National Public Radio, or National Money-laundering Radio?

Posted by: Phineas on March 10, 2011 at 8:45 pm

**Posted by Phineas

When James O’Keefe released his sting video of NPR executives trashing conservatives, Republicans, and Jews while currying favor with what they though were potential donors from a Muslim Brotherhood front group, he promised a follow up. I had a feeling he wasn’t just blowing smoke; a slow drip of explosive revelations is the style he honed while working under Andrew Breitbart.

But I never thought it would be this good. Offering to hide the source of a donation from the IRS?

In case you don’t want to watch the whole thing, here’s the key portion, via The Daily Caller:

New video released Thursday afternoon indicates National Public Radio intended to accept a $5 million donation from fictitious Muslim Brotherhood front group Muslim Education Action Center (MEAC) Trust – and that the publicly funded radio network might have helped MEAC make the donation anonymously to protect it from a federal government audit.

When a man posing as Ibrahim Kasaam asked, “It sounded like you were saying NPR would be able to shield us from a government audit, is that correct?” NPR’s senior director of institutional giving, Betsy Liley, responded, “I think that is the case, especially if you are anonymous. I can inquire about that.” According to conservative James O’Keefe, whose Project Veritas organization conducted the NPR sting organization, the man posing as Kasaam made two follow-up phone calls to Liley after their lunch.

Liley said a $5 million donation would amount to about “10 years of support.”

Kasaam follows up by asking: “The fact that NPR is not only a tax-exempt organization, but also receives direct contributions from the government — does that invite some sort of government oversight or government examination of contributions, et cetera?”

Liley answered: “They have audited our programs at times and, I think, as part of that, they can look at our audited financials. If you are concerned in any way about that, that’s one reason you might want to be an anonymous donor. And, we would certainly, if that was your interest, want to shield you from that.

Emphasis added.

Liley goes on to say the same anonymous-donor protection was afforded to universities and other donors, but, come on! There’s a difference between taking money from, say, Notre Dame and covering up a gift from a self-admitted front for the Ikhwan. You know, the organization whose motto is:

“Allah is our goal, the Prophet is our leader, the Quran is our constitution, the Jihad is our way, and the Death for Allah is our most exalted wish.”

But, don’t worry; NPR will make sure no one in the government knows the money came from the same group that founded Hamas, an organization designated as a terrorist organization by the Department of State.

Forget cutting their funding — NPR will be lucky if the FBI doesn’t show up with search warrants.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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7 Responses to “National Public Radio, or National Money-laundering Radio?”


  1. Carlos says:

    NPR. Isn’t that the radio branch of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting? And all the other pb’s that are constantly begging you to send in “just $10,000, $1,000, even $500 dollars will help us to continue the excellent programming you see every day.”?

    My, oh my, I wonder how close to the Wall Street CEOs their execs come in compensation, both pay and perks?

    And I wonder how they’ll survive after all this fiasco?

    Of course, the ideology and intelligence of the majority of their listeners will allow them to continue their hate America campaign disguised as “diversity,” so I guess all they need to do is beg just a little more…

  2. Jayne says:

    What does she mean that $5 million would amount to about 10 years of support? Is that positive coverage of the Muslim Brotherhood and their issues?

  3. daveinboca says:

    Jayne asks an interesting question above. I took it as simply referring to some sort of notional cover-up, but Betsy the money launderer might be referring to the sort of positive coverage that NPR traditionally gives to CAIR and other Muslim Brotherhood affiliates, like Hamas. Conversely, it could refer to ten years of biased coverage of Israel in NPR’s already slanted commentary on the Middle East.

    What Voltaire said of the Church applies to NPR & PBS: “Ecrasez ”l’infame.” “Crush the infamous thing.”

  4. daveinboca says:

    As a follow-on to my comment above, isn’t James O’Keefe the political equivalent of Aston Krutcher with the way O’K “PUNK’D” ACORN & Landrieu & now NPR?

    The guy is a genius.

  5. Kate says:

    I believe you are correct daveinboca! ANd regarding the “ten years of support” the notion that they would be financially supported occured to me at first, but wiley Jayne has a more adequate explanation. Of course they want support of their causes and the anti-Israeli spin on news stories.

    My question….wouldn’t they question how they are going to wire transfer that amount of money without the banking industry watchdogs raising an eyebrow?

  6. Drew says:

    Yes. In fact its required by the Patriot Act. One wonders how they thought this would work.

  7. Carlos says:

    These are educated highbrows. Anything they do makes perfect sense. To them.

    This is exactly like any other program they think up: the unintended consequences of any action (in this case, getting caught laundering money) just isn’t relevant to their plan because their plan is so wonderful and they can feel sooooo good about it.