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It’s A Bad Week For The Schillers At NPR

First from Mediaite:

NPR’s Ron Schiller: ‘I Have Agreed That My Resignation Is Effective Today’

by Matt Schneider | March 8th, 2011

The fallout from the undercover video of NPR executives began with NPR’s response and now NPR has released… Schiller’s response:

“While the meeting I participated in turned out to be a ruse, I made statements during the course of the meeting that are counter to NPR’s values and also not reflective of my own beliefs. I offer my sincere apology to those I offended. I previously resigned from NPR effective May 6th to accept another job. In an effort to put this unfortunate matter behind us, NPR and I have agreed that my resignation is effective today.”

In other words Mr. Schiller now claims that he was not representing NPR’s views or even his own.

Meanwhile, we found this announcement somewhat buried on NPR’s ‘Two-Way’ news blog:

NPR CEO Vivian Schiller Resigns

By Mark Memmott
March 9, 2011

NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller has resigned, NPR just announced.

This follows yesterday’s news that then-NPR fundraiser Ron Schiller (no relation) was videotaped slamming conservatives and questioning whether NPR needs federal funding during a lunch with men posing as members of a Muslim organization (they were working with political activist James O’Keefe on a "sting.")

Vivian Schiller quickly condemned Ron Schiller’s comments, and he moved up an already-announced decision to leave NPR and resigned effectively immediately. But Ron Schiller’s gaffe followed last fall’s dismissal of NPR political analyst Juan Williams, for which Vivian Schiller came under harsh criticism and NPR’s top news executive, Ellen Weiss, resigned.

NPR just sent this statement from NPR Board of Directors Chairman Dave Edwards to its staff and member stations:

"It is with deep regret that I tell you that the NPR Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Vivian Schiller as President and CEO of NPR, effective immediately.

"The Board accepted her resignation with understanding, genuine regret, and great respect for her leadership of NPR these past two years.

"Vivian brought vision and energy to this organization. She led NPR back from the enormous economic challenges of the previous two years. She was passionately committed to NPR’s mission, and to stations and NPR working collaboratively as a local-national news network…

"I recognize the magnitude of this news – and that it comes on top of what has been a traumatic period for NPR and the larger public radio community. The Board is committed to supporting NPR through this interim period and has confidence in NPR’s leadership team." …

What a shame. All that self-righteous smug superiority down the drain.

Of course none of this would have happened if these two had belonged to a union.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 9th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “It’s A Bad Week For The Schillers At NPR”

  1. BillK says:

    You can read the disgust in the liberal author’s tone.

    From Daily Variety:

    NPR CEO exits after Tea Party flap

    By Tom Lowry

    Vivian Schiller has resigned as CEO of NPR following a controversy in which a top fundraiser was caught secretly on a videotape saying disparaging remarks about conservatives and the Tea Party.

    Schiller’s resignation comes as a controversy builds about defunding NPR.

    Schiller, a former New York Times exec who has been on the job at NPR just two years, is being replaced on an interim basis by NPR top legal affair executive Joyce Slocum.

    The (NPR) Board accepted her resignation with understanding, genuine regret, and great respect for her leadership of NPR these past two years,” NPR Board Chairman Dave Edwards said. “Vivian brought vision and energy to this organization. She led NPR back from the enormous economic challenges of the previous two years. She was passionately committed to NPR’s mission, and to stations and NPR working collaboratively as a local-national news network.” …

    http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118033641 (subscription likely required to view)

    If you hadn’t heard the comments, fundraiser Ron Schiller stated Tea Party members were:

    xenophobic, I mean basically they are; they believe in sort of white, middle-America gun-toting. I mean, it’s scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people.

    Ironically he also stated that NPR “would be better off in the long run without federal funding.”

    I think we can make that happen.

    Who do we have to thank for this exposure? James O’Keefe, again.

  2. proreason says:

    TWO Schills? How appropos is that ! !

