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Posted at 9:19 AM ET, 03/ 9/2011

NPR CEO Vivian Schiller resigns from radio network

By Melissa Bell
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Vivian Schiller. (Stephen Voss/The Washington Post)

Update: NPR's Ombudsman gave a fascinating Q&A online chat with the Post on Ron Schiller's conduct ("He wasn't fired for harboring negative views about conservatives. it was the unprofessional manner that cost him his job. Who blabs to total strangers in public about their personal biases? Who doesn't vet a prospective donor before meeting. PBS got the same offer and turned it down.") and about Vivian Schiller's departure ("She has done an amazing job of "rescuing" NPR and bringing it into the digital age. When she arrived two years ago, NPR was in a financial mess. She was instrumental in changing that."). Read the whole chat here.

Vivian Schiller, CEO and president of NPR, resigned Wednesday. Schiller came under heavy criticism last year for the dismissal of Juan Williams, a former employee who was fired after making comments about Muslims on a Fox News show.

Tuesday an undercover video of NPR executive Ron Schiller (no relation to Vivian Schiller) brought more negative press to the network. In the video Ron Schiller can be seen saying "tea party people" aren't "just Islamophobic, but really 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."

Ron Schiller had resigned from NPR to join the Aspen Institute, however the Aspen Institute has since sent out a statement saying that Schiller felt it was not in the best interest of the Institute for him to work there at this time.

The video was surreptiously taped by James O'Keefe, a conservative activist known for his undercover filming. O'Keefe told CNN on Tuesday that he targeted NPR because of Williams's dismissal.

Williams appeared on Sean Hannity's Fox News show on Tuesday criticizing his former employers. "These people [NPR executives] are so rude and condescending," Williams said. "They attack anybody that disagrees with their point of view -- this elitist, NPR point of view."

The Two-Way blog at NPR just reported:

"I'm told by sources that she was forced out," NPR's David Folkenflik just said on Morning Edition.

(See the video of Williams's appearance here.)

NPR just published this statement from Dave Edwards, the chairman of the board of directors:

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.
According to a CEO succession plan adopted by the Board in 2009, Joyce Slocum, SVP of Legal Affairs and General Counsel, has been appointed to the position of Interim CEO. The Board will immediately establish an Executive Transition Committee that will develop a timeframe and process for the recruitment and selection of new leadership.
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.

We'll report more as the news develops.


Juan Williams on Sean Hannity:

By Melissa Bell  | March 9, 2011; 9:19 AM ET
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LOL - About time. Guess they still want that Federal Funding.

She should have been fired a long time ago.

Posted by: asdf9876 | March 9, 2011 9:38 AM | Report abuse

They're leftists, what do you expect?

Posted by: wewinyoulose1 | March 9, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to see what color her parachute is. Its a shame that NPR has evolved or devolved into a more partisan organization. The "P" should always remain as standing for Public, as opposed to Progressive.

Posted by: stvcar | March 9, 2011 9:43 AM | Report abuse


The bitter uneducated, gun toting, bible carrying "Americans" have won again.

Posted by: ThoughtfulGuy | March 9, 2011 9:43 AM | Report abuse

A few resignations more and they really won't need federal funding!

Posted by: jkwynnyckyj | March 9, 2011 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Good riddance. Obviously they're both brain dead liberal nitwits.
Stop wasting our tax dollars by sending them to this subversive network.

Posted by: LarryG62 | March 9, 2011 9:46 AM | Report abuse

When are Congressional Republicans going to help create jobs?

Federal programs like NPR and NEA create jobs.

Idiots and morons

Posted by: Anadromous2 | March 9, 2011 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Subversive? Admit it, Larry, you don't even know what that word means. Put down the beck pipe - that stuff'll win you.

Posted by: mattintx | March 9, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

What LarryG62 said.

Posted by: Texan7 | March 9, 2011 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Defund NPR. Impeach Obama.

Posted by: JCM-51 | March 9, 2011 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Juan Williams for CEO of NPR! That would SWEET revenge!

Posted by: WashingtonDame | March 9, 2011 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Interesting how quickly the Left will throw its own under a bus. It's like watching cockroaches scurry for cover when the light comes on.

Posted by: hill_marty | March 9, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Righties would be smarter if they listened to more NPR - but Fox & Frightwing radio won't allow them.

Posted by: angie12106 | March 9, 2011 9:52 AM | Report abuse

I'm a bleeding heart liberal, and I think her resignation was way overdue. When any group or organization starts to be so rigid in their thinking that they see conspiracies everywhere there is disagreement, we all suffer.

Posted by: ResidentSkeptic | March 9, 2011 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I'm a bleeding heart liberal, and I think her resignation was way overdue. When any group or organization starts to be so rigid in their thinking that they see conspiracies everywhere there is disagreement, we all suffer. But I do NOT agree with defunding the NPR - just clean house and keep the good content coming!

Posted by: ResidentSkeptic | March 9, 2011 9:54 AM | Report abuse

A few observations: 1. Juan should have been fired years ago for being a crummy journalist. He's like David Gergen; they talk in circles. 2. The NPR fundraising executive made a fatal flaw of talking freely to people he didn't know and that is very unprofessional. 3. NPR is the best news business in the country, so you teabaggers who think Fox is the truth also believe in Santa Claus.

Posted by: lifelongdemocrat | March 9, 2011 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I'm a bleeding heart liberal, and I think her resignation was way overdue. When any group or organization starts to be so rigid in their thinking that they see conspiracies everywhere there is disagreement, we all suffer. But I do NOT agree with defunding the NPR - just clean house and keep the good content coming!

Posted by: ResidentSkeptic | March 9, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

There you go with a glaring error in the 2nd sentence: "...the dismissal of Juan Williams, a former employee who was fired after making comments about Muslims on a Fox News show."
Juan Williams did NOT make comments about Muslims. He expressed his own feelings about seeing passengers in Muslim garb at the airport. There is a huge difference.

Posted by: aliallen_7777 | March 9, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

A pity she resigned; there was no need to. O'Keefe and his ilk will regard it as a victory. NRP is stronger than those who seek to tear it down. Those who trash NPR have no idea as to the scope and quality of its programming. They bash it from a position of ignorance becasue it's the popular thing to do in their echo chamber.

Posted by: pstenigma | March 9, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Here's the thing. Had Ron Shiller said, "Some members of the tea party are..." he wouldn't have misstated the facts.

JCM-51: you're either a comedian or a political operative. But for sure, easy to ignore.

Posted by: Stejay1 | March 9, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

shouldn't have resigned for telling the truth, the teabaggers are racist and with a huge sense of entitlement.

Posted by: calif-joe | March 9, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

It is hard to imagine that the federal government would use taxpayer money to fund such a clearly biased organization. It is time for those who support public funding for such an organization to stop the charade that this is "public" radio. It is anything but "public", it is biased and closed minded. How many of these disclosures does it take?

Posted by: johne37179 | March 9, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

While I enjoy NPR, for some of its news and much of its music programming, I am delighted that Vivian Schiller has resigned - not because of a vendetta against her (in reality it is Ron Schiller who should resign in light of yesterday) - but because their turmoil sheds light on what many of us have known for a long, long time, that the last thing that can be said of NPR is that they are impartial. Clearly, they are not.
Today, while Katrina vanden Heuvel waxes Orwellian in her column about Murdoch and News Corp. (crying for the stifling of free speech though she won't admit it), it is justice to many of us that NPR is exposed for blatant partiality and unfairness.
Now,if we could just get the NYTimes to admit the same...

Posted by: jay_thompson | March 9, 2011 9:58 AM | Report abuse

HaHa! OweBama will "resign" next, to become UN czar.

HaHa!

Posted by: BHO_1_TERM | March 9, 2011 9:59 AM | Report abuse

"These people [NPR executives] are so rude and condescending," Williams said. "They attack anybody that disagrees with their point of view -- this elitist, NPR point of view."

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That quote could be rewritten:

"These people [liberals in general] are so rude and condescending," Williams said. "They attack anybody that disagrees with their point of view -- this elitist, NPR point of view."

Posted by: bbface21 | March 9, 2011 9:59 AM | Report abuse

TEA Party is a racist (hidden agenda) group, and will die when the black president is gone, just watch and see.

Posted by: weaverf | March 9, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Up next is defunding NPR and it's game over. If liberals want to keep NPR then pay for it with your own dollars.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | March 9, 2011 10:01 AM | Report abuse

So Let me get this straight - Vivian tells the GODS HONEST TRUTH and has to resign? The teabaggers are nothing but a bunch of uneducated right wing anti middle class, anti-environmental xenophobes. I guess telling the truth in america is now banned by the Republican Orwellians toads as well. Funny how you right wing devils have no problem with Fox News spouting even worse crap than this. Republican HYPOCRITES.

