The latest episode at National Public Radio in which an act of fraud resulted in the firings of two Schillers is a further indication of the intellectual insufficiency which has the U.S. in its paralytic grip. It also demonstrates what a danger a genuine, professional journalism organization is to the conservative movement in America.
That a video tape recording an act of fraud is given such importance is another example of the adolescent level of American politics.The man whose career has been destroyed by the tape, Ron Schiller, headed the fund-raising division of NPR and had no role whatever in the news operation. What is most telling about the state of American politics and the corporate media which covers it is what is cited as transgressions in Schiller's conversation with the phony Islams on the tape.
However, there are organizational options that can keep NPR from falling into that abyss. In the meantime, people who think it important to have real journalism being practiced somewhere may have to donate money to replace the federal funds.