    The idiot who got caught is Obamy junior. According to his own words, there is no connection whatsoever between what he thinks and what he says. So the words that come out of his mouth mean nothing. He can’t be held accountable for them. The words could be interpretted any way by anybody. He’s free to say whatever works, without shame or conscience. Now that is real freedom, if you ask me. They live in a bubble completely detached from reality; they can cause no pain, no suffering. They have no responsibility, no accountabily. The world spins and they don’t even feel the rotation. They are little gods unto themselves.

    And it’s so convenient when your ultimate goal is simply power.

    • JohnMG says:

      …..”It is with deep regret that I tell you that the NPR Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Vivian Schiller as President and CEO of NPR, effective immediately……”

      A real apology would read; “It is with deep regret that the NPR Board of Directors had hired Vivian Schiller and Ron Schiller (no relation) in the first place.”

    • proreason says:

      John, exactly.

      What the so-called apolgy really MEANT is “It is with deep regret that I tell you that Vivian Schiller allowed one of her minions to reveal what NPR is all about…”

  3. NoNeoCommies says:

    O’Keefe needs to make some full length documentaries like the porcine Mr. Moore (without all the lies Michael foists upon his viewers)

    • JohnMG says:

      I’ll respectfully have to disagree with your statement in one minor respect. Didn’t you mean to state that……O’Keefe needs to make some full WIDTH documentaries OF the porcine Mr. Moore? (And I love that word….porcine) ;-}

  4. TerryAnne says:

    So…which one is going to get appointed to Zero’s cabinet first?

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “I made statements……not reflective of my own beliefs.”

    What a non-sentence. Who talks like this except someone trying to hide a lie?

    • tranquil.night says:

      I want to ask “if not yours then whose?”

      If he was just a fundraiser as MSLSD and the rest want to offer as a defense, then isn’t it even more damning to the organization that he was selling those lines in the interest of NPR’s wallet?

      Not that the hilarious poetic justice of this “behind the veiled curtain” punking needs any further analysis. Right on, right on O’Keefe.

    • David says:

      I thought that was a great line! One step above: “Oh, uhmm… that wasn’t really me in the video..”{stammer and runs away}

  6. GetBackJack says:

    Aspen Institute, eh? Folks, Schiller is thus revealed as a serious NWO power player, just as you would find anyone at the Jackson Hole Conference is a NWO power player. And for those of you who STILL don’t know, the Aspen Institute is a ‘front’ for the Tavistock Institute. Read Here … http://educate-yourself.org/nwo/nwotavistockbestkeptsecret.shtml

    This is how Policy is made quietly, this is how cultures and societal ‘norms’ are shaped, this is where decisions are made who gets to play and who gets punted.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      GBJ, what’s perhaps the most interesting, at least to me, is that as all this unfolds, the agenda and personalities are revealed and the whole thing appears to be coming unraveled. That is a matter of course, of course. For, they cannot work so diligently to activate their agenda without the whole thing having the tarp removed. They then feign outrage and such but it’s because they have been revealed, not for any other reason. Each passing day, something new happens that further exposes their true intent and motivation. I suppose that they assume they will never be held accountable because they falsely believe that the media will make sure that doesn’t happen. However, they miscalculate each and every time because the media is only one part of it and just because they refuse to report on something, or because they warp facts into pretzels has nothing to do with what will happen when a judge gets ahold of it and the process of law is properly utilized.

  7. canary says:

    Didn’t Obama refer to tea partiers as racist laced in the Rolling Stones?

    A message to NPR and the Schillers. Why I understand it is minus raging, pots and pans, the words
    explain exactly what the tea party stands for.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=JVAhr4hZDJE&vq=medium#t=19

  8. Georgfelis says:

    I’m going to say something I thought I would never say. NPR actually treated this event…reasonably fairly. When I first heard of the story, I thought “Naaa, they will never touch it. They’ll just ignore it and treat it like it never happened.” But on the road home last night after work, the evening NPR show went into this in detail. Played quotes. Damaging quotes.

    If they keep this up, they may turn into a dependable news source in a decade or two.


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