Video: Juan Williams reacts to resignation of NPR VP who fired him

posted at 4:57 pm on January 6, 2011 by Allahpundit

No, this isn’t Vivian Schiller, the NPR boss who hinted that maybe Williams should talk to his shrink about his unfathomable mental association between Muslims, airplanes, and terrorism. The resignee is Ellen Weiss, Schiller’s underling, who did the honors of telling Williams that his services at NPR would no longer be required. (Schiller got off easily by comparison; she’ll merely receive no bonus this year.) NPR wants you to believe that Weiss’s departure is completely unconnected to the results of its internal investigation into Williams’s firing, even though (a) not only are both being announced on the same day, they’re being addressed in the same post on NPR’s own website, and (b) the news comes just one day after the new budget-conscious Republican House was sworn in. Is NPR finally ready to explore ideological diversity as a way to keep the federal money flowing? Here’s a choice passage from the Board of Directors’ review:

Specifically, the Board adopted recommendations that NPR:

“— Establish a committee comprised of NPR personnel, respected journalists, and others from outside NPR to review and update NPR’s current Ethics Code (the “Code”)…

“— Ensure that its practices encourage a broad range of viewpoints to assist its decision-making, support its mission, and reflect the diversity of its national audiences. The Human Resources Committee of the Board is working in conjunction with key members of NPR management on this issue.

The money line from Williams’s reaction is calling Weiss “the keeper of the flame of liberal orthodoxy [at] NPR,” so I’m guessing maybe one problem with keeping her on was that a “broad range of viewpoints” isn’t exactly at the top of her to-do list. Exit question: On a scale of 1 to 100, what are the odds that NPR is serious this time about ideological diversity? I want to say 1, but given the defunding pressure they’re under for being a liberal house organ, I’m going to bump it all the way up to 2.



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Saw it live. Sweet!

OmahaConservative on January 6, 2011 at 5:00 PM

You really think they are under enough pressure to double the odds?

I dunno.

Lily on January 6, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Trying to save their funding I see.

William Amos on January 6, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Exit question: On a scale of 1 to 100, what are the odds that NPR is serious this time about ideological diversity? I want to say 1, but given the defunding pressure they’re under for being a liberal house organ, I’m going to bump it all the way up to 2.

Don’t matter. Defund the bastards. If they’re not good enough to survive on their own, then let libs get their “news” from the 1000 other options out there.

Doughboy on January 6, 2011 at 5:02 PM

I will raise it to Three (3)

hawkman on January 6, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Trying to save their funding I see.

William Amos on January 6, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Someone should tell them…

… “Too late!”

Seven Percent Solution on January 6, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Maybe Weiss was let go because her voice wasn’t hushed and breathy enough, that’s practically a requirement to go on the air at NPR.

Bishop on January 6, 2011 at 5:04 PM

When Juan Williams essentially calls them far lefties it’s time to defund them.

OmahaConservative on January 6, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Establish a committee comprised of NPR personnel, respected journalists, and others

Good luck finding any of those.

malclave on January 6, 2011 at 5:04 PM

glad Juan wasn’t squishy in his remarks.

kelley in virginia on January 6, 2011 at 5:06 PM


“She had an executioner’s knife for anybody who didn’t abide by her way of thinking.”

Yeah, that sounds about right.

She HE had an executioner’s knife for anybody who didn’t abide by her way of thinking CONVERT to his RELIGION.”

Commies and muslims … how can you tell the difference anymore?

Tony737 on January 6, 2011 at 5:06 PM

The money line from Williams’s reaction is calling Weiss “the keeper of the flame of liberal orthodoxy [at] NPR,”

Ironic, since Juan Williams probably lit his lib candle from her liberal flame every day. Juan is a Liberal. Who’s he kidding?

Juan is just pissy because liberalism affected HIM.

portlandon on January 6, 2011 at 5:06 PM

A perfect example of liberals running a business…they need government help.

PatriotRider on January 6, 2011 at 5:06 PM

The money line from Williams’s reaction is calling Weiss “the keeper of the flame of liberal orthodoxy [at] NPR,”

Particularly when the aforementioned Williams was as avid a sucker on the lefty public teat as any NPR staffer, right up to the moment when the party-line orthodoxy he always supported bit him.

He still is, but has learned to hide it a little (sometimes) so he can take a seven-figure salary from Fox News.

MrScribbler on January 6, 2011 at 5:07 PM

I don’t care if they go to 100, it’s immoral to pass the expense of NPR on to our grandchildren.

pedestrian on January 6, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Defund it immediately. No excuses

james23 on January 6, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Establish a committee comprised of NPR personnel

Der, I am intellajunt edjucated NPR and know reely good grammer.

John the Libertarian on January 6, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Ironic, since Juan Williams probably lit his lib candle from her liberal flame every day. Juan is a Liberal. Who’s he kidding?