Posted by: KevinDunne | March 9, 2011 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Apparently NPR has more integrity than Fox. No one at Fox would be called on the carpet, no matter how obscene.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 9, 2011 10:02 AM | Report abuse

For an organization that takes government money, NPR is too political and highly biased. No effort was made to be neutral on political issues. This reflects poorly on the organization's leadership. She needed to go, as well as a few more on the NPR staff, if they want to continue feeding at the public's trough.

Posted by: richard36 | March 9, 2011 10:02 AM | Report abuse

That smirk should have left long ago. She was exactly the reason people no longer want to support NPR. Let Sesame street support NPR they certainly have made enough profits to more that hold up their share of the load and then some. How much have they made on the taxpayer subsidies with all the products they sell?

Posted by: LadyChurchill | March 9, 2011 10:03 AM | Report abuse

This is just another ruse for a rightwing corporate takeover of public radio. The Republicans are using the economy to destroy the public domain, so that unelected greedy corporations can take over. One day, Republican supporters will be sorry, when this country starts to look like Libya. We are no longer a democracy, we are a plutocracy!

Posted by: francinelast | March 9, 2011 10:04 AM | Report abuse

We're broke. We should not be spending money on "nice to haves" like NPR, regardless of how good or bad you think they are. Wonder how small the Federal government would be (and how low taxes would be) if we limited government to the enumerated powers in the Constitution?

Posted by: Chippewa | March 9, 2011 10:04 AM | Report abuse

The NPR executives were simply exposed as the intolerant Liberal ideologues they really are. These people masquerade as intelligent,objective and non partisan.When they get caught,they form the circular firing squads.NPR is a circus...deny them federal funds!

Posted by: bowspray | March 9, 2011 10:04 AM | Report abuse

I concur with her resignation. NPR is no longer a legitimate news source if their reporting is clearly biased. Granted, all reporting is somewhat biased, but there is little if any attempt to be objective or to offer a broader range of topics to which most people can relate.

It would be nice to see someone in charge that can give NPR some objectivity.

Posted by: joelhar1 | March 9, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse

^^ What Kevin said.

Posted by: oldcharon | March 9, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse

I concur with her resignation. NPR is no longer a legitimate news source if their reporting is clearly biased. Granted, all reporting is somewhat biased, but there is little if any attempt to be objective or to offer a broader range of topics to which most people can relate.

It would be nice to see someone in charge that can give NPR some objectivity.

Posted by: joelhar1 | March 9, 2011 10:06 AM | Report abuse

pstenigma wrote:
Those who trash NPR have no idea as to the scope and quality of its programming.
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My previous post disproves your sweeping generalization, which in my opinion is in substance no different from the condescending elitism that Ron Schiller displayed in O'Keefe's video on Tuesday.
I do not need to defend all of us who appreciate NPR despite not agreeing with them quite often - but your caricature of those who would dare to think for themselves instead of letting NPR feed them their political bottle is beyond the pale.
News Flash: NPR is categorically NOT the only credible outlet for news.

Posted by: jay_thompson | March 9, 2011 10:06 AM | Report abuse

It is amazing how in this country, it's a bigger sin to call a racist group racist than it is to actually be racist.

The Tea Party is less likely than the rest of the public to think Obama is American. They're more likely to think the government spends too much time concerned with black people. They're even more nativist than other, non-TP Republicans when it comes to immigration. I'm not making any of this up, it's from a CBS poll from a year ago. Even Bob Inglis, a former GOP representative, thinks they're kind of racist and the GOP courts that element at its own risk.

The Juan Williams firing was an overstep, but there's nothing inherently wrong in saying Tea Partyers are racist. They are. They aren't libertarians, they aren't Republicans, they're just racists.

Posted by: dkp01 | March 9, 2011 10:06 AM | Report abuse

So Let me get this straight - Vivian tells the GODS HONEST TRUTH and has to resign? The teabaggers are nothing but a bunch of uneducated right wing anti middle class, anti-environmental xenophobes. I guess telling the truth in america is now banned by the Republican Orwellians toads as well. Funny how you right wing devils have no problem with Fox News spouting even worse crap than this. Republican HYPOCRITES.

Posted by: KevinDunne | March 9, 2011 10:06 AM | Report abuse

So what did she say that caused her to resign? Isn't the quote from another Shiller? She was on National Press Club just the other day. They even gave her a mug.

Posted by: rjma1 | March 9, 2011 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Shiller should have resigned. That said, the other Shiller is by and large right about the bulk of the Tea Party. This could be shown easily enough with a hidden microphone at most any Tea Party shindig.

Posted by: bdballard | March 9, 2011 10:06 AM | Report abuse

My psychiatrist is laughing her ass off about this.

Posted by: blasmaic | March 9, 2011 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Strip all federal funding and they can change the name to what it really is and ALWAYS has been -- NLR -- National Liberal Radio. Old Juan did us all a service it turns out!

Posted by: elreytk | March 9, 2011 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Poor Juan, is the Rhetoric he now uses the real Juan? No one here can seriously say FOX news is any different than NPR. Fox is as far Right as NPR is far left. If federal funding is an issue, fine. But don't hold FOX up as your beacon of fairness. You destroy your case.

Posted by: minco_007 | March 9, 2011 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Ron Schiller spoke the truth. And Juan Williams is an uncle Tom.

Posted by: jamaka11 | March 9, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Left-wingers deserve their own TV and radio outlets but they do not deserve that the taxpayers foot the bill. Cut the federal subsidies to NPR and PBS!

Posted by: mhr614 | March 9, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Left-wingers deserve their own TV and radio outlets but they do not deserve that the taxpayers foot the bill. Cut the federal subsidies to NPR and PBS!

Posted by: mhr614 | March 9, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

This is great news. It is time to defund NPR and PBS. There is NO reason this leftist political organization should get ANY money from taxpayers and their "tax free" status should be revoked by the IRS as they clearly lobby for the left agenda! It is fine for them to be on the air and online, just pay for it yourself and be a regular "for profit" company or a registered lobbyist. If you survive, great - we do need different views but not at taxpayer's expenses! Clearly this organization is far left in all its opinions, making even Obama look centrist! I like to listen, and even contribute - but I sure don't want taxpayer money going to these liberals (nor to any conservative groups). So, let them compete for market share on a fair playing field. They sure failed with Juan Williams matters!

Posted by: TaxManNC | March 9, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I listen to NPR. It is unquestionably left leaning. Thogh I listen to it, I do not believe federal funding should be used for, what has become, special interest.

Posted by: primegrop | March 9, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I listen to NPR. It is unquestionably left leaning. Thogh I listen to it, I do not believe federal funding should be used for, what has become, special interest.

Posted by: primegrop | March 9, 2011 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Let the liberal mudswinging begin. To them everyone who disagrees with Obama is a racist because no one and I mean no one should disagree with "The One".

Posted by: Fontana1 | March 9, 2011 10:10 AM | Report abuse

The tea party is racist by and large and you can go after the messenger but the truth is in the message.

Posted by: dmaxallen | March 9, 2011 10:10 AM | Report abuse

I listen to NPR. It is unquestionably left leaning. Though I listen to it, I do not believe federal funding should be used for what has become special interest.

Posted by: primegrop | March 9, 2011 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Politico is intimating that the Board forced her out. That's different than Schiller falling on her sword. If the former is true, it strikes me as a pretty clear act of desperation. Sure seems like the Board had surmised that holding on to Schiller as well as holding on to their govt handouts was no longer possible. One or the other had to be sacrificed, and they've made their choice. They certainly seem to be hoping that the best way to keep their taxpayer subsidy at this point was to dump Schiller.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | March 9, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I only wish Daniel Shorr, NPR's revered "news analyst" and old Stalin apologist, had lived to see this day.

Posted by: Roytex | March 9, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

American taxpayers, indirectly, supported a former GM shill named Rush Limbaugh.
Reliable source?
How about a pardoned felon like G. Gordon Liddy?
Should they be allowed to use our public airwaves?
Clifford Spencer

Posted by: yankeefan1925 | March 9, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

TEA Party is a racist (hidden agenda) group, and will die when the black president is gone, just watch and see.
Posted by: weaverf
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Can't wait to put your thesis to the test. I think we'll find though that they aren't nearly as bigoted as your statement indicates that you are.

Federal funding should not be directed to any broadcasting organization, much less one directed by people of such bigoted bias as these Schiller clowns. Good riddance!

Posted by: alexandria6351 | March 9, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

seriously, I can't believe how many right wingers read the WP. Good to know.

Posted by: blossom63 | March 9, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

So what did she say that caused her to resign? Isn't the quote from another Shiller? She was on National Press Club just the other day. They even gave her a mug.

Posted by: rjma1 | March 9, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Racists in the tea party? What revelation is next - sky is blue?

Posted by: Marimom | March 9, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

O'Keefe took down Schiller to avenge Juan Williams? Riiiiiight.

Posted by: mattintx | March 9, 2011 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Let National Palestine Radio survive through private funding. In fact, they can probably get much of it through the Fox-Haters who post their usual diatribes. Love it or hate it, Fox has an opinion that is NOT funded by taxpayers.

