting that way as far as I can see.
But that reflects the typical liberal maturation level, doesn’t it?
Over a year ago I listened to NPR, had to change the channel after a couple of minutes. What turned me off besides the liberalism ? The condescending attitudes of those talking !
It’s their snooty monotone.
I’ll bet they have to take a class in it before going on the air.
Oh yeah, he is a homo activist. He has a partner.
Pray for America
I male a point of it daily.
Thanks for the info. Not surprising at all.
-——is a “South Park”-worthy caricature of the American liberal as an effete, Volvo-driving, wine-sipping, NPR-listening dunderhead.——
Sounds like he might be looking for Rush’s job with that string of descriptives.
Juan IS a petulant child. When he debates, he simply argues. He responds to the latest statements from others, rather than making cogent debating points. He never gives his opponents time to fully develop their statements. He ALWAYS has to get in the last word.
When you consider that Juan’s maturation level is about as good as it gets for a liberal, it’s rather sobering.
The listeners of NPR are even MORE condescending.
Yeah, the typo in the first ‘graph was a cringer.
I'm still an NPR fan, but I'm no fan of the self-serving, self-righteous thinking that is at the top level of NPR in Washington and that has corrupted a once-great brand.
Those things exist at all levels, including at the member stations, IMO.
No problem here.
I actually listen to NPR sometimes because the stuff the opposition tells itself is often very helpful to know. You should have heard the twits on “On The Media” poo-pooing the idea that NPR has a left-wing bias. They had Ira Glass from “This American Life” on as a guest, and he was apoplectic—”The right-wing is trying to rebrand us!”
Even more fun was a guy from the New America Foundation (to be fair to the folks at “On the Media,” he was on right after a guy from Reason Magazine who said public broadcasting is a joke and should be zeroed out) saying we should double down on public funding of NPR and PBS because public broadcasting clearly produces a more informed electorate, thpough he provided no evidence to back that up; it’s just fact in his mind that commercial news will be less informative. He said we could do it without deficit spending by increasing TV and raido license fees and sending the increase on to public broadcasters. Yeah, private businesses funding their competitors through the government...that’s America!
Juan's right on this...
This just confirms my belief that it is time for our government to get out of the business of funding NPR. The idea, to me, of government-funded media doesn't fit the United States.
Journalists should not be doing news to please any party or any elected official -- out of fear of losing funding.
He points out something I've been saying for years: One of the main premises for those who support public broadcasting is that hundreds of millions of government dollars make PBS and NPR feisty government watchdogs. Sure, they don't say it that way, but when they question whether Fox or CNN can provide good journalism as long as they're taking money from advertisers they're saying that commercial money corrupts and government money doesn't.
Which brings to mind a rhetorical question: When's the last time NPR and PBS reported on misconduct at, say, Proctor & Gamble, that was ignored by Fox and CNN because Proctor & Gamble buy ad time on their shows? I can't recall anything like that, but I can recall plenty of times that NPR made excuses for or ignored government malpractice or malpractice by Democrats.