James O’Keefe is at it again. He, you'll recall, is the guy who put together those videos that made it look like it was business as usual at ACORN to facilitate childhood prostitution. This time he caught a high-ranking NPR executive saying things that are bound further to endanger the radio network’s public funding. Not only does the NPR executive concede that the network would survive, indeed be better off, without taxpayer subsidies, but he manages to embody just about every negative stereotype about liberals circulating on conservative talk radio. He’s comically elitist, unabashedly partisan and doesn’t seem the least uncomfortable rubbing elbows with representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood anxious to counter Jewish domination of the mainstream media. He seems to regard Tea Partiers, on the other hand, as exotic specimens from an alien culture.
I probably don’t need to remind you that O’Keefe doesn’t have a reputation for being scrupulously fair-minded when it comes to staging and editing his videos. So take this one with a grain of salt. Yet the results are still impressive enough already to have provoked a defensive reaction from NPR higher-ups. Take a look for yourself:
Nobody who has listened to NPR, as I regularly do, will be surprised to learn that it’s run by doctrinaire liberals. The shocking thing, if you ask me, is that a high-ranking public radio executive would be so unapologetically contemptuous of the intelligence and common sense of ordinary Americans. You’d never get the idea that this guy thinks that people without fancy degrees are any part of his network’s audience or that enlightening “public opinion” (as opposed to confirming the convictions of his “educated” peers) is part of its mission.
Etiquette in the liberal subculture I came of age in used to oblige liberals to be, or at least pretend to be, (small d) democrats with a modicum of respect for the people who were supposed to be the principal beneficiaries of the liberal political agenda. I guess that’s no longer the case.