Schiller's departure came a day after the online release of a secretly taped video from a conservative activist, whose group recorded NPR's top fundraiser deriding Tea Party members, evangelical Christians, Republicans and the supposed Jewish control of newspapers.
That's from Martha T. Moore's report for USA Today and, for that report, I will make Martha T. Moore my hero of the day. As Ruth has been noting since the tape emerged of two NPR-ers meeting with what they thought were donors, one of the many insulting things was the attacks on the Jewish people and the fact that NPR's chief fundraiser (the fired Schiller -- or a fired one, since NPR has fired two this week) tosses out that, unlike the newspapers, NPR is not controlled by the Jews.
Yet somehow, I keep reading reports, keep seeing them and no one seems to notice that remark, that an NPR employee states that Jews control the newspapers isn't news?
That's probably one of the most insulting things about the entire thing -- and there's a lot that's insulting.
Martha T. Moore may be the only reporter covering this story with any sense of perspective or decency since she's the only one I've come across thus far not to bury that aspect.
That was a very mean, evil and hurtful thing for Schiller to say. When I have come across racism and been upset, Ruth has always been there for me. And I am always thankful for that; however, I never it would be the reverse position. In that, I mean, I thought we would talk about it and that would be it when it happened.
Why did I think that?
Because I thought attacks on Jewish people would get some attention, I thought antisemitism would be loudly called out by the press.
Instead, I see it go down and I see all these people look the other way and try to avoid it.
As a Black woman, I'm used to feeling that racism gets a pass. But at least we can count on it to be acknowledged by the press in many cases. What's going on here is the press is working overtime to ignore that Schiller expressed some very real hatred of Jews.
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