Juan is just pissy because liberalism affected HIM.

portlandon on January 6, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Heh, +1

WisRich on January 6, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Heh.

princetrumpet on January 6, 2011 at 5:11 PM

We need to do a phone blitz to our congressional reps demanding defunding.
Both houses…

OmahaConservative on January 6, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Too little, too late. Cut the funding.

LASue on January 6, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Defund NPR and turn C-span into a network of webcams with audio feed.

WashJeff on January 6, 2011 at 5:15 PM

It doesn’t matter. The reason the government got into broadcasting in the first place was to insure the ability to get messages and warnings out. It is no longer necessary to fund public radio or tv to do this. It should be totally cut.

Rocks on January 6, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Libs tend to see anything less than a 100% invasion into our freedom with them gaining control as a loss, while conservatives tend to think that a 1% success rate is a giant victory.

This is peanuts -the left is winning, one victory after another.

Don L on January 6, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Defund NPR and turn C-span into a network of webcams with audio feed.

WashJeff on January 6, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Cspan is a product of the cable companies. It’s has nothing to do with public broadcasting

Rocks on January 6, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Guess their private fundraising didnt go so well, and now remember this? NPR CEO: We Don’t Need Public Funding

Lets help them live up to their words eh?

canditaylor68 on January 6, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Let’s include PBS in the defunding.

OmahaConservative on January 6, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Kick em while they’re down! Defund all federally funded progressive propaganda media NOW!

csdeven on January 6, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Cspan is a product of the cable companies. It’s has nothing to do with public broadcasting

Rocks on January 6, 2011 at 5:17 PM

I’d go for removing all hosts and call shows on C-Span. Just audio and video of the chamber(s).

I’ve grown tired of learning, everyday on my way to work, just how dumb some people in this country are. More and more, the callers on C-Span just keep getting dumber and dumber.

Hell, it’s almost like a politcal blog comment group.

Doh!

BobMbx on January 6, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Cspan is a product of the cable companies. It’s has nothing to do with public broadcasting

Rocks on January 6, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Are you saying the cable companies pay for it and no, or very little, public funds are used for it? If so…carry on.

WashJeff on January 6, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Wouldn’t you love to know how much their fund raising is down? I am sure they could put a lot of the blame on the economy but I bet they took a hit to the wallet.

Cindy Munford on January 6, 2011 at 5:27 PM

I am sorry but my “I don’t care” just went off when reading about this. Get our tax dollars out of funding NPR. Beyond that, I already thought Williams got the better end of this whole deal, and I still do.

JannyMae on January 6, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Establish a committee comprised of NPR personnel, respected journalists, and others from outside NPR to review and update NPR’s current Ethics Code

That right there tells you they aren’t serious. I give them a reluctant 1. Respected journalists? From where? NYT’s? MSNBC? CBS? ABC? NBC? C’mon. We’re not the morons you think we are.

Defund them, NOW!!! I don’t feel tax dollars should fund anything, that doesn’t represent all persons, and beliefs.

capejasmine on January 6, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Sorry, that should read, “I don’t care ALARM.”

JannyMae on January 6, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Ensure that its practices encourage a broad range of viewpoints

Reminiscent of the Blues Brothers at ‘Bob’s Country Bunker’-”Oh we’ll have both points view liberal and ultra liberal”

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on January 6, 2011 at 5:28 PM

The worst thing about Juan being fired by NPR: Now he’s on FNC almost as much as Karl Rove.

FNC = same old, same old, every night.

bw222 on January 6, 2011 at 5:29 PM

From Wikipedia

Uncommonly for a television network, C-SPAN is operated as a non-profit organization by the National Cable Satellite Corporation, whose board of directors consists primarily of representatives of the largest cable companies. C-SPAN accepts no advertising; instead, it receives nearly all its funding from subscriber fees charged to cable and DBS operators. C-SPAN receives no funding from government sources.

Cindy Munford on January 6, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Uncommonly for a television network, C-SPAN is operated as a non-profit organization by the National Cable Satellite Corporation, Cindy Munford on January 6, 2011 at 5:30 PM

So what do the cable companies get in return?

Net neutrality by executive fiat.

WashJeff on January 6, 2011 at 5:33 PM

bw222 on January 6, 2011 at 5:29 PM

I don’t mind hearing their views on different issues. I probably won’t be swayed in my thinking, but I like to hear where they are coming from.

OmahaConservative on January 6, 2011 at 5:33 PM

NPR makes me think of defunding.

And defunding makes me wish the GOP could engage Seinfeld‘s Soup Nazi to do a periodic appearance in which he stands with a bunch of GOP Congressmen, points to a chart of ridiculous funding requests (NPR, ACORN, any community-organizing nonsense), and pronounces, “No funding for you!”

BuckeyeSam on January 6, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Sounds like they may need to hire someone from the private sector to help them find revenue sources once NPR’s government teat is stopped up.

