It's hard to decide which of Schiller's remarks was worse for someone representing NPR.
– That the Republican Party is "anti-intellectual?"
– That Tea Party people aren't "just Islamaphobic, but really xenophobic.I mean basically they are, they believe in sort of white, middle-American gun-toting, I mean it's scary. They're seriously racist, racist people."
– Or that NPR "would be better off in the long-run without federal funding" - a position that directly conflicts with NPR and public media's stance against Congress slashing $400 million in federal funding.
– Or that Schiller seemed to be saying that conservatives, by and large, are uneducated.
"To me, this is representative of the thing that I guess I'm 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," said Schiller in the video. "So you have this very large uneducated part of the population that carries these ideas. It's much more about anti-intellectual than it is political." [Because the video is edited, it is not clear what "this" refers to or what "these ideas" that a large part of the population carries.]Uh, no, Ruth's "NPR 'forgets' the anti-semitic remarks in their 'report'" noted the most offensive comment.
-- "It's there in those who own newspapers."
That's in the section where everyone goes crazy attacking the Jews. How strange that Alicia Shepard missed that. Yeah, strange.
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