NPR exec Ron Schiller blasts tea party in hidden-camera video

James O'Keefe, left, and Stan Dai walk out of the St. Bernard Parish jail in Chalmette, La., Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010. O'Keefe, a conservative activist, was one of four people arrested by the FBI and accused of trying to interfere with phones at Sen. Mary Landrieu's office in New Orleans.
James O'Keefe, left, and Stan Dai walk out of the St. Bernard Parish jail in Chalmette, La., Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010. O'Keefe, a conservative activist, was one of four people arrested by the FBI and accused of trying to interfere with phones at Sen. Mary Landrieu's office in New Orleans. (AP)
By BEN NUCKOLS
The Associated Press
Tuesday, March 8, 2011; 5:21 PM

WASHINGTON -- An NPR executive was captured on hidden camera calling the tea party movement racist and xenophobic and says NPR would be better off without federal funding.

The video was posted Tuesday on the website for James O'Keefe's Project Veritas. O'Keefe is the conservative activist whose previous hidden-camera videos embarrassed the community-organizing group ACORN.

The network said Tuesday it was appalled by the comments of Ron Schiller, who announced last week he was stepping down as president of the NPR Foundation.

An NPR spokeswoman says there is no connection between the video and Schiller's departure.

It comes at a time that some conservative members of Congress have proposed ending funding for NPR, claiming it promotes a liberal agenda.


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