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Hidden-camera video leads to resignation of two NPR executives

Posted by Jack Pickell  March 9, 2011 10:10 AM

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NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller has resigned in the wake of fallout over a hidden-camera video by James O'Keefe.

O'Keefe, a conversative activitist, was also responsible for the hidden-camera video that stirred up controversy around ACORN in 2009.

In the 11-minute video, Ron Schiller, president of the NPR Foundation and vice president of development, and Betsy Liley, senior director of institutional giving, speak with two men posing as prospective donors from the Muslim Brotherhood Front Group. The discussion includes the two NPR employees' candid opinions on everything from the Tea Party, the place of federal funding in the NPR system, and the firing of Juan Williams.

At around the 2:18 mark, Schiller discusses the Tea Party movement, calling it "xenophobic" and suggesting it has "hijacked" the Republican Party.

"They're really racist, racist people," Schiller says.

Schiller also notes that NPR would "definitely survive" if federal funding was pulled (7:00 mark) and defines the value of NPR as standing for "non-racist, non-bigoted, straightforward telling of the news" (9:55 mark).

Ron Schiller also resigned from the station following the release of the video.

Watch the full video below.

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