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Posted at 4:35 PM ET, 03/ 9/2011

Another Schiller banished from NPR

By Jennifer Rubin

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?

By Jennifer Rubin  | March 9, 2011; 4:35 PM ET
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Comments

OK, so Mr. Schiller let his true thoughts out and Ms. Schiller was caught with her poor leadership and lies. Now what about Betsy Liley who "really likes" having NPR referred to as the "National Palestine Radio". Shouldn't she be gone as well. You see her nodding, laughing and agreeing with most of the crap spouted by Schiller.

Finally, do your really believe that the Aspen Institute, who runs seminars for congress, didn't know who this man was? Do they get money from taxpayers also?

Posted by: KoftheLake | March 9, 2011 5:52 PM | Report abuse

They also need to loose their tax exempt status, or a collection of conservative organizations, like the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute, should be made tax exempt (not that they are bigoted like NPR).

Posted by: nvjma | March 9, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

According to Breitbart more videos are forthcoming. Whether or not it's more video of Schiller or someone else is a mystery.

Posted by: LadyBertrum | March 9, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse

"What more is there to say?"

Juan Williams for NPR CEO!!

Posted by: WashingtonDame | March 9, 2011 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Puts one in mind of that old 60's Hammer film with Vincent Price -- oh boo hoo hoo, "The Cry of the Banishedee."

The grammar is no more faulty than the towers of liberalism are proving (and being proved) to have been. Watch your mouth and frisk 'em first, Danno!


Posted by: aardunza | March 10, 2011 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Banishee is better. Bet I am'nt the only one wishes he could travel back in time to the positronic sea gods and resubmit his comments, for felicity, privacy, and to overcome that nasty negative capability and culpability. Some other time and place in a Hawking bizarro world, perhaps.

Posted by: aardunza | March 10, 2011 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Watch this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd9OYJMX9t4

Posted by: Orientalist | March 10, 2011 3:24 AM | Report abuse

I cannot fathom why these NPR clowns would zero in on the Jewish People since by my reckoning far more Jews support the sort of agenda of NPR than would ever support a news service like Fox News.
I understand that they thought they were pandering to potential anti Jewish and anti Israel Islamist donors to NPR but as a Jew I am aghast that they were so quick to haul out the anti Semitism card to establish their NPR bona fides.
To be honest, I am disgusted with NPR and it's radical Left wing, pro Obama, and routinely viciously anti Israel bias and I prefer Fox News for many reasons.
But still, I would expect a modicum of tact and morality from even the creatures that dominate NPR, and not rank anti Semitism, even for a few bucks.

Posted by: kenhe | March 10, 2011 7:24 AM | Report abuse

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