They shoot, they score.
Leaving aside that Mr. Schiller is an idiot for talking so transparently to people he didn’t know, let’s get serious, shall we?
Anyone looked around the American Right today?
This part of the transcript reveals the reality:
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…
“MUSLIM”: The radical, racist, Islamophobic, Tea Party people?
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.
Many are focusing on NPR’s outrage over Schiller via their statement after the sting was publicized. That Schiller agrees NPR should not take federal funding because of independence simply further sets up the Right. It also likely dooms NPR to losing their funding eventually.
“As we continue to identify ways to cut spending and save valuable resources, this disturbing video makes clear that taxpayer dollars should no longer be appropriated to NPR.” – Rep. Eric Cantor, via The Hill
But really, isn’t the fact that right-wing conservatives were posing as “scary” Muslim Brotherhood fundraisers trying to catch NPR taking $5 million from this organization, which they declined, enough evidence of the Right’s underlying philosophy and motive regarding Muslims?
What do you call what Rep. Peter King is doing in his scheduled 21st century McCarthy hearings on “radical Islam” targeting Muslims? It’s not just Islamophobic, when you look at the Right’s anti-immigrant stance it’s really xenophobic.
Rep. Eric Cantor has decided to back King, so there can be little doubt of just how Islamophobic leading conservatives are today, because King is purposely targeting an entire group, because of a few fanatical terrorists.
Where does legislation like “fetal heartbeat” bills targeting women’s freedom come from, not to mention the mandatory sonogram legislation? A very fundamentalist, weird kind of person fanatically involved in people’s personal lives.
What kind of people concoct “justifiable homicide” legislation, which is meant to prevent harm to a fetus, ignoring the right’s of women won in the Supreme Court? The radical Right evangelical agenda that has hijacked the Republican Party.
This isn’t news or at least shouldn’t be.
Former Sen. Jack Danforth went so far to say that if Sen. Dick Lugar is challenged by the Tea Party it means Republicans “have gone so far overboard that we are beyond redemption.” That this comes from an Episcopalian priest should weigh deeply. In 2006, Danforth even asked “Why do traditional Republicans put up with this?”, referring to the “religious” right-wing that’s trying to take our entire country off the cliff. That the Right began titling their articles against people like Mr. Danforth, “Time for a RINO hunt?”, drives home the scary gun-toting language that aided the atmosphere leading to the Tucson domestic terrorism tragedy.
As for racist, did you see the disgusting pictures of Pres. Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama from Tea Party-backed Carl Paladino?
The stupidity of Mr. Schiller, who previously announced he’s leaving NPR for the Aspen Institute, getting caught on tape by a sting operation featuring fake wingnut Muslims speaks for itself.
The talk about Israel and Zionism, as well as “Palestinian Public Radio,” simply reveals our country is not mature enough for these discussions, let alone acting as an arbiter of peace, in which we’ve failed time and again.
But if you want to know why Al Jazeera is the most feared media network by the Right this little NPR sting episode, complete with fake, meant to be scary, Muslim Brotherhood played by wingnuts, gives you a clue.
As for the anti-intellectualism of the Tea Party Right, see Sarah Palin’s rise to vice president, with John McCain and his team not even vetting her first, because she looked so fine. Or look at the vilification of former V.P. Al Gore, who was a much smarter man than George W. Bush, the hero of the wingnut evangelical Right. And if you look into “Dr.” Rand Paul’s credentials you’ll find nothing there.