(Incidentally, I find it ironic that the Fox-Haters blather on endlessly about Fox's alleged biasness, ideology and extreemism all the while being mute about MSNBC or the New York Times.)

Posted by: CubsFan | March 9, 2011 10:17 AM | Report abuse

This is truly a shame. The right wing fascists (Republicans, Tea Party, Conservatives, which includes wishy-washy Democrats and Independents) of this country continue to focus on moving the rest of the country into a place where it is - the fascist, white-privileged way or no way at all. They attempt to rape the rest of us in this country from our political, spiritual, intellectual point of views through money. They care nothing for diversity. This vocal minority with their money, unethical stances and behavior, and immorality are now placing pressure on NPR because of Afro-Panamanian (not African American) Juan Williams' being rightfully released and the release of Roy Schiller because he told the truth and the right wing did not like it. They forced Vivian Schiller to leave because they want a weak puppet in leadership at NPR.

A message to the Right Wing: Watch out that you might just get what you are hoping for. When the rest of us figure out how to come together and that you are a weak minority and have no real power but to control others with money, the chances are that everything that you have done to others (politically, immorally, unethically) will be revisited judicially, hopefully, in a United Nations court of justice for the world to see and condemn.

Posted by: deverett1 | March 9, 2011 10:17 AM | Report abuse

francinelas:
This is just another ruse for a rightwing
corporate takeover of public radio. The Republicans are using the economy to destroy the public domain, so that unelected greedy corporations can take over. One day, Republican supporters will be sorry, when this country starts to look like Libya. We are no longer a democracy, we are a plutocracy!
KevinDunne:
The teabaggers are nothing but a bunch of uneducated right wing anti middle class, anti-environmental xenophobes.
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Wow! Talk about ratcheted up hyper-speak! If the average non-Tea party affiliated-republican spoke like this you would cry foul to the highest heavens.
The hypocrisy apparently knows no bounds. Ron Schiller not only condemned at a minimum, half of the country, he also condemned Jews. Bigotry was on full display in that video Tuesday and apparently you sanctified apologists of NPR missed it.
Funny, that's what blind allegiance to preset ideology does - causes a hateful refusal to be fair, the very thing you criticize TPrs, republicans, and white, gun toting Christians...Amazing, but not surprising.

Posted by: jay_thompson | March 9, 2011 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, this is a very problematic situation. For years, I listened to NPR and took it as my primary source of in-depth, broadcast news. Often it was far superior to my favorite newspapers. It was almost always better than any other broadcast medium. It tended to be slightly left of center, but not radically so.

Over the past few years there have been a few issues that NPR has become increasingly left-radical on. These often mirrored a "fashionable", if unsupportable academic position (to cite: the Middle East, particularly the question of Palestinians and their rights/history, minority "rights" vs. contextual obligations, etc.)which has seriously hurt NPR's credibility.

While Mr. Schiller was way over the line in his remarks (although with some small qualifiers probably pretty much on target), his firing as well as the handling of the Juan Williams affair points to, or rather highlights, the lack of objectivity of the NPR staff.

Personally, I don't think that NPR should be de-funded. Rather, it should go back to what it does best, objective journalism. It has a great reputation to regain. Regaining that reputation won't be easy, but the US is much better off with a robust news organization, capable of not being pressured by sponsors and their threats (implied or overt.)

Posted by: mikecatcher50 | March 9, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Next to go I hope will be the foul-mouth Nina Totenberg, who when not using the f-word is apologizing for using the word "Christmas" on the air.

Posted by: VANative | March 9, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

This is truly a shame. The right wing fascists (Republicans, Tea Party, Conservatives, which includes wishy-washy Democrats and Independents) of this country continue to focus on moving the rest of the country into a place where it is - the fascist, white-privileged way or no way at all. They attempt to rape the rest of us in this country from our political, spiritual, intellectual point of views through money. They care nothing for diversity. This vocal minority with their money, unethical stances and behavior, and immorality are now placing pressure on NPR because of Afro-Panamanian (not African American) Juan Williams' being rightfully released and the release of Roy Schiller because he told the truth and the right wing did not like it. They forced Vivian Schiller to leave because they want a weak puppet in leadership at NPR.

A message to the Right Wing: Watch out that you might just get what you are hoping for. When the rest of us figure out how to come together and that you are a weak minority and have no real power but to control others with money, the chances are that everything that you have done to others (politically, immorally, unethically) will be revisited judicially, hopefully, in a United Nations court of justice for the world to see and condemn.

Posted by: deverett1 | March 9, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

She should have absolutely resigned before now based on the embarrassing way they handled Juan Williams. Now this situation which I think speaks directly to the corp. culture of NPR. They can start repairing their culture by truly "going public" and not taking any more gov't funds. NPR should jump boldly into the waters of the American market place.

Posted by: tri4life | March 9, 2011 10:20 AM | Report abuse

The scary part is wondering whether he really believes his words. If he's just spouting the standard line in order to fit in with his listeners, he's merely doing what he's paid to do; however, anyone who truly believes the tea party is somehow evil or racist is either dumb beyond words or... worse.

Posted by: Mtnsmith | March 9, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

The difference between the National Pub_ic Radio and Fox news you twit is that NPR gets our tax dollars. FOX is fully priovate and profitable I might add. Man the libby-cacas really do over use that race card don't they?

Posted by: cucalafea | March 9, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

The Tea Party conundrum: They are xenophobic. There are a fair number of racists involved. And they are right about the overall level of taxation and the pervasiveness of government. Like so many things, they are a necessary evil. If NPR wants to survive, they'd better get back to the basics of objective reporting - there's a shortage of that these days.

Posted by: ExcessivelyRabid | March 9, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Very clever, cucalafea. Did you think those up all by yourself, or did you get some help from the neighborhood children?

Posted by: mattintx | March 9, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

GOOD RIDANCE! Too bad the rest of the "kooks" don't leave!

Posted by: blueleadermike | March 9, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

But the baggers ARE everything she said they were. What is the problem?

Posted by: mitt1968 | March 9, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Hannity is trying to make a lot out of a little. Denying the real nature of the Tea Party won't play well except with Tea Partiers.

Posted by: frodot | March 9, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

How wonderful a development. The left in this country is being exposed for their corruption, racism and bigotry. The conservative movement in this country are the only ones doing any kind of real reporting to get the truth out for people to see. The mass leftist media in this country is hell bent on hiding what is really going on and keeping U.S. citizens distracted.

You think NPR has slanted, negative, destructive views of most Americans ??? Its just a glimpse of how Obama and his administration feels about the majority in this country. Sure wish they would start stepping down too...

Posted by: SirLoinofBeef | March 9, 2011 10:24 AM | Report abuse

WHAT has this debate got to do with the most pressing issues this country faces - DEBT! JOBS! ECONOMY! ????


NPR will survive without Federal Funding - that is very clear. As will Planned Parenthood. The present Republican Party bears no resemblance to the party I joined many years ago. My Dad is probably whirling in his urn, wondering why he spent so much time in the trenches supporting the Republican Party. This hateful vendetta against all who disagree is such a waste of energy, money and credibility! Democrats are not very far behind, having relished their takeover of Congress a few years ago and showing their mean spirited side when they had the power and the backing of the American people to do good and change the direction of this country with a balanced agenda. Obama let his ego get the better of his judgement, and the country is suffering for it now.

Posted by: ConcernedCitizen67 | March 9, 2011 10:24 AM | Report abuse

The executives at NPR just gave their critics and opponents in Congress more ammunition to pull the federal funding plug. Of course, it's quite apparent they - like the politicians and others they criticize - go out pandering for funds and donations as Ron Shiller was doing. Tell them what you think they want to hear. What a pack of phonies. It just proves, too, when one flies too close to the sun, you're gonna get burned.

Posted by: sero11 | March 9, 2011 10:24 AM | Report abuse

This boob should have been fired a long time ago. How she got away with the Jaun Williams debacle, I'll never know.

The problem with liberals and their agendas is that they hide their ultimate goal of socialism. The undercover operation on Schiller was a typical characterization of deception, ignorance and mean spirited behavior that has plagued these people and the NPR for so long.

How this totally biased media outlet can get public funds is unimaginable. Put them in the market place and they will fall flat on their butt

Posted by: paysonbcsense | March 9, 2011 10:24 AM | Report abuse

NPR news is far less bias than any other source, but that does not mean there can not be improvements.

NPR routinely tries to have on credible representatives on both (or all four, whatever) sides of most issues, instead of setting up a fight like all other news shows. Fights are never informative.

Allowing people to express support the Rights of Palestinians is a minimum. The right thing to do is have the Palestinian Representative on if you have an Israeli one. That used to be the norm, now everyone just has one sided American Talking Heads, NPR is slightly better, but still overwhelmingly biased at representing the Israeli view.

Posted by: Muddy_Buddy_2000 | March 9, 2011 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Left-wing nuts every one of them. I've always questioned their love for this country, as they are so quick to pass judgment/criticize. They have the right to do so, but not with my tax dollars. Why in the world do we still fund this sh#!?

