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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 10, 2011 / 4 Adar II, 5771

NPR Exec Stung by Muslims

By Bob Tyrrell



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It is a bloodbath over at National Public Radio. First the pinhead Ron Schiller resigns after initially being defended by NPR and then, by the end of the day Tuesday, being given the Shuffalo to Buffalo. Then Vivian Schiller, no relation to Ron Schiller, resigns the next day as chief executive officer and president of NPR. Ron Schiller was caught on tape saying NPR did not need its subsidy from the federal government to survive, but I guess the board of directors of NPR is taking no chances. Off with both of the Schillers' heads.

Actually, NPR and its affiliates are among the most overstaffed and extravagant operations in media. In the 1990s, when I did "The Editors" — a television show from Montreal that appeared on public television stations (because of my presence, one had to be an insomniac to catch the show in Washington on WETA, a lamentable situation insisted on by Sharon Percy Rockefeller, the president of WETA and a Public Broadcasting Service board member) — the Montreal production company did the show for a pittance of what public television paid. I believe a Washington production would have outspent us by a 10-1 ratio. NPR is no different. Ron Schiller, who was NPR's fundraising chief, said it would survive the cuts, and doubtless it could. I say cut its subsidy. It has been in more scandals of late than Charlie Sheen. Off with all their heads.

Schiller was taped surreptitiously in Georgetown's Cafe Milano talking, he thought, with members of the Muslim Education Action Center, a front group for the Muslim Brotherhood. Apparently by his lights, the Muslim Brotherhood is a group of sophisticates, because he divulged his urbane views of the world. Caught on tape were his views of the tea party: "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 movement." In truth, the tea party movement is mostly interested in budgetary issues.

After being goaded by one of his interlocutors ("The radical, racist, Islamophobic tea party people?"), Schiller proceeded: "And not just Islamophobic but really xenophobic. I mean, basically ... they believe in sort of white, Middle America, gun-toting — I mean, it's scary. They're seriously racist, racist people." All of this Schiller said to indict the Republican Party: "The current Republican Party is not really the Republican Party. It's been hijacked by this group." He was speaking of the tea party.

Rather oddly, none of the commentary I read this week caught Schiller's low estimate of America as a whole. Quite hilariously, one of his new friends in MEAC baited him, "What is your opinion of that whole situation that is going on in Egypt?" Schiller responded insanely: "To me, this is representative of the thing that I am ... most disturbed by and disappointed by in this country, which is that the educated, so-called elite in this country is too small a percentage of the population, so ... you have this very large uneducated part of the population that carries these ideas. It's much more about anti-intellectualism than it is about (politics)." America, in this poor sap's imagination, is Egypt or maybe Iran.

It is not clear to me where Schiller got such a high opinion of his own intellect. The two fun-loving guys who played the roles of members of MEAC certainly made him look the fool on this tape. They were working for conservative filmmaker James O'Keefe, whose sting of ACORN put that group of hustlers out of business. Now he bids fare with his NPR sting to put it, if not out of business, at least off the public payroll. Yet where did Schiller get the idea that he is so sophisticated and free of prejudice? Elsewhere in the conversation, one of the Muslim men started talking about Zionist control of our media. Now, let us see. Schiller thought he was talking to Muslim fundamentalists; they started talking about Zionist control of the media, and he did not even object, much less leave the table. Schiller is not only stupid but also a bigot.

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