NPR Exec Calls Tea Party Racist in Hidden-Camera Video

Washington (AP) – An NPR executive was captured on hidden camera calling the tea party movement racist and xenophobic and says NPR would be better off without federal funding.

The video was posted Tuesday on the website for James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas. O’Keefe is the conservative activist whose previous hidden-camera videos embarrassed the community-organizing group ACORN.

The network said Tuesday it was appalled by the comments of Ron Schiller, who announced last week he was stepping down as president of the NPR Foundation.

An NPR spokeswoman says there is no connection between the video and Schiller’s departure.

It comes at a time that some conservative members of Congress have proposed ending funding for NPR, claiming it promotes a liberal agenda.

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