Posted by: RB1019 | March 9, 2011 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Hmmmm! Just curious - exactly what did Ron Shiller say that wasn't true. Oh, that pesky politically correct thing that apparently trumps truth.

Just one more venue that offered quality programming bowed to the ridiculous segment of Americans that aren't interested in truth. Clearly facts and truths aren't a necessary component to forming their views.

Posted by: gcaulbergyahoocom | March 9, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans need to be honest about their reasons for going after public funding for NPR. Take a look at http://www.pipa.org/OnlineReports/Iraq/IraqMedia_Oct03/IraqMedia_Oct03_rpt.pdf
for evidence that reliance on public broadcasting is tied to greater levels of correct knowledge concerning the invasion of Iraq. On the other hand, reliance on Fox produced the highest level of incorrect knowledge. Seems to me that the Republicans basically want a more stupid electorate.

Posted by: ppierce2 | March 9, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

"Love it or hate it, Fox has an opinion that is NOT funded by taxpayers."

Perhaps not, but Fox News is funded by a tax assessed on every single multichannel subscriber who has the channel in his/her lineup. And who sanctions that tax? A government agency called the FCC.

How much of that "funding" would Fox News lose if cable channels go a la carte?

Posted by: mattintx | March 9, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

It's not that Schiller was wrong- it was that he was correct, honest, blunt and stupid enough to have it caught on video.

If he had said that the radical far left was shrill, unreasnable and completely unrealistic it wouldn't have made news- but he dared to call the Tea- Party what it is a a far-right political movement formed around a nucleus of white (consciously and unconsciously) racist, who have quite frequently sported various weapons at their "Political" rallies.

The "Liberal" left obviously doesn't have a monoploy on Political Correctness.

Posted by: interactidiomas | March 9, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I've been an NPR junkie for over 2 decades, but she needed to go.

Posted by: dogwolf | March 9, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

"truth has a liberal bias"

Posted by: mikem1 | March 9, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

O'Keefe deserves a medal for capturing the hateful racist hypocrisy of the left on film for all to see. If NPR really hates half of America so much, they should not receive taxpayer dollars.

Posted by: carlbatey | March 9, 2011 10:30 AM | Report abuse

TEA Party is a racist (hidden agenda) group, and will die when the black president is gone, just watch and see.
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Can't wait to put your thesis to the test. I think we'll find though that they aren't nearly as bigoted as your statement indicates that you are.

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In the mind of a liberal, personal opinion=absolute truth.

Posted by: bbface21 | March 9, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

The right wing and gop minions hate public broadcasting because, by and large, it tells the truth. If there is an media outlet telling the truth (think Frontline), then the gop hate machine isn't as effective.
The gop are bullies and despicable charlatans.

Posted by: Historian1960 | March 9, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Amazing the amount of rancor spouted by the supposed advocates of diversity! There's a clear divide between those who believe more government is a good thing and those who believe it is immoral to take somebody's money and use it to support political speech that the taxpayer disagrees with. Same for political uses of compulsory union dues. I don't think those views are good and evil, just opposed. In the way that makes democracy such a great system, we will fume and fuss and eventually work out a compromise. I think Remocrats and Depublicans are basically similar in wanting to use the power of government to advance their favored causes. Again, the intentions are good while the outcomes are sometimes surprisingly evil. As I read history, this debate started in George Washington's cabinet with Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. The mudslinging back then was just as fierce as it is today, if not more so. I also think the Libertarian viewpoint is worth considering on its merits, and that name-calling is not a respectable response to a reasoned argument. My favorite source for responsible analysis of the the law of unintended negative consequences as it applies to government power is cato.org.

Posted by: Catospeaks | March 9, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

It's too bad she had to resign. What she stated is true. The Tea Party is focused on removing all programs for the poor and they are without question racist. At least NPR will interview and get viewpoints from all sides without judgement. I've never seen FOX News (I should say FOX ticker tape, one sided wacky conservativism retoric with no in depth research on their commentary) do the type of all sides stating their views...

Posted by: RealDeal5 | March 9, 2011 10:33 AM | Report abuse

How many years have we watched this far left slanted organization supported by the likes of George Soros and other socialist leaning groups and then have the gall to plead for money from little families. It is sickening to watch these scam artists. But I am outraged that our taxpayer dollars go to this shifty nasty organization. How dare they. I have a few choice words to call these people too like they have called the tea party. But I am a lady and will keep them to myself. I am glad this classless broad is gone and she needs to visit her pyschiatrist. Ron Schiller or whoever that corny lunatic that said these terrible things should be gone as well. Our family has had enough of these lefty loonies.

Posted by: greatgran1 | March 9, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

blossom63:
seriously, I can't believe how many right wingers read the WP. Good to know.
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First, not agreeing with NPR on certain issues does not a right-winger make.
Second, characterizing all right-wingers as idiots, uneducated, and bigoted, as Ron Schiller of NPR did on Tuesday's video is the reason you "can't believe" right wingers read the WP.
Third, WP has several "right wingers" as columnists and guest columnists, which places WP above NPR on the ladder of fairness.
If today's right are morons, I'd like to hear what the left would say about William F. Buckley, Jr., were he alive.

Posted by: jay_thompson | March 9, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

So creeps like Beck, Palin, Limbaugh, Coulter etc. all have freedom of speech, the freedom to say and bash whomever they want and to incite violence and anarchy but NPR has to fire someone for dissing the Tea Party.

Why is it telling the truth about the conservative hacks trying to bring down this country is a firing offense while the likes of the Murdoch Foxes are still all employed?

This is nothing more than the conservatives exercising their power to censor anyone who doesn't share their ideology.

What happened to free speech in this country? Oh that's right the GOP and Tea Party are trying to nullify everything but the right to carry guns to church and political rallies and freedom of speech and assembly for anyone who isn't a dyed in the wool conservatives.

Tea Partyers aren't Americans they're anarchists and racists but now a "protected species" or is that feces?

Posted by: davidbronx | March 9, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

In the mind of a liberal, personal opinion=absolute truth.

Posted by: bbface21 | March 9, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse


Oh yeah, that's just a liberal problem. Conservatives never do that.

Just two sides of the same coin.

Posted by: mikem1 | March 9, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

"The difference between the National Pub_ic Radio and Fox news you twit is that NPR gets our tax dollars. FOX is fully priovate and profitable I might add. Man the libby-cacas really do over use that race card don't they?" cucalafea

My, my and they can even spell correctly. Now talk about put-down remarks, off topic remarks. Who is calling the kettle black?

Fox TV makes no pretense at honesty or accuracy, they flaunt their inaccuracies. But they have to go to extraordinary lengths denigrate their "enemies" in minor indiscretions.

Could I suggest that this "Christian" network read Luke 6:42 " Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye."

Posted by: stanassc | March 9, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I stopped listening to NPR years ago because they are rude and as Mr. Williams said "condescending attitude". NPR bias is flaming. Very closed minded group. I hope the government stops funding them. Beside as stated in the video NPR can get along without federal funding. Let them get out in the real world stand on their own two feet and compete.

Posted by: sszarowny | March 9, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Where has the Board of Directors been in all of these failures? Why are they not resigning? They are the ones responsible for setting the tone of coverage and overseeing the adherence to a policy of supposed unbiased reporting... Shouldn't they be the ones being replaced? After all they are the people who have hired and supported the failed management team.

Posted by: jocularone | March 9, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse

One day, Republican supporters will be sorry, when this country starts to look like Libya. We are no longer a democracy, we are a plutocracy!

Posted by: francinelast | March 9, 2011 10:04 AM | Report abuse
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Francine, Have you been to Detroit, Newark, Camden, New Orleans, Baltimore, or Oakland lately. My dear, those cities are Libya...,without the charm! Brought to you courtesy of years of Democrat "leadership".

Posted by: carolinadreams | March 9, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse

You realize the CEO is resigning because a departing employee was not PC enough to suit the Tea Party Types. Its okay to trash liberals, but try doing the same about the right and you get fired. Even when the right only has a majority in one house of congress. That is 1/4 of the government which controls things like this. The Republicans did NOT win control in the last election, they only got half way there, and I suspect they are about to lose that and far more in 2012.

Posted by: Muddy_Buddy_2000 | March 9, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

It's too bad that she could not be publicly humiliated and directly fired!

Posted by: Prof-Dr-G | March 9, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

The Tea Party is full of racists and bigots. We need them like we need the Whig Party. I think a good bit of their problem, according to ones I've unfortunately talked to, can't bear it that we have a black president. They'll disappear when we get a white president in 6 years.

Posted by: crew260571 | March 9, 2011 10:44 AM | Report abuse

hill_marty writes:
"Interesting how quickly the Left will throw its own under a bus. It's like watching cockroaches scurry for cover when the light comes on."
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I guess statements like this confuse me. So would it be better if the people who fired Juan Williams applied a different standard for their CEO?

