A covertly recorded video of NPR Foundation President Ron Schiller meeting with prospective donors was released by conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe this morning. Schiller, whose appointment to a new job with the Aspen Institute was announced last week, was recorded in February describing members of the Tea Party as “white, middle America, gun-toting…..They’re seriously racist, racist people.” Schiller was having lunch with two men from a fake Muslim foundation who said they were interested in donating $5 million to public media. In the heavily edited, 11- minute video, Schiller told them NPR would “be better off in the long run without federal funding.” Coverage by Slate’s David Weigel, the Daily Caller and NPR’s own news blog, The Two-Way.
Clarification: An earlier version of this post linked Schiller’s departure to the video sting, but NPR denies the connection. “[W]e weren’t aware there was a video until this morning,” said NPR’s Dana Davis Rehm. “He was in discussion with his new employer before the video was produced. He did not know he was being filmed. We did not know he was being filmed.”