As everyone knows by now, independent journalist James O’Keefe has done another of his jaw-dropping gonzo videos, this one nailing National Public Radio executives courting actors pretending to be potential donors from a Muslim Brotherhood front group. The execs are caught spewing pompous, elitist slander against Tea Party America and seemingly agreeing with the “donors” that Jews have undue influence in some sectors of American journalism. In full damage control mode, NPR and its cronies in the Mainstream Media are claiming NPR repeatedly turned down an offer of 5 mil from the group, but our friends John Nolte and Larry O’Connor over at Breitbart’s Big Journalism are taking that claim apart with some NPR emails as evidence.
But even leaving aside NPR’s possibly immoral actions, what is so sad and appalling here is the elitist, left-wing prejudice these scurvy little people exude. That, at least, they can’t possibly deny. I mean, is there anyone on the left or right who thinks NPR ISN’T prejudiced against conservatives? Please.
And the reason I find this so sad and appalling is because in theory I’m the perfect NPR listener. I’m a major culture vulture. I want to hear in-depth stories about social problems and jazz musicians and foreign countries and so on. I’ve read all the books they’ve read. I’ve read a lot of the books they only pretend to have read. I even drink Chardonnay and eat Brie. Well, they’re good!
But I’m also a staunch conservative and a religious person (or as we now like to be called religo-American) and I don’t particularly like being insulted and trashed and looked down upon by people who have been wrong so often in the past and are wrong again now. I’m not a masochist, after all (except in the limited sense involving leather-clad women with whips) – why would I want to get my news and culture from an outlet that despises and rejects everything I am? Why would I want my government to fund it? With my money? (Yes, NPR, that’s where that money comes from. Wait till you find out how they make babies!)
The trouble with NPR is the same trouble as the trouble with Hollywood and the rest of mainstream journalism and the academy. Their isolation from dissenting ideas has left them in an atmosphere of self-deception bordering on corruption. They’re conformists who think they’re rebels. They’re leftists who think they’re moderates. They’re middle-brows who think they’re elites. And all it would take for them to right themselves and make their programs universally relevant and appealing would be to hire some people who know what they know yet who disagree with them.
Why not? Peter Robinson is a far better interviewer than Charlie Rose. Nolte knows as much about movies as anyone in America. Mark Steyn is as good a cultural commentator as walks the planet.
But to NPR, these aren’t potential employees – they’re enemies. They don’t know they need them. They may not even know they exist.