MoveOn.org, a staunch defender of public broadcast, today denounced James O'Keefe's undercover video in which a high-level NPR exec disparages Republicans and suggests NPR would be better off without public funding.
MoveOn has previously come to NPR's defense as congressional Republicans have sought to eliminate federal funds for public broadcasting. Last month, MoveOn asked its members to sign an online petition to "Save NPR and PBS."
When asked for comment about the video, MoveOn Executive Director Justin Ruben had this to say about O'Keefe's video in a statement sent via e-mail:
This is part of a well documented effort by O'Keefe, Breitbart and many others on the right to use so-called 'stings' to target people they disagree with. As we have seen with past videos - like Planned Parenthood or Shirley Sherrod--the videos are often times heavily edited and the whole truth doesn't come out for days. O'Keefe has a long history of ridiculous stunts. Remember this is the guy who was arrested in New Orleans for trying to tap Senator Landrieu's phone and once tried to come up with an outlandish scheme to lure a CNN reporter onto a 'palace of pleasure' to embarrass the network. I just don't understand why anyone takes him seriously.
NPR is a vital source of independent journalism. That is why more than 1.2 million people have signed a petition we will deliver next week telling Congress not to defund NPR. If anything, stunts like this from O'Keefe show why we need strong independent media outlets.