With all of the technology on the market, it is easy to make videos and post them on the Internet that show people undercover and getting important information about a company. This week, a video was released which has caused a lot of controversy for a major news organization and it might cost them more than just their reputation.
The Christian Science Monitor reports that NPR CEO Vivian Schiller resigned Wednesday, March 9. The resignation comes after controversial conservative journalist James O’Keefe released a video which showed Ron Schiller, the NPR fundraising executive, bad-mouthing conservatives and the Tea Party. The video shows Ron making racist comments about the Tea Party and how he was willing to accept money from the fake Muslim Brotherhood members. People are very angry in the political world since NPR willingly made an agreement with the fake Muslim Brotherhood members. There is also a lot of anger because of the racist statements Ron made, which is something that should not be politically acceptable.
The effect the video sting will have on NPR’s funding status as Congress mulls budget cuts will be significant, according to the Atlantic. In the video, Ron even says that they could survive without government funding and that they might even be better off. With the executive of NPR saying how well they would do without federal funding, it makes for a significant reason to defund the organization. Republicans have been calling for the defunding of NPR, and the video basically backs up their case of why government funding should be cut off. The fact that Ron made disparaging remarks about the Tea Party might just be the push over the cliff needed for approval of defunding NPR. It also shows NPR in talks with the fake Muslim Brotherhood members and talking about exchanging cash for pro-Muslim views, which is also a hot-button topic in the media.
ABC News reported that in a similar situation, the House passed a measure to end federal funding of Planned Parenthood. The end of Planned Parenthood’s government funding came on the heels of undercover videos that were released. ABC News reports the videos showed the organization trying to coach a pimp on how to run his business with prostitutes and how to cover the business. The videos also showed the Planned Parenthood staff talking about how to get a young woman an abortion who was clearly underage and without a parent present. These videos went viral and resulted in many lawmakers becoming angry that their money was being used to fund an organization that promoted abortions and illegal activities.
Given how the situation worked out with Planned Parenthood and how the videos were used to federally defund them, NPR will have a similar outcome. The undercover videos will allow the federal government to make their push for the defunding of NPR because of the extent of the vitriol and racism that they promote. The Planned Parenthood and NPR undercover videos are very similar in that they show the organizations in a bad light and show immoral activity. Ron is making NPR look really bad and it will cast a bad light on the whole organization. Given the potential ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and willingness to accept the money from the fake members, it will give Congress the final straw it needs to defund them.
Patrik Jonsson, “Vivian Schiller, NPR chief, resigns amid uproar over ‘sting video'”, Christian Science Monitor
Chris Good, “What James O’Keefe’s Latest Video Means for NPR Funding”, The Atlantic
Devin Dwyer, “Planned Parenthood Fires N.J. Clinic Manager Seen in Sting Video”, ABC News
ABC News Staff, “House Votes to Strip Planned Parenthood of Federal Funding”, ABC News