Back on topic - one of the things that I like about papers like WaPo or the NY Times is that they actually have a significant number of conservative OpEd writers and journalists. The same cannot be said for stations like Fox, or the publicly-funded NPR.

While Fox can do as it likes (always, of course, getting a good chuckle from their "unbiased" title), NPR is paid for by tax dollars, and should aim for a different mix when looking at topical issues.

Posted by: iamweaver | March 9, 2011 10:44 AM | Report abuse

It is conspicuous and disappointing that the Washington Post has omitted that Schiller also suggested that the American media is controlled by "Zionists".

Posted by: mahlerbrian | March 9, 2011 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Apparently NPR has more integrity than Fox. No one at Fox would be called on the carpet, no matter how obscene.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 9, 2011 10:02 AM | Report abuse

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PSST: Fox is not publicly-funded. NPR has "integrity"? That's a good one. They got caught and threw one of their own under the bus. NPR - the network of Nina Totenberg. The same Nina Totenberg who hopes God will give AIDS to Jessie Helms or one of his grandchildren and considers "Christmas" offensive.

Posted by: readtheconstitution | March 9, 2011 10:46 AM | Report abuse

mikecatcher50 and Catospeaks, thank you for sanely making some insightful comments with substance, minus the sophomoric and vitriolic emotionalism.
For many of the rest, it is called dialogue, not to be confused with demagogues.

Posted by: jay_thompson | March 9, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight: Fox News, Repubs in Congress, and Teabaggers castigate NPR for saying the types of things in private that Kelly, Hannity, Beck, and O'Reilly say on the air on Fox News every day.

What's the complaint? That NPR execs should have said hose hings in public? That only Fox and Teabaggers have the right to be partisan?

If anything, this has persuaded me to open my wallet and donate to my local NPR station.

Yes, NPR would be better off if it didn't have to kowtow to Rethugs for funding. Only problem is that some very good local radio stations around the country would go off the air. Perhaps CPB should consider a new business model and channel all radio funding directly to needy local stations.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | March 9, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

THIS IS A CLEAR AND PRECISE REASON why NPR MUST HAVE NO TAXPAYER MONEY. NPR has been a "total sounding board" for liberal, and mostly Democratic/LIBERAL "thoughts and actions". Most all their commentary is "favorable" for Dems and "unfavorable" for Republicans and Independents. They are "entrenched" into "liberal government"-"Socialism" thought processes. They do not represent mainstream America.Or the very taxpayers, that "provides them a job" with the people's tax dollars. Their "reporting", tho respectible with their foreign correspondants around the world, continue to "harp the liberal,(and no other's) sound", here in the USA, and always, tend to denigrate conservatives,the "taxed enough already" people and "party", and sneer at the private sector employers,employees,and common taxpayers outside of government jobs,WHO HELP FUND THEM!-while endorsing LIBERAL demo-socialistic ideas.That taxing "the people", is the only way to "their own, and the gov.jobs peoples success".

Posted by: stormpost | March 9, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

In light of this latest debacle, I now question Ms. Schiller's firing of Ellen Wiess and find it all the more puzzling. It is becoming clear that there is a problem at the top that affected the operation of NPR. I hope will be rectified and soon. As to Mr. Schiller (no relation to Vivian), he planned to work at the Aspen Institute. I hope that the Aspen Institute understands Mr. Schiller was naive, childish and foolish and any future work done by him on their behalf is now automatically suspect.

Posted by: northdakota | March 9, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Okay, Teabaggers. Let's defund NPR. The defunding legislation should re-institute the Fairness Doctrine (Look it up, d-bags). That'll shut up Faux News pretty quickly.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | March 9, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Reading some of the comments about this article wherein liberals try to defend the indefensible, it's more apparent to me that there’s something in the water along the Baltimore - Bethesda – DC Commie Coastal Corridor. This socialist island is inhabited by white elitist liberals, and liberalism is truly a mental disorder. The primary symptom of most delusional disorders is called "projection," wherein the patient accuses others (usually straw men) of possessing their own psychological flaws:
1) everyone who is not a liberal is a "racist:" this is because they subconsciously feel that racial minorities are genetically inferior, so they HAD to vote for Mr. Soetoro in order to assuage their "white guilt"
2) everyone who questions Mr. Soetoro's bonafides is a "birther:" this term was coined because 80% or so of them are "truthers" who believe the US government intentionally blew up the World Trade Center; is it easier to believe that or maybe believe that Nancy Pelosi unknowingly or intentionally verified an ineligible candidate on the Democrat National Committee nomination form?
3) everyone who does not believe Mr. Soetoro walks on water is a "teabagger:" most of these white elitists are either openly gay or have latent homosexual tendencies; thus they project homoerotic fantasies on their political opponents
4) anyone who wants to see the paper trail Messrs. Soetoro & Soros have spent millions to hide is "insane:" they seem to all suffer from the "emperor has no clothes" mass hysteria and thus project delusional behavior on those who point out the obvious fact that he has no clothes

Posted by: ddaly7 | March 9, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Who's PC now? She says something bad about the Tea Party and that is somehow beyond the pale? How is this different than forcing somebody out for saying something deemed insensitive to minorities? Fox News should be allowed to say whatever they want. And so should NPR. As for Federal dollars, NPR receives very little anyway.

Posted by: ElrodinTennessee | March 9, 2011 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Schiller's remarks about the Tea Party were accurate and not in violation of any fundraiser guidlines. He and Vivian are gone because NPR has no spine.
No spine!

Posted by: DocentOfMirth | March 9, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

"This socialist island is inhabited by white elitist liberals, and liberalism is truly a mental disorder. The primary symptom of most delusional disorders is called "projection,"

C'mon, Krauthammer, you already have a column for this claptrap. Leave it there.

Posted by: mattintx | March 9, 2011 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Where does this end? People have private views and political ones. Ron Schiller is not a public figure, and not involved in programming at NPR, so what is the story if he has a lot of nasty things to say about conservatives in what he thought was a private, off the record, conversation? Unless the standard for serving at NPR is that one's private views must be politically anodyne, this is nonsense. If a Fox executive was recorded saying liberals hate America and are terrible people, should Fox sack him? Of course not. But the Tea Party wants a police state exerted on liberals so that their "bias" can be controlled at the thought-level.

And don't even think about comparing this to Juan Williams. Williams is a journalist who went on the air to make his ridiculous statements. Even now he doing his mascot duty at Fox talking, without iroiny, about journalists "prostituting" themselves for money. The only relationship this has to Williams is that O'Keefe undertook his attack to get even for Williams, as he said.

By the way, let's not forget that O'Keefe's last attack, on Planed Parenthood, turned out be executed via a doctored recording. There is no reason to thing he has changed his methods.

Posted by: dmw1 | March 9, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Last time I checked America was a middle/right country. NPR was a left/left broadcasting vehicle paid for by American taxpayers. If NPR wants to be a left/left organization, then forswear taxpayer funding and try to make it as a non-profit. Perhaps George Soros will happily give them millions to support their agenda as well as others. I do feel for their affiliates who carry only snippets of their programming in between crop reports and weather news in rural areas. But then again, their programming tends to offend the very audience their affiliates are trying to reach, you know the ones that Mr. Schiller trashed.

Posted by: genericrepub | March 9, 2011 11:08 AM | Report abuse

For all the dualist, either/or types out there:
I love NPR programming, have listened for years, and frankly, never really thought much about the 10% of their budget supplied by the federal government.
Over time, paralleling the ascendancy of FOX News, NPR ostensibly moved to a more pronounced left of center tone and slant. I really do not have a problem with that (other than that sticky federal funding issue).
To suggest that there exists a news organization without bias is like saying that pure objectivity reigns in the scientific community. Thomas Kuhn and others debunked that ridiculous notion almost five decades ago.
That being said, comparing NPR to FOX News is the proverbial comparison between apples and oranges. Repeat: FOX is a private entity (despite one who anally parsed the tax issue via the FCC apparatus)and NPR is federally funded. That shouldn't be hard for any of us to accept, but of course, there is a gross inconsistency on the part of the left when it comes to their own bastions, organizations and outlets. If it is a republican-championed cause, or a generally conservative-endorsed agenda the rancor and vitriol sees to it that the suspect program is called out and ostracized.
Well, as a fan of NPR and as incongruous as that may seem to some, what's good for the goose is good for the gander. Get used to it. For now at least, consistency should trump vitriolic rants and all sides should gracefully accept it.

Posted by: jay_thompson | March 9, 2011 11:11 AM | Report abuse

When a Tax Funded Radio Station,cannot voice the opposite views-to give voice to both sides- of every story, the good, the bad, the liberal the conservative sides of the story;-equally-as NPR cannot and will not ever do, it is totally right to defund them. NPR also "forces Jazz down our throats", with their music leads and threads, which is also an indication of their arrogance that they "represent THE US MUSIC culture", when in fact rock and roll MUSIC is number 1, and country music is number 2; yet NPR "forces" us, "their listening public to listen" to "jazz,or ancient piano/violin music", and "off the wall bands/musicians", that could never find their way into a bar gig.NPR. Please, play ALL TYPES OF AMERICAN MUSIC!! NOT JUST JAZZ AND LONGHAIR!!,America has great musicians and types of music- from every walk of american life. please cut out all that jazz !!

