NPR responds to executive’s comments

Matthew Boyle Investigative Reporter
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National Public Radio spokeswoman Dana Davis Rehm responded to the remarks NPR foundation’s nonprofit president Ron Schiller made.

“The fraudulent organization represented in this video repeatedly pressed us to accept a $5 million check, with no strings attached, which we repeatedly refused to accept,” Davis Rehm said in an e-mail to The Daily Caller. “We are appalled by the comments made by Ron Schiller in the video, which are contrary to what NPR stands for.”

What Davis Rehm was responding to was, among other things, Schiller saying, “The current Republican Party, particularly the Tea Party, is fanatically involved in people’s personal lives and very fundamental Christian – I wouldn’t even call it Christian. It’s this weird evangelical kind of move.”

Schiller also said Tea Party supporters were not “just Islamaphobic, but really xenophobic, I mean basically they are, they believe in sort of white, middle-America gun-toting. I mean, it’s scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people.”

Also, NPR referenced Schiller’s recently announced departure for the Aspen Institute. “Mr. Schiller announced last week that he is leaving NPR for another job,” Davis Rehm said.

NPR Media Reporter David Folkenflik tweeted that means, “Therefore, according to NPR, departure of fundraising exec Ron Schiller for Aspen Inst. was unrelated to the sting by James O’Keefe.”