At the Café Milano lunch, Schiller said he’s “very proud of” how NPR fired Juan Williams. “What NPR stood for is non-racist, non-bigoted, straightforward telling of the news and our feeling is that if a person expresses his or her opinion, which anyone is entitled to do in a free society, they are compromised as a journalist,” he said. “They can no longer fairly report.”
With that, Schiller once again directly contradicted NPR’s public statements. At her Monday press conference, Vivian Schiller apologized for the way it handled the Williams matter. “We handled the situation badly,” she said. “We acted too hastily and we made some mistakes. I made some mistakes.”
The rest of the conversation highlights Ron Schiller’s opinions on “Middle America”, the Tea Party, and the Muslim Brotherhood.
But hey, Schiller thinks NPR would be better without federal funding. That’s one thing we can agree on.
Harry Reid’s upset, though,
The quotable Harry Reid swings into action once again:
“The mean-spirited bill, H.R. 1, eliminates National Public Broadcasting,” said Reid in a floor speech. “It eliminates the National Endowment of the Humanities, National Endowment of the Arts. These programs create jobs. The National Endowment of the Humanities is the reason we have in northern Nevada every January a cowboy poetry festival. Had that program not been around, the tens of thousands of people who come there every year would not exist.”
As Guy Benson jokes, “Poof! The way Reid tells it, tens of thousands of John Wayne/Walt Whitman enthusiasts would simply fall off the face of the earth if Republicans’ mean-spirited demonstrably modest cuts are adopted.”
Here’s Harry, saying that if it weren’t for a cowboy poetry festival “tens of thousands of people…would not exist.”