James O’Keefe’s group also talked with PBS

March 9, 2011

The fictional group Muslim Education Action Center Trust, which duped Ron Schiller of NPR into talking candidly about his views on the tea party, also met with an executive at PBS.

PBS spokeswoman Anne Bentley confirmed Wednesday that, like NPR, the public television station was contacted by fake donors, but after the group’s credentials could not be confirmed, PBS did not follow up with the group.

“PBS got the same offer and turned it down,” NPR Ombudsman Lisa Shepard told Post readers in an online discussion Wednesday morning.

Bentley told the New York Times that PBS’s senior vice president for development, Brian Reddington, attended a lunch with the fake donors, but she did not know if any video had been filmed.

Tuesday video of Ron Schiller was released by conservative activist James O’Keefe. It led to Schiller’s dismissal from NPR, as well as the resignation of NPR CEO Vivian Schiller (the two share no relation).

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