March 11, 2011
In 1993 I wrote a newspaper column about a Washington Post reporter who said evangelicals were “poor, uneducated and easy to command.”
I recalled that column when I heard about another National Public Radio scandal. NPR’s chief fundraiser, now fired, told some people masquerading as members of the Muslim Brotherhood that there are no Jews at NPR and that Jews are in newspapers. Ron Schiller also condemned the Tea Party movement as racist and said those who claim to be Christians are fundamentalists and not even Christians. Oh, and they tote guns, too.
Later NPR said Schiller’s comments do not reflect NPR’s views. Really?
After that long ago Washington Post story, the ombudsman at the time said you have to understand, we don’t know many of “these people.”
These and so many other comments are why conservatives and Christians no longer trust the mainstream media. If a conservative had made these comments about liberals, his career would be over. Schiller was going to move to the liberal Aspen Institute. But after his remarks were made public, Aspen doesn’t want him.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.