James O’Keefe absolutely edited the NPR tapes in deliberately misleading ways. Yet it was one of Glenn Beck’s website that provided a detailed analysis of O’Keefe’s sleazy doings. Yes, Glenn Beck.
NPR should have been out with a full rebuttal within hours after the tapes were released. Politicians have Rapid Response teams. It’s beyond baffling why NPR didn’t rebut fast and furious using the unedited tapes as proof.
The same thing happened with Climategate. The response from the scientists came months later. It should have been hours later.
Maybe it’s just that liberal arrogance and condescension thing. ‘We have no need to respond to the rabble.’ Um, yes, you do. Because they’re eating your lunch. And you’re letting them.
So NPR’s first move probably should have been a longer, tougher conversation about the entrapment, but the Republicans in Congress are already shooting at the network’s feet. NPR and its board are not exactly a bunch of Clint Eastwood clones. They rolled over and showed their bellies right away.
As the legendary Wobblie organizer Big Bill Haywood said, “A liberal is the guy who leaves the room when a fight starts. “