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Elitist Media Outlet Gives Up All Pretense of Neutrality

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Tea Party Patriots called on Congress to defund National Public Radio (NPR) of all federal funding after biased comments by Ron Schiller, president of NPR Foundation, surfaced in an undercover video released by James O’Keefe.  In the video, Mr. Schiller says that there “just aren’t enough elites in this country” and calls the majority of American “uneducated” and “racist.”

“Mr. Schiller himself candidly admits in the video that NPR doesn’t need federal funding, and welcomes the opportunity to slant their reporting without the oversight of the taxpayer,” said Mark Meckler, national coordinator for Tea Party Patriots.  “At a time when the country is upside down by more than a trillion dollars, can we really afford to provide huge subsidies to entities that openly state that they don’t need the money?  Let’s take his advice and pass legislation that would defund the clearly biased news organization that is out of touch with Americans across the country.”

“Mr. Schiller’s latest comments provoke a larger question: how long will we as a nation be willing to tolerate the arrogance of the self-appointed ruling elite?,” said Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator for Tea Party Patriots.  “His unedited comments are indicative of the mentality of ruling elites who are threatened by the power of the Tea Party Patriots.  This bizarre behavior comes at a time when Americans are taking their country back through the legislative process.  Political victory has led to policy victory, and the elite had better wake up to the new reality.”

In the video, Schiller said the Republican Party has been “hijacked” by the Tea Party.  A man posing as Amir Malik from the fictitious Muslim Education Action Center Trust finished the sentence by adding, “the radical, racist, Islamaphobic, Tea Party people.”   Schiller then agreed and said that Tea Party supporters aren’t “just Islamaphobic, but really xenophobic, I mean basically they are, they believe in sort of white, middle-America gun-toting. I mean, it’s scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people.”

Tea Party Patriots is a national grassroots coalition with more than 3,000 locally organized chapters and more than 15 million supporters nationwide.  Tea Party Patriots is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting the principles of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets.  Visit Tea Party Patriots online at www.TeaPartyPatriots.org.