If there is a controversy swirling around NPR, you know our own dear congressman, Doug Lamborn, will get caught up in it. (Shouldn't he be focusing his efforts on real controversies, like the creeping jihad that New York Rep. Peter King is about to gut with his bare teeth?)
The latest NPR controversy comes from that great manufacturer of controversies, James O'Keefe. This secret videotaping focused on an NPR executive who badmouthed conservatives and the tea party. Worse yet, he badmouthed them to Muslims.
This is the final straw for Lamborn, who has issued this statement:
I am amazed at the condescension and arrogance that we saw in the video. They are obviously out of touch with ordinary Americans.
The evidence is overwhelming and the video is condemning. NPR does not need taxpayer dollars. If they, themselves, admit that they’d be better off without federal funding, there’s no need for further debate. Remove NPR from the federal budget and be done with it.
Just like the rest of America has done in this recession, public broadcasters must tighten their belts and make tough spending decisions. For his own good, it’s time to push Big Bird out of the nest so he can fly on his own.
In the wake of this controversy, Vivian Schiller, the CEO of NPR, has resigned.
O'Keefe has had quite the impact in his short 26 years. He is most notable for his ACORN sting, which was followed by his wiretapping stunt that targeted U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, which led to a sentence of three years probation and other stuff.
Oddly, his attempt, as reported by CNN, to punk a CNN reporter by luring her onto a boat filled with all the sex-romp trappings that a 26-year-old Republican can think of, hasn't seemed to discredit him in any way. That especially vile project of O'Keefe's, it has been reported, was hatched because of his belief that the reporter, Abbie Boudreau, was coming on to him.
Hmmm. Sounds reasonable.
The plan was to get her on his boat, seduce her, then film the whole tawdry exercise with his "sex camera."
Instead of giving her a serious interview, I'm going to punk CNN. Abbie has been trying to seduce me to use me, in order to spin a lie about me. So, I'm going to seduce her, on camera, to use her for a video. This bubble-headed-bleach-blonde who comes on at five will get a taste of her own medicine, she'll get seduced on camera and you'll get to see the awkwardness and the aftermath.
For what it's worth, O'Keefe has said that this whole punking was a miscommunication, and that when he said that Boudreau was trying to seduce him, he was speaking in metaphor.
How is NPR losing ground to this guy?