Another bombshell has exploded as a result of the secret video taken of two NPR executives having lunch with men who they thought were representing a Muslim Brotherhood front group, the fictitious Muslim Education Action Center.
It seems that Betsy Liley, NPR’s director of institutional giving, believed it was possible for a front group of an Islamic terrorist organization to give $5 million to NPR anonymously. The government and the public, it was judged, should not be burdened with the knowledge.
The now infamous lunch meeting previously revealed how now former President of the Public Broadcasting Foundation Ron Schiller has disparaged Republicans, Tea Party protesters, and Americans in general while agreeing that American newspapers were owned by “Zionists.” Schiller, along with his namesake, NPR President Vivian Schiller, have since been fired from their positions.
What the legal propriety of an organization set up by the government and accepting government funding is of accepting, not to mention concealing, a donation from a Muslim terrorist front group is unknown at this time. But it has to be seen as ethically dubious at best. If NPR makes it a practice of having controversial donations remain anonymous, the effect to yank its funding will be the least of its worries. This is the sort of thing that cries out for a congressional investigation.
Clearly Schiller and Liley were aware that accepting money from a Muslim Brotherhood front group would raise uncomfortable questions. Otherwise, why go to such great lengths to try to conceal it?
It was implied during the conversation that NPR was getting the $5 million because its news coverage tended to be more favorable to the Palestinian cause than that of the mainstream media. That itself should have raised an alarm in Schiller’s and Liley’s minds. NPR had already accepted money from a George Soros foundation that seemed designed to slant its news coverage. Soros, a radical leftist billionaire, is dubious enough as a funding source. A Muslim terrorist front group would seem to be even more dubious.
By agreeing to conceal the funding from government audit, Betsey Liley proved that she was aware that it could pose a problem. But as the tape shows, despite NPR denials, she did not think it enough of a problem to refuse the money.
Source: New video: NPR was going to accept Muslim Education Action Center donation and hide it from the government, Matthew Boyle, The Daily Caller, March 10th, 2011