- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 9, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — PBS on Wednesday said it had been contacted by the same fake Muslim group that arranged a meeting with an NPR executive and secretly videotaped him calling the tea party racist.

Public Broadcasting Service spokeswoman Anne Bentley said her organization had an initial conversation with the Muslim Education Action Center but had concerns about the group. She said 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 (no relation to Mr. Schiller).

AP writer David Bauder contributed to this report.