Posted by: stormpost | March 9, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Schiller and the Board have for a long time reflected an unmistakable bias. Like it or not, NPR is supposed to be neutral . . . which it is NOT. Ms. Schiller and the Board must take responsibility for damaging this fine and valuable institution. Honestly, I see very little difference between NPR and Fox, except that Fox doesn't get public funds. We cannot have reasonable conversations in this country when those representing the media and entertainment outlets are promoting a single point of view. Schiller should have been relieved long ago. SHAME ON THE BOARD for not protecting the image of NPR!

Posted by: Goosenick | March 9, 2011 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I am a full supporter of NPR. People with intelligence listen to them. Maybe NPR should diverse themselves of the last 7% of funding the government gives them in order to be free of right-wing meddling in good journalism.

With regards to the comments by Schiller, they may have been inappropriate, but accurate. The Tea Party and right wing in general are bigots, live in fear, and are bible-thumping hypocrites.

Posted by: AdobemanAZ | March 9, 2011 11:19 AM | Report abuse

After reading all of the comments posted, I am more and more convinced that the true racist are the liberals that are posting their dislikes and distain of anything close to the tea party, Republicans or conservatives. They believe in free speech unless they disagree with the comment and then they had to look for the slightest suggestion that can be held up and be called racist or backward. Folks, it is not the skin color of the President, it is his policies that many of us have major concerns.

Posted by: sales7 | March 9, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks Fox and NPR have equivalent, but opposite bias is deluded. Examples of not being bias.

Global Warming, its extreme bias to treat the deniers as equal on a scientific bias. there are doubts but the large majority of opinion is that GW is real, and is significantly increased by humans. So a slight mention to the doubters is more than enough.
ON Israeli and the Pal., its biased if you do not have both sides. IF you are talking Hamas (who I think are scum) and do not invite Hamas, its extreme bias.
Many of things I have seen listed as bias by NPR are exactly the opposite.

Posted by: Muddy_Buddy_2000 | March 9, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

sasquatchbigfoot : Defund NPR and renew the Fairness doctrine,
Great Idea, I love it.

sales7: Where is the Liberal that suggested that Conservative voices be suppressed?

Posted by: Muddy_Buddy_2000 | March 9, 2011 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Newsflash- All journalists have opinions. But their integrity requires that they keep that to themselves and try to cover all sides fairly. I think NPR does a very good job of that.

Posted by: rjma1 | March 9, 2011 11:28 AM | Report abuse

You would not have to secretly record my statements on the Tea Party. I'd say them out loud. I agree with Ron Schiller, and the comments on this article just prove my point.

Posted by: cobweb2 | March 9, 2011 11:31 AM | Report abuse

As I read some of these comments it is easy to see the problem with NPR and many Schiller supporters. Read the comments of those who actually believe themselves to be more intelligent because of their libral bias. That belief is the problem not only with Ms./Mr. Schiller but with many of their target audience. National Public Radio should be unbiased. If it cannot manage to be so, then public funds should be cut off. One of the greatest problems with liberals has been the fact that we cannot and do not support our own media but instead depend on others to pay our bills. Virtually every liberal media outlet is failing financially. Either step up and pay your fair share or tune into Fox and stop complaining.

Posted by: Goosenick | March 9, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

@ Muddy_Buddy_2000: "Where is the Liberal that suggested that Conservative voices be suppressed?"
How about those two well known liberal Democrat party hacks Debbie Stabenow (MI) and James Clyburn (SC) screaming for restoration of the Fairness Doctrine? You can find them both on Capitol Hill; they haven't abdicated yet unlike the Demo-Rats in Wisconsin.


Posted by: ddaly7 | March 9, 2011 11:39 AM | Report abuse

From the NPR statement of funding:

"While NPR does not receive any direct federal funding, it does receive a small number of competitive grants from CPB and federal agencies like the Department of Education and the Department of Commerce. This funding amounts to approximately 2% of NPR’s overall revenues."

Federal funding of NPR is insignificant. That's why Ron Shiller said it might not be worth the trouble.

If you look at NPR's audited financial statements, you'll see that almost $109 million of the their $180 million in revenues comes for fee for service activities, while most of the rest comes from member dues and donations, grants and sponsorships. If NPR lost the small amount of federal grant funding it gets, it wouldn't really impact them at all.

And if you look at the finances of the radio stations that pay for some of NPR's services, you'll see the same thing. Federal funding is a very small portion of their budgets. For local Washington station WETA, federal state and local grants combined are less 5% of their annual revenues.

I'm not a big NPR fan and almost never listen to it, but attacking them for their federal funding is a little silly.

Posted by: sunraze | March 9, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

ONE PERCENT (1%) of their funding is from the taxpayers. The rest is from donations. Get your facts straight.

I'd suspect that if there were a liberal O'Keefe going around, we'd be awfully surprised at what is said within the confines of conservative talk-radio/media. By the way, O'Keefe is just as much a part of the "gotcha" media as any "liberal" organization like MSNBC. All of them are wacky and ideologically driven.

When are we finally going to have some sanity injected back into our national conversation? Is the Tea Party racist? No. But I'm sure there are racists in the Tea Party (and the number is likely much higher than the national average). Are all Muslims bad? No. But there are some radicals in the religion (in a higher percentage than other religions).

As an independent (centrist) [who will no doubt be disparaged as a liberal on this board], I get my news from a number of reputable and fact-based sources and rarely rely on ONE news source/view. Generally speaking, NPR is fact based and unbiased if you have enough brains to pull apart the news stories/facts from the commentary. When I want to get the news quickly and with just the facts, NPR and BBC updates are 10x more informative than the mixed news/commentary on Fox where fact-checking is almost non-existant.

Posted by: SteadyState | March 9, 2011 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Juan Williams spoke the truth while being employed by NPR and got fired. Ron Schiller spoke the truth and Vivian Schiller got fired; what is the status of Ron Schiller? It appears that FOX is the only radio station that will receive federal funding and that is the irony in this matter, a real joke for Rupert
Murdock.

Posted by: rrcrosby | March 9, 2011 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh goody, now our Govt. can stuff that crummy little taxpayer money back in their pockets (ain't coming back to you) and we all get to listen to nothing but generic, commercially-sogged, pressured talk radio, or flip to an unbearable music station.

Notice too all the Fool's comments here included fact they listen to NPR too, to a lot of educationally interesting radio that is best of all, COMMERCIAL FREE.

I for one, won't even be bothering to turn radio on at all anymore without NPR.

Posted by: leybrabear | March 9, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

NPR, like FoxNews, purports to be genuine news broadcasting agents when these two, and others like them, are nothing more than propaganda outlets in one form or another. It's not so bad if NPR is not on public dole then its mouthpieces can spout opinions ad infinitum. Good riddance to Propagandista Schiller. I'm sure the NYT will take her back. Or better yet, go to some university and help brainwash prospective journalism students in shaping news to influence public policies.

Posted by: usnret742w4 | March 9, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Vivian doesn't want to be associated with those idiots anymore at NPR. They are elitists and their listeners are too. Just because some people disagree with the president, they are called racist. I am so tired of people playing the race card for their convenience. NPR - non-professional radio.

Posted by: SouthernLady | March 9, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Juan Williams should have been fired. HE IS NOTHING BUT A DAM UNCLE TOM!!!!!!

Posted by: larrywinters | March 9, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

AMEN DEVERETT1, YOU COULDN'T HAVE SAID IT BETTER.

This is truly a shame. The right wing fascists (Republicans, Tea Party, Conservatives, which includes wishy-washy Democrats and Independents) of this country continue to focus on moving the rest of the country into a place where it is - the fascist, white-privileged way or no way at all. They attempt to rape the rest of us in this country from our political, spiritual, intellectual point of views through money. They care nothing for diversity. This vocal minority with their money, unethical stances and behavior, and immorality are now placing pressure on NPR because of Afro-Panamanian (not African American) Juan Williams' being rightfully released and the release of Roy Schiller because he told the truth and the right wing did not like it. They forced Vivian Schiller to leave because they want a weak puppet in leadership at NPR.

A message to the Right Wing: Watch out that you might just get what you are hoping for. When the rest of us figure out how to come together and that you are a weak minority and have no real power but to control others with money, the chances are that everything that you have done to others (politically, immorally, unethically) will be revisited judicially, hopefully, in a United Nations court of justice for the world to see and condemn.

