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Bad Timing for NPR

Talk about prescient. Just yesterday I wrote here on NRO that NPR should stick to its membership business model and get off the public dole. That way, NPR can stop lying about its liberal bias and conservatives will no longer be forced to contribute to an organization that offends them. Now, less than 24 hours later, we learn from the lips of an NPR executive that they actually want to be free of public money.

In a sting video filmed by media enfant terrible James O’Keefe, outgoing senior vice president of development Ron Schiller is clearly heard saying, “In the long run, we would be better off without federal funding. … NPR would definitely survive and most of the stations would survive.”

Oh, and we can also hear the same executive continue to offend conservatives. Not just conservatives, in fact, but the Republican party, Israel, the Tea Party, and the American people.

Good timing for me, perhaps, but bad timing for NPR. This revelation comes less than 24 hours after NPR CEO Vivian Schiller denied at a National Press Club luncheon that a liberal bias existed at her organization. In fact, when parts of what I wrote were read to her by the moderator, Ms. Schiller (no relation to Mr. Schiller) challenged her critics to show her evidence of bias.

Oh, Vivian?

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