Another Schiller banished from NPR
The Post reports: "Vivian Schiller, the embattled chief executive of NPR, resigned from the organization Wednesday, one day after an embarrassing video surfaced of another NPR executive disparaging conservatives." And if that weren't enough, Ron Schiller was also captured mouthing the anti-Semitic canard that Jews control the media.(Is Rupert Murdoch Jewish?) But this doesn't -- or shouldn't -- end matters.
First, there is a very odd timeline. We are told that he resigned in January, but that this surfaced only last week.Then -- presto! -- the scandal breaks. NPR has not responded to multiple requests for comment. Moreover, neither has the Aspen Institute or its chief executive, Walter Isaacson. Aspen hired Ron Schiller, and in the wake of the scandal, unhired him. But when was the offer made, and were they doing NPR a "favor" in removing a problem employee? We don't know. The head of the Broadcast Board of Governors (Isaacson) didn't return multiple messages, either. All these newspeople and so little transparency! (I also contacted several members of the Aspen board, including David Gergen. The only one to respond was Yale law professor Stephen Carter, who answered promptly and graciously that he had no comment.)
After all, not only is this a matter of public interest, but the taxpayers have been funding this circus. Maybe they should all be called in for a hearing so Congress can discuss how quickly to cut off public funding.
Juan Williams summed all of this up very nicely:
"These people are so rude and condescending, and they say I'm a bigot because I tell you how I feel?" said Williams of NPR officials. (NPR fired him after he said on Fox News that he feels nervous when boarding a flight and spotting a Muslim in traditional clothing.) "They attack the Tea Party as anti-intellectual and biased. They attack anybody that doesn't agree with their point of view," Williams said, speaking on "Hannity." The sting video is "like tuning a radio, and by accident you've got the right wavelength and now you're hearing the truth. ... You can see who they are in a way you haven't before. . . .
"They proclaim to be nonracist, nonbigoted, straightforward ... and here this guy adds a slam on Jews," said Williams in the "Hannity" interview. "I'm the devil, Sean, and he's going on about people in this disparaging way where NPR and he are the really good guys, the smart people, and isn't it sad that more people like them aren't running America."
What more is there to say?
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