Posted by: deverett1 | March 9, 2011 10:19 AM

Posted by: larrywinters | March 9, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I stand corrected - did some fact-checks and discovered some tricky financing - when you include funds from Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). 5.6% is direct federal funding, 10.1% is from CPB, and 13.6% is from university funding (some of which is private, some of which is public). If we say half of the university stations are public, their operating budgets are generally from state budgets (but still taxpayer funded). So somewhere between 20 - 25% is taxpayer funded.

I just did what most right-wing media outlets will not - make corrections to the message once new facts come to light.

Posted by: SteadyState | March 9, 2011 12:20 PM | Report abuse

What Viv & NPR don't seem to get is that they, like the American middle and working classes, are under attack - a well-organized, well-funded attack - from the Republican Party. Of course the Repubs will vilify them and accuse them of racism, distortion, etc. But weren't the comments caught on hidden camera more accurate than many "news" reports from Hannity or O'Reilly, or the rantings of Glenn Beck? Fox News' mission is to brainwash ignorant Americans into voting for Republicans who will destroy their lives. These Republicans have done far more damage to America than Osama Bin Laden could ever hope to do.

Posted by: thecoldbear | March 9, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

So, let's see if I have this straight. NPR should not receive federal funding because it dares to correct the ignorant bile and frequent outright lies that are presented on Fox News, but it IS okay to continue federal funding for the Voice of America, which only presents the federal government's perspective.
Do those of you who want to stop federal funding of NPR actually believe that you are perceived to be objective listeners with a concern for balanced reporting? This despite the fact that, while you can hear the following on Fox, you won't hear it on NPR: Obama is not a citizen; Obama was raised in Kenya; Obama is a Muslim. Although you think this is about liberalism vs. conservatism, it isn't. This is about applying principles of critical thinking, viewing, and listening to ALL the news from ALL the available sources. We need NPR, although we don't need it hire gullible and naive executives who can be tricked into revealing their personal beliefs on hidden microphones.

Posted by: CalDreamer | March 9, 2011 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Why do I get a response saying I've posted too many comments, try again later. I rarely attempt to post a comment (don't have time)and have not done so in several months?

Posted by: leybrabear | March 9, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

"A few observations: 1. Juan should have been fired years ago for being a crummy journalist. He's like David Gergen; they talk in circles. 2. The NPR fundraising executive made a fatal flaw of talking freely to people he didn't know and that is very unprofessional. 3. NPR is the best news business in the country, so you teabaggers who think Fox is the truth also believe in Santa Claus."

Why do people like you continue to insist on such a black-and-white view of everything? Isn't it just possible that a person could listen to BOTH Fox News AND NPR? I do. I'll never understand you leftists. But I guess you're the ones who keep arguing that the media isn't biased, either. Right, talk about believing in Santa Claus.

Posted by: linguist64 | March 9, 2011 12:48 PM | Report abuse

"A few observations: 1. Juan should have been fired years ago for being a crummy journalist. He's like David Gergen; they talk in circles. 2. The NPR fundraising executive made a fatal flaw of talking freely to people he didn't know and that is very unprofessional. 3. NPR is the best news business in the country, so you teabaggers who think Fox is the truth also believe in Santa Claus."

Why do people like you continue to insist on such a black-and-white view of everything? Isn't it just possible that a person could listen to BOTH Fox News AND NPR? I do. I'll never understand you leftists. But I guess you're the ones who keep arguing that the media isn't biased, either. Right, talk about believing in Santa Claus.

Posted by: linguist64 | March 9, 2011 12:49 PM | Report abuse

WOW so she was fired for what someone else said? And what did he say that wasn't the truth? That is pretty much the way they think. Every single bagger I have ever met is racist, homophobic, and as ignorant as a box of rocks. You can tell because they simply parrot whatever Fakenews or Rushbo tells them to think and say.

Juan had to go as well. If you are not a team member then why keep you on. Juan, ironically enough was racist and his comment showed as much. He is a rightwinger who is devoid of the truth 9 out of 10 times when he speaks. He, like baggers simply parrots the GOP talking points for disparaging anyone to the left of Rush.

She shouldn't have resigned. She was forced into it in order to appease the GOP in the hopes the funding will stay. They should have learned from Obama. NO matter how much you appease the rightwing nutjobs in congress they are not going to do anything except try to stop any forward movement in this country.

Posted by: Buzzramjet | March 9, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

"I am a full supporter of NPR. People with intelligence listen to them. Maybe NPR should diverse themselves of the last 7% of funding the government gives them in order to be free of right-wing meddling in good journalism.

With regards to the comments by Schiller, they may have been inappropriate, but accurate. The Tea Party and right wing in general are bigots, live in fear, and are bible-thumping hypocrites."

Wow, generalize much? Your ignorance of the Tea Party is truly amazing. I don't really care what you say, however. As a faithful viewer of Fox News (and proud of it), I know that, unlike the liberal media, Fox News is adding new subscribers every single day. And if it weren't for Fox and conservative activists like Mr O'Keefe, we'd never even HAVE the evidence of NPR's leftist bias. So while the majority of taxpayers and voters are fleeing the liberally-biased MSM, you liberals can all sit around and try to convince yourselves that only YOU know the truth, and that the rest of us are ignorant bigots. Then again, arrogance is what you libs do best.

Posted by: linguist64 | March 9, 2011 1:00 PM | Report abuse

'Texan7' meant to say: "what lifelongdemocrat" said, just like me...

Posted by: photoglyph | March 9, 2011 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Since Fox News is a PR/entertainment arm of the more bigoted elements of the Republican Party and lacks all journalistic credibility, why pay any attention to them? The Tea party is a joke and a very poor one at that. I will gladly raise my pledge to help keep NPR on the air. Their journalist professionalism is a breath of fresh air to this household.

Posted by: berteyster | March 9, 2011 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm an avid fan of NPR, I voted Republican from 80-88 when I gave up on Bush senior; he tried to tell the country that his kids were above the law.. and he paid a lower % in income tax than I did.

As a combatant in the first Gulf War, I found myself explaining to my fellow soldiers why we were there -all thanks to NPR.

Conservatives call NPR 'Liberal' (even though it's actually pretty neutral on content) for one simple reason... they don't push a conservative agenda, as obvious as it sounds. Most of the people I know who criticize NPR never listen to NPR, they're 'told' that NPR is liberal.

Posted by: photoglyph | March 9, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

linguist64, post details of the following: "Fox News is adding new subscribers every single day. "

Posted by: photoglyph | March 9, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

you can hear the following on Fox, you won't hear it on NPR: Obama is not a citizen; Obama was raised in Kenya; Obama is a Muslim.
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That is patently false. A good example of bad commenting. At least NPR couches its bias in the guise of the intelligentsia.
FOX is an obvious right-committed news agency, but that does not make them criminal, nor does it justify the sweeping generalization you just made.
You obviously do not watch FOX very often as it is routine for them to do just what NPR does: present representatives that reflect both sides of an issue.

An earlier commenter mentioned the BBC alongside NPR - I would agree with you. More importantly, your wisdom about seeking the news from several reliable resources should be noted by all here.

Earlier, I used the number 10% for NPR's federal funding as a part of their overall dollars. I did so because that was the figure Ron Schiller used, unless you believe that O'Keefe is an editorial wizard.

Posted by: jay_thompson | March 9, 2011 1:15 PM | Report abuse

If the miniscule amount of federal funding NPR receives goes away, we should bring back the fairness doctrine, no?

Posted by: photoglyph | March 9, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse

The United States is the only country where you can get investigated and fired for telling the truth.

Posted by: blarsen1 | March 9, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Isn't the real issue that the NPR executive was about to take a huge amount of money from the Muslim Brotherhood? Or is that commonly acceptable in DC for Presidential libraries, foundations, etc? I really don't know so would appreciate clarification.

Posted by: aliallen_7777 | March 9, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Remember when CLEAR CHANNELS sponsored Howard Stern?
Remember his buddy, Senator Alphonse D'Amato?
CLEAR CHANNELS is presently sponsoring Rush Limbaugh.
Remember pardoned felon G. Gordon Liddy?
Reliable sources?
Clifford Spencer

Posted by: yankeefan1925 | March 9, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Like no other executive has sat down at a meeting and smoozed a potential client when he knew that this client would have absolutely no say in how the business was run. It happens everyday in the offices of big business, in the offices of republicans and democratics, in the offices of lobby groups such as NRA and NEA. So DOWN with NPR, DOWN with big business, DOWN with Republicans and Democrats, Down with NRA and NEA. Down with them all. They all do it. If we can't handle it, we should all move to Iran where they know how to make sure their people shut the hell up, keep their heads down and do what they are told. Down with NPR; down with freedom!

