Archive for March 8th, 2011

While President and CEO of National Public Radio (NPR) Vivian Schiller was claiming that NPR receives “tremendous … criticism for being too conservative,” her senior executive at NPR was praising liberals for being “more educated, fair, and balanced than conservatives “and attacking Republicans and Tea Party members for being “seriously racist people.” No contradiction there!

The execs needn’t worry, however. NPR will continue to get tax dollars. Thanks to public education, more people now possess the power to hold two completely contradictory claims in their minds simultaneously and accept them both as true. Although NPR execs may decide to do some damage control and revise their narrative, it’s not really necessary when so many people in the country have been conditioned to believe that reality is subjective and truth is relative.

In his book, Unlimited Access: An FBI Agent Inside the Clinton White House, Gary Aldrich recounts the following exchange between FBI agent Dennis Sculimbrene and director of personnel security Craig Livingstone in the White House Security Office:

Livingstone:  “I don’t appreciate what you did for Billy Dale, Dennis. It wasn’t helpful.”

Sculimbrene:  “Craig, I just came down here to clear the air. I was subpoenaed, I was under oath; I had to tell—hell, I wanted to tell—the truth. What did you expect me to do?”

Livingstone:  “The truth, Dennis? Don’t you know that truth is relative? Your testimony was your version of the truth. Truth is whatever you want it to be.”

But not everyone in the country believes in the power of the narrative to shape reality; some stubbornly hold to the notion that reality is objective, and that “facts are facts, independent of man’s feelings, wishes, hopes or fears.”

Possible Republican candidate for president in 2012 and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has said that “two plus two must always equal four” is the most important governing slogan of the next 25 years.

“There always comes a time in history when the person who dares to say that two plus two equals four is punished with death.

And the issue is not what reward or what punishment will be the outcome of that reasoning. The issue is simply whether or not two plus two equals four.”—Albert Camus, The Plague

For progressives and Democrats two plus two equals whenever they want it to equal, and facts are important only insofar as they further the narrative.

I.M. Kane

For more on this story, see NPR executives caught on tape bashing conservatives and Tea Party, touting liberals and NPR CEO: ‘We Get a Tremendous Amount of Criticism for Being Too Conservative.’

In the 11:38 video below, National Public Radio senior executive, Ron Schiller and Betsy Liley, NPR’s director of institutional giving, meet for lunch in Georgetown at the Café Milano with two men posing as members of a Muslim Brotherhood front group and discuss federal funding, Christian fanatics, Zionists in the media, Tea Partiers, Republicans, uneducated conservatives, and Juan Williams.

RON SCHILLER:  The current Republican Party, particularly the Tea Party, is fanatically involved in people’s personal lives and very fundamental Christian — and I wouldn’t even call it Christian. It’s this weird evangelical kind of move… it’s been hijacked by this group that…

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

RON SCHILLER:  It’s not just Islamophobic, but really xenophobic. Basically, they believe in white, middle America, gun-toting — it’s pretty scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people. … In my personal opinion, liberals today might be more educated, fair and balanced than conservatives.”

NPR Muslim Brotherhood Investigation Part I 11:38 Video

In the 2:15 video below, National Public Radio President and CEO Vivian Schiller (no relation to Ron) said that NPR gets a “tremendous amount of criticism for being too conservative.” Schiller was asked if she believed “there’s an imbalance at NPR in terms of liberals and conservatives in the newsroom” during a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

NPR Gets a ‘Tremendous Amount of Criticism for Being Too Conservative,’ CEO Vivian Schiller Says 2:15 Video

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In the 5:10 video below, Harvard history professor Niall Ferguson schools six panelists on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on how the Ruler and his Bread and Circuses Administration “blew it” in Libya.  The professor leaves the Obama apologists crestfallen, knocking down every excuse they offered up in defense of the Ruler’s decision making throughout the Egyptian crisis:

Brzezinski:  So you’re not talking about the actual execution of negotiations during the crisis. You’re talking about the lack of preparation and perhaps preemptive action.

Ferguson:  Well I think the execution during the crisis was flip followed by flop followed by flip. I mean, how many times did the president’s position change? One minute he wanted Mubarak out, the next he wanted him to be part of an orderly transition. There were at least four different people saying four different things. In fact, I came to the conclusion that the United States had two foreign policies running concurrently. If it was Monday, it was Secretary Clinton’s. If it was Tuesday, it was back to President Obama’s. It was a shambles.

Brzezinski:  But let me just challenge you on that. Niall, flip followed by flop followed by flip, to use your words, seems to have worked. Did it not?

Ferguson:  It’s worked, has it? I wish I shared your confidence. Right now, we have a six-month period of military rule. Right now, we have, as far as I can see, virtually no organization on the part of secular Democrats. The only organized opposition force in Egyptian politics right now is the Muslim Brotherhood. Now if you look closely at what the Muslim Brotherhood stands for, it is for the imposition and enforcement of Shariah law and the restoration of the Caliphate. Anybody who counts this as a major breakthrough for United States foreign policy hasn’t got a clue about what happens in the wake of a revolution like this. It is far too early to say that this is a triumph. On the contrary, the risks are extremely high. Between now and the end of the year, the Muslim Brotherhood will get into power, and then we will be staring at something comparable, in its magnitude, to 1979 in Iran.

(H-T Clive)

I.M. Kane

For more information on this story, see Niall Ferguson joins “Morning Joe” to discuss his recent Newsweek cover story and Wanted: A Grand Strategy for America.

 Harvard’s Niall Ferguson Schools Her on Muslim Brotherhood and Caliphate 5:10 Video

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