Black and White City Bridge wallpaper II

Black and White City Bridge wallpaper II

Oddly enough some of the observations in this column come from some contributors to Glenn beck’s site, Further Analysis Finds Deceptive Editing In NPR Scam Video

— The video “does not explain how the NPR executives would have a basis to believe they were meeting with a Muslim Brotherhood front group,” and indeed “includes a longer section of description that seems to downplay connections of the MEAC group to the Muslim Brotherhood as popularly perceived.”

— The video is edited to make it appear that Ron Schiller “is aware and perhaps amused or approving of the MEAC[‘s]” advocacy for Sharia law, but Schiller’s “Really? That’s what they said?” remark is actually made in reference to “confusion” involving the “restaurant reservation.”

— Schiller is actually complimentary of Republicans, and prefaces his criticism of the Tea Party by indicating that it’s his own opinion, not NPR’s. (Plenty of conservatives and Tea Party activists have averred that NPR has treated them fairly.) Baker also finds footage in which Schiller and director of institutional giving Betsy Liley express a hesitancy to disparage the “education of conservatives” and defend “intellects of Fox News viewers.”

I watched the featured version of the video at O’Keefe’s site. Over forty minutes long. It is edited with a voice over. It jumps back and forth. Much of it is inaudible or barely audible. While some viewers with a certain predisposition may find the conservations have continuity, the video does jump in places. That should tell the average person they are missing some part of the entire encounter. It is the ACORN videos all over again. Jason Linkins, who did the write up at the first link notes what many have already said. NPR caved too easily and too soon. Fund raiser Ron Schiller was leaving anyway, but Vivian Schiller(no relation to Ron) should not have been forced to resign. Such rash over reaction does reaffirm in the public’s mind that something unethical was going on. Even if Ron’s assertions were true word for word, the tea baggers have race issues and Ron does have a right to his personal opnions. There is no proof what so ever those opinions made it into a newscast by NPR. MM has some further notes, Did NPR Exec. Really Call Tea Partiers Racist?

In reality, the unedited video shows Schiller was attributing that sentiment to two Republicans who he spoke with (the portion O’Keefe omitted is bolded):

SCHILLER: I won’t break a confidence, but a person who was an ambassador — so a very highly placed Republican — another person who was one of the top donors to the Republican Party, they both told me they voted for Obama, which they never believed they could ever do in their lives. That they could ever vote for a Democrat, ever. And they did, because they believe that the current Republican Party is not really the Republican Party. It’s been hijacked by this group that is

“AMIR MALIK”: The radical, racist, Islamophobic, Tea Party people?

SCHILLER: Exactly. And not just Islamophobic but really xenophobic.

That’s pretty damning. You can watch The Blaze’s juxtaposition of the two versions of the video here:

O’Keefe’s colleague has defended this dishonest editing by suggesting that Schiller was “clearly agreeing with” the Republicans he cited. The Blaze similarly argues that “[a]t the end, [Schiller] signals his agreement.”

The argument that Schiller agreed that the Tea Parties are racist seems to be based on O’Keefe’s transcription of what Schiller said next. Here’s the text O’Keefe included in the edited video:

SCHILLER: And not just Islamophobic but really xenophobic, I mean basically they are, they are, they believe in sort of white, middle-America, gun-toting I mean, it’s scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people.

But much of that audio is extremely hard to understand, and it’s not at all clear that O’Keefe’s transcription is accurate.

Take this portion, for example: “believe in sort of white, middle-America, gun-toting.” The way O’Keefe (and much of the media) transcribed it, it sounds like Schiller may be agreeing that Tea Partiers are pro-gun, middle-American, white supremacists.

But listen to the audio again. Can you really hear Schiller use the phrase “in sort of”? I can’t. It sounds like Schiller is might actually be saying, “They believe THAT THEY’RE white, middle-America, gun-toting.” Alternately, he might be saying, “They believe IT’S sort of white, middle-America, gun-toting.” If either of those is correct, it seems highly possible that the “they” Schiller is referring to is the two Republicans Schiller spoke with. In that case, Schiller would simply be saying that these two Republicans view the Tea Partiers as “white, middle-America, gun-toting.”

Either way, whether O’Keefe is ever so helpfully filling in the blanks or Schiller point blank said what he said so what. Frothing at the mouth rabid wing-nut Michelle Malkin wrote In Defense of Internment: The Case for Racial Profiling in World War II and the War on Terror. Right-wing opportunist ANN Coulter wrote Guilty: Liberal “Victims” and Their Assault on America; in which each and every liberal in America is portrayed as a traitor. Malkin and Coulter are still on Fox. Coulter is invited on NBC’s Today show to promote every new unhinged tirade that she pieces to together almost word for word from news clips she gets off Lexus-Nexus. Liberalism, the political philosophy that inspired Jefferson, Madison and Benjamin Franklin. Sean Hannity not so impressed, he wrote Deliver Us from Evil : Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism. Schiller may have said something about the tea smoker’s xenophobia, Sean Hannity equates all liberals with the same terrorists who committed the atrocites of 9-11. I don’t take personal offense. One of the reasons is that O’Keefe, Malkin, Coulter and Hannity all have a belief system that is the antithesis of a democratic republic, a world view that is 180 degrees off of American ideals. What they think, insulting or egregiously bone headed, is wrong on the facts. Without the liberalism of the Jeffersons, Madisons and their European counter-parts such as John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, there would no United States as we know it today. Liberals fought a revolution and won two world wars so these gutter denizens of the Right could abuse their freedom to undermine freedom.

Top 10 most shocking spending cuts Republicans voted for. Considering the news out of Japan and Hurricane Katrina in our own recent past, number one stands out,

1) The National Weather Service

The bill stripped $126 million from the Natural Weather Service, the agency within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tasked with preparing us for natural disasters such as tsunamis, hurricanes, blizzards, floods and fires.

It’s the same agency that issued a tsunami warning Friday for people on the West Coast after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake devastated Japan. The measure cut a total of $454.3 million from NOAA operations, research and facilities.

In light of the Right’s on-going battle to shift blame for the housing bubble, the Wall St meltdown and to place the burden of sacrifice for our current state budget problems on the backs of the middle-class and working poor these two are especially abhorrent,

5) Oversight Of Financial Markets

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission, tasked [7] with overseeing [8] derivative swaps and financial instruments, saw a $56.8 billion cut in the GOP plan. The financial crisis of 2008-09 is believed to have been caused by a lack of effective oversight. (President Obama wants to increase CFTC’s funding.)

6) Prosecution Of Financial Crimes

In the wake of Bernie Madoff, and after big banks apparently got away with suckering people into predatory loans, Republicans voted to cut $2.1 million from the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

Do Republicans enjoy the financial hardships that America and it’s families go through. It certainly seems as though they do. By weakening regulation and prosecution they are just inviting another great recession down the road.