James O’Keefe Goes After Another Right Wing Target: NPR
ACORN sting film editor and admitted felon James O’Keefe is at it again, with a video that catches an NPR fundraiser, Ron Schiller (who has left NPR already), in the act of telling the truth. Notice that this time, O’Keefe’s actors posed as scary Muslims, of course; his pattern of race-baiting and bigotry couldn’t be any more clear: NPR Executives Caught On Video.
Here’s the section that has the right wing blogosphere shrieking the loudest:
Schiller: The current Republican Party, particularly the Tea Party, is fanatically involved in people’s personal lives and very fundamental Christian — and I wouldn’t even call it Christian. It’s this weird evangelical kind of move… it’s been hijacked by this group that…
Fake Muslim: The radical, racist, Islamophobic, Tea Party people?
Schiller: It’s not just Islamophobic, but really xenophobic. Basically, they believe in white, middle America, gun-toting — it’s pretty scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people.
Wingnuts everywhere are up in arms at the sheer outrageousness of these statements.
Unfortunately for them, Schiller was right on the money. The Tea Party is a xenophobic, regressive, reactionary movement that has done nothing but harm to the American political process, it’s dominated by fundamentalist Christians of the most intolerant kind, and it has a very significant component of unvarnished old-school racism. All true.
But he’s apparently not supposed to say these things in what he thinks is a private fundraising meeting with a potential donor, or the right wing will freak out.
It should be noted that this fundraising meeting wasn’t over a small donation — O’Keefe’s phony Muslims told Schiller they wanted to donate $5 million. It’s ridiculous to expect someone whose job is raising money for NPR to get into a big fight over politics with a $5 million donor.
Is this stunt the same kind of thing as the prank call from “David Koch” to Governor Scott Walker? Both cases involve pretense, it’s true.
But the comparison ends there, because Scott Walker is a very public figure. There’s a significant difference between a prank phone call to a controversial governor and an elaborate, staged attempt to trick a private citizen into saying something that can be used to smear an entire organization — and the latter has been O’Keefe’s modus operandi in all of his sting videos.
Correction: James O’Keefe and his accomplices were originally charged with a felony in the attempt to break into Mary Landrieu’s office and bug her phones, but the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor when they pled guilty.