The controversies in recent months that led to Schiller’s departure have given NPR’s critics opportunities to accuse it of liberal bias and to push for elimination of any federal funding for public broadcasting.
Did you catch that logic? You might recognize it from the Democratic playbook: They were mean to us because of what we did. So maybe if we cave to their demands they’ll start being nice to us.
1) They weren’t mean to you because of what you did. They were mean to you because they want to destroy you, and always have. They’d have been mean to you anyway.
2) Their plan for decades has been to destroy you. There is nothing you can do to make them play nice because they don’t want to play nice. They want to destroy you. Caving to their demands only shows weakness, and motivates them to go after you even more harshly in the future.
It reminds me of a Senate Democrat, I can’t recall which one, during the Bush years, who said the reason Dems were voting for some unconscionable Bush legislation was because if they didn’t, the Republicans would accuse them of siding with Osama bin Laden. Of course, what the Democrats never understood was that the Republicans were going to accuse them of siding with Osama regardless of what the Democrats did or didn’t do.
Republicans are ruthless, and Republicans lie. Until Democrats, and NPR, learn from history, they’ll be destined to repeat it.