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PBS contacted by NPR-duping fake Muslim group

This 2008 file photo provided by National Public Radio shows Vivian Schiller. NPR says CEO Vivian Schiller resigned in aftermath of fundraiser's remarks on hidden video.
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WASHINGTON - PBS says it was contacted by the same fake Muslim group that arranged a meeting with an NPR executive and secretly videotaped him calling the tea party racist.

PBS spokeswoman Anne Bentley said Wednesday that they had an initial conversation with the Muslim Education Action Center but had concerns about the group. She says a PBS executive was contacted, but when PBS couldn't confirm the organization's credentials, they halted discussions.

The Muslim Education Action Center is tied to conservative activist James O'Keefe. He posted a video online Tuesday of NPR executive Ron Schiller meeting with the fake Muslim group. The tape led to the resignation of NPR's chief executive, Vivian Schiller.

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Meanwhile, the White House says it still supports taxpayer funding for NPR, despite the shake-up at the news organization.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday that both Democratic and Republican presidents have supported such funding in the past and that there remains a need to support public broadcasting.