Mallard T. Drake on January 6, 2011 at 5:35 PM

The worst thing about Juan being fired by NPR: Now he’s on FNC almost as much as Karl Rove.

FNC = same old, same old, every night.

bw222 on January 6, 2011 at 5:29 PM

That said, they do have a few more GOP reps and senators to interview each night.

BuckeyeSam on January 6, 2011 at 5:36 PM

It’s a theoretical argument because cable companies fund CSPAN exclusively, but IF, in a parallel universe, it had been funded by the feds, what would be the problem with that? It’s a public service most if the time

YYZ on January 6, 2011 at 5:36 PM

If Weiss is the keeper of the flame, Schiller is the flame…as long as she is there, NPR will not change.

d1carter on January 6, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Is NPR finally ready to explore ideological diversity as a way to keep the federal money flowing?

Screw ‘em! DEFUND NPR!

GarandFan on January 6, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Exit question: On a scale of 1 to 100, what are the odds that NPR is serious this time about ideological diversity? I want to say 1…

Agreed. Odds are non-existent.

Establish a committee comprised of NPR personnel, respected journalists, and others…

Boy, oh boy. There’s a recipe for serious ideological diversity! And what the hell is a “respected journalist”, anyway?

Jaibones on January 6, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Regardless of the ideology, nobody with such poor judgment should be left in charge.

What a bonehead move.

AnninCA on January 6, 2011 at 6:05 PM

the news comes just one day after the new budget-conscious Republican House was sworn in.

How many dozens of times have liberals assured us that NPR couldn’t possibly care less about the federal funds they frantically demand every year?

Words to live by: When liberals say “it’s not about the money…” That’s NewSpeak for: “It is ONLY about the money.

logis on January 6, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Nuke ‘em from orbit, it’s the only way to be sure.

jnelchef on January 6, 2011 at 6:08 PM

I want to say 1, but given the defunding pressure they’re under for being a liberal house organ, I’m going to bump it all the way up to 2.

Nt only do I think this is too optimistic, I also think Shiller will get her bonus in another way before June rolls around.

Dusty on January 6, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Simple solution, if it is funded by Congress, Congress gets to appoint the members to their board.

slickwillie2001 on January 6, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Hey Boehner! Remember the promise to cut $100 billion? Waaal, defund NPR in its entirty. That’s what I’d call a small step for Congress and a giant stomp for bias.

AH_C on January 6, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Juan Williams is a sexist pig.

oldyeller on January 6, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Political correctness is destroying this country. I don’t always agree with Williams, but he’s a good, honest man who didn’t deserve the treatment he got.

http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-spokane/npr-exec-who-fired-juan-williams-resigns

jdawg on January 6, 2011 at 6:35 PM

And defunding makes me wish the GOP could engage Seinfeld‘s Soup Nazi to do a periodic appearance in which he stands with a bunch of GOP Congressmen, points to a chart of ridiculous funding requests (NPR, ACORN, any community-organizing nonsense), and pronounces, “No funding for you!”

Love it.

YehuditTX on January 6, 2011 at 6:43 PM

finding a respected jouranalist..is that like a snipe hunt?

DrW on January 6, 2011 at 6:45 PM

They should hire Rush Limbaugh. Now THAT would be diversity I could believe in.

Mojave Mark on January 6, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Vivian Schiller – still has a job at NPR why? She has shown she is as unprofessional as they come.

Why are my tax dollars going to this woman’s employment?

NPR thinks this is enough to soothe – appease the public they sux off of ….De fund NPR don’t wait do it now.

Dr Evil on January 6, 2011 at 7:09 PM

2…

go easy on ‘em AP, go easy…./

ted c on January 6, 2011 at 7:15 PM

Exit question: On a scale of 1 to 100, what are the odds that NPR is serious this time about ideological diversity?

Oh, it’s most assuredly a 1, but with the spotlight shining on them, they’ll go through the motions to make it look like like they’re interested in diverse opinions. Kind of like Barry’s lame-a** HC summit…

rcpjr on January 6, 2011 at 7:22 PM

“..Vivian Schiller lost her 2010 bonus..”

..Awwwwwwwww. Notice the tears rolling down my cheeks.

The War Planner on January 6, 2011 at 8:42 PM

So which liberal Soros-funded think tank is going to hire Weiss?

PattyJ on January 6, 2011 at 9:13 PM

So which liberal Soros-funded think tank is going to hire Weiss?

PattyJ on January 6, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Oh no, -could she be the new WH PS?

slickwillie2001 on January 6, 2011 at 10:42 PM

Defund NPR…NOW!!

Khun Joe on January 7, 2011 at 6:21 AM

And regardless of the players involved, defund this worthless liberal special interest program. It is not an appropriate government expense.

Jaibones on January 7, 2011 at 7:04 AM