Posted by: anthrogirl | March 9, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately the right-winged conservatives (Fox News, Tea Party, Republicans) are building a powder keg in America with this racism. Unlike years ago, racism was extremely overt. Now it is extremely covert. The prisons are overflowing to the brim. Police, Judges, Politicians are getting rich by locking up poor and black people. It's called "American Black Genocide". Hate crimes are being exercised every single day, by this group of people. Wake up American. Many of would like to live a hard working life. But American is constantly being divided because of RACISM. At one point it was only Black men being targeted. Now Black women and children are being abused. HOW MANY OF YOU KNOW THAT THE PRISON SYSTEM IS ON THE NY STOCK EXCHANGE? SO PEOPLE ARE MAKING MONEY LOCKING PEOPLE UP FOR YEARS. WOULDN'T IT BE NICE TO KNOW WHO THE STOCKHOLDERS ARE FOR THE PRIVATE PRISON COMPANIES? BEWARE, CONSERVATIVES ARE WORKING HARD TO DESTROY THE BLACK AND HISPANIC FAMILY.

Posted by: larrywinters | March 9, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Ron Schiller spoke the truth. The Tea party ARE a racist party dominated by folks believing a perversion of Christianity. The problem he and Ms. Schiller face is that Rupert Murdoch wants to silence the uncontrolled voice of NPR and he is willing to do anything to accomplish his corrupt will.

What Ms. Schiller did was remove herself as a target in the Ultra-rightwing's war on free media.

I believe NPR/CPB needs to initiate prosecution for Fraud and other crimes against the crook who keeps sending these conmen out against anyone he hates (which is ap[parently most of the country). They did try to pass a bogus check, after all. I believe that is called "Bank Fraud", a felony.

Posted by: DavidEdwardMartin | March 9, 2011 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Once again the brilliant WP reporting completely missed the point. The issue is not that they don't like Republicans - duh, rather it was about their complete sympathy and eagerness to support an organization that wanted to spread the message of Hamas and Hezbollah – RADICAL MUSLIN TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS!

Dennis Miller said it best, the only reason more Americans have not been decapitated by groups like Hamas and Hezbollah is because we have our heads so far up our ass.

Posted by: tsantaniello | March 9, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I had some interaction with denizens of the NPR universe. I was struck by the smugness and self-righteousness of some of its operators and by the incredible ignorance of the intellectual world outside of their little bubble.

NPR would be on more solid ground if it sought intellectual diversity and stopped being a special interest operation. There is nothing in the Constitution that says that the taxpayer shall finance an operation geared to the enjoyment of a handful of smug and self-righteous liberals and leftists.

Posted by: realist9 | March 9, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I stopped donating to NPR years ago. The bias of the so-called reporting is totally amazing. In our state NPR refuses to allow a third party candidate who has qualified and is on the ballot for an election to debate the other candidates who are running for that same position. They smugly tell one that only the two major parties have something worth listening to and they just cannot allow all the candidates to debate the issues because it is expensive. This is an organization paid for by tax dollars. Those new ideas are just too dangerous for the well-being of NPR. Anyone who doesn't agree with NPR is labeled a racist or worse.

Posted by: bjneely | March 9, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Juan Williams would appear to be right about the color of the NPR staff.

I counted 7 Hispanic names out of about 270 NPR personnel listed in Wikipedia--2.6%. Now the number of Hispanics in the U.S. is about 15% of the population and is by far the most rapidly growing ethnic group.

I would grant you that parity may be too much to expect even though NPR is partially publicly funded. But 2.6%? Ay-yi-yi.

I'll bet my compadres and comadres at NPR don't have tamales and posole at the Christmas (oops, holiday) party....

Posted by: Bluefish2012 | March 9, 2011 7:49 PM | Report abuse

I should, but, if the articles were written properly, would not have to, look up the personal and corporate relationships between Ron and Vivian Schiller, but something about this makes me think nepotism and closed system.
As usual, practically all of the other people posting on WaPo and this article are, and their language reveals that they are, closed-minded, rabid leftists who are thus led into utter and reckless disregard of the truth or falsity of their statements, like the foolish fund-raiser who proved herself a biased ignoramus and careless with the truth. I’m a conservative, but respect an honest and thoughtful liberal willing to listen and have many liberal friends and family members.
Although liberal, they do some of the best investigative journalism on TV, among other good programming, and more voters, across the spectrum, should watch more of it, but, like any other voter who wishes to be truly informed, should regularly check out several different print and other sources, liberal and conservative, not to mention some useful foreign ones, some good political publications, sites, and blogs across a range of issues and perspectives.
Disclosure: I appeared as a source on one investigative piece by a liberal investigative icon several years ago, have at least one friend who also has, and knew one person who worked in news there but I have lost track of him. They didn’t quite lay out the whole story the way I would have but hit the key issue fairly.
It shouldn’t take a deceptive sting operation by an investigative journalist on the right to reveal the truth about matters of legitimate public interest such as the extreme biases of, and recklessly or intentionally false and defamatory statements by, the chief fund-raiser, CEO, or other executive or director for PBS and NPR, , much less that they would seek a financial or other relationship with what they thought was an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, a well-known foreign Islamic terrorist organization whose own statements include “Jihad is our way,” as they had for about eighty years. There is a confirmed direct link between them and Al Qaeda at the very highest level. There appears, to be a current attempt to scrub things like their bylaws from their English-language, but not their Arabic, Web site. Check out their people’s links with the assassination of Sadat, Hamas’ etc.’s attacks against Israel, and other violent Jihad, i.e., Islamic Holy War against, us and our allies. You can dig much about these facts out of recent and historical English-language coverage in the Post and other liberal, as well as conservative, publications.
Personally, I don’t think the government has any Constitutional authority or any other legitimate reason for being in the business of molding or trying to mould political opinion. I’d vote for a phase-out in the belief that someone would pick up and sponsor their good stuff.

Posted by: peterschamberlain | March 9, 2011 11:15 PM | Report abuse

NPR has the bias it is supposed to have. The whole mission of NPR is to serve the unheard voices. It is supposed to be the balance to the corporate media and the wealthy. It is supposed to give voice to the stories of the poor, minorities, and the little guy. The point is that the wealthy and corporations have the money to have their voices and opinions heard, but the poor, minorities, and the little guy don't. It makes no sense at all to keep attacking NPR for what its mission is supposed to be. Yes, to the wealthy and big business it seems biased on telling those stories. But, the wealthy and big business already have very loud mouth pieces in the media. We don't need to make NPR more "balanced" toward their stories because they don't need the help. It seems that the wealthy and big business just want to give the final blow to quash anyone telling the stories of those who don't have the power and wealth to have their stories heard.

Posted by: rachelmmo | March 10, 2011 7:55 AM | Report abuse

So, is NPR supposed to make sure that none of its employees are "liberals"? Should each employee be questioned not on whether they do a good job, but whether they have liberal personal beliefs? This is crazy. Schiller EXPLICITLY said that "Taking off my NPR hat, this is just my personal belief, this is just my personal opinion..." before he said what he said about the Tea Party. Since when do the PERSONAL opinions of a non-journalist, non-reporter somehow condemn an entire institution. So, liberals aren't allowed to be employed by any institution that gets government funding? Liberals aren't allowed to have PERSONAL opinions? Fire all liberals for their personal beliefs now! Apparently, liberals are no longer allowed to have jobs that get money from the government. Question every government employee about their personal beliefs -- root out all liberals!

Posted by: rachelmmo | March 10, 2011 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Apparently, having liberal personal beliefs is now a basis to have someone fired. No tax payer dollars are allowed to go to any organization that has any liberal employees.

Posted by: rachelmmo | March 10, 2011 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Ok conservatives. I have the solution. Let's bring back the "fairness doctrine". That should take care of any perceived bias in all media. Oh, don't want that, do you? Just want to shut down the only news organization whose mission is to tell the positions of people who don't have a voice against the wealthy and big business. It is ridiculous that you are attacking NPR for the bias it is supposed to have -- to tell the stories of the little guy, the poor, and minorities etc. who don't have the money and power to have their positions heard. Big business and the wealthy have all of the power to have their pro-business and pro-wealthy positions heard.

Posted by: rachelmmo | March 10, 2011 8:24 AM | Report abuse

I AM COMPLETELY CONFUSED AND REALLY DISGUSTED. APPARENTLY AS USUAL ITS OKAY FOR THE RACIST, SCARY PEOPLE TO SAY WHATEVER THEY LIKE AT ANYTIME ABOUT ANYONE, BUT A LIBERAL PERSON IS NOT ALLOWED TO. I DID NOT SEE ONE THING WRONG WITH WHAT MR. SCHILLER SAID, NOT ONE THING AND HE HAS THE RIGHT TO SAY THAT TO ANYONE AT ALL, CAUSE IT WAS THE TRUTH. ONCE AGAIN I AM TOTALLY DISGUSTED .

Posted by: betheloveyouare | March 10, 2011 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Could it be that right-wing money has infiltrated the NPR board and is now calling some of the shots? The only thing that the folks at NPR should be embarrassed about is being embarrassed for no reason. If every time there is a flap you allow the detractors to make you bob and weave then bob and weave you will because if you haven't noticed detraction is a way of life for the right. Why allow yourselves to be victims of a double-standard? Expose the hypocrisy and attack back in no uncertain terms.

Posted by: msstubblefield | March 10, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

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