Hikind Demands Federal Goverment To Remove Funding For NPR After Anti Semitic Remarks


hikindAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is calling on the New York Congressional delegation to strip National Public Radio (NPR) of its annual allocation of $90 million in federal funding in light of a recent video featuring outgoing NPR Foundation and Senior Vice President of Development Ron Schiller agreeing with undercover journalists posing as members of a Muslim Brotherhood front group who remark that the Jews control the media. After several minutes of the journalists’ phony diatribe against Israel and Jews, Schiller finally responds that he doesn’t find Jewish control of the media to be an issue at NPR per se, but “it’s in there in those who own newspapers obviously, but no one owns NPR.”

“It is no secret that NPR has a long history of anti-Israel bias in their reporting, or that their journalistic standards are far from fair and balanced,” Hikind wrote in a letter to New York’s Representatives. “This is just the latest of a string of incidents involving NPR’s one-sidedness.”

In the video, Mr. Schiller also decries the $90 million in federal funding NPR receives each year, alleging that, “Particularly Republicans play off of the belief among the general population that most of our funding comes from the government. . . .well, frankly, it is very clear that we would be better off in the long run without federal funding.”

Hikind’s letter continues: “Because of the totality of Mr. Schiller’s egregious remarks, NPR should immediately be stripped of this $90 million annual allocation. The funding should be re-directed to other organizations which do not espouse and perpetuate negative stereotypes. This will send a very clear message to Mr. Schiller and those like him that prejudice and intolerance will not be tolerated or rewarded by the United States government.”

{Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. It’s appalling how many Jewish Democratic politicians who should know better had no problem funding NPR til now! I also wonder why they are still Democrats at all; the answer may include inertia and careerism. Their party has gone way off the moral tracks, and they can do little to get it back on.