NPR places Schiller on administrative leave over O’Keefe video; Update: Juan Williams rips NPR

posted at 6:36 pm on March 8, 2011 by Allahpundit

Actually, it’s unclear whether he’s on leave or has been canned. A 5:25 p.m. update says “Today, his departure was made effective immediately,” but a new update 10 minutes later he’s suspended pending review. Either way, please, by all means, let’s continue to pretend that Schiller said something bizarre and aberrant for an NPR exec. Granted, no one believes that; he behaved exactly, but exactly, the way you’d expect a liberal bien-pensant at public radio to behave. But we need confidence in our media institutions, so on we go with the charade that chitchat about racist tea partiers and the Zionist media has shocked his colleagues to the core.

I haven’t been this stunned and hurt since I found out Keith Olbermann was donating to Democrats.

“The comments contained in the video released today are contrary to everything we stand for, and we completely disavow the views expressed. NPR is fair and open minded about the people we cover. Our reporting reflects those values every single day — in the civility of our programming, the range of opinions we reflect and the diversity of stories we tell.

“The assertion that NPR and public radio stations would be better off without federal funding does not reflect reality. The elimination of federal funding would significantly damage public broadcasting as a whole.

“Prior to the lunch meeting presented in the edited video, Ron Schiller had informed NPR that he was resigning from his position to take a new job. His resignation was announced publicly last week, and he was expected to depart in May. While we review this situation, he has been placed on administrative leave.”

I’d have more respect for them if they went the full Sheen and embraced their bad behavior. Have Vivian Schiller walk out at a presser wearing an Obama button and waving a machete and declare, “I’m tired of pretending we’re not special.” Sure, the GOP will defund NPR for it, but they’re probably going to do that anyway. A new statement from Eric Cantor:

“As we continue to identify ways to cut spending and save valuable resources, this disturbing video makes clear that taxpayer dollars should no longer be appropriated to NPR. Not only have top public broadcasting executives finally admitted that they do not need taxpayer dollars to survive, it is also clear that without federal funds, public broadcasting stations self-admittedly would become eligible for more private dollars on top of the multi-million dollar donations these organizations already receive.

“At a time when our government borrows 40 cents of every dollar that it spends, we must find ways to cut spending and live within our means. This video clearly highlights the fact that public broadcasting doesn’t need taxpayer funding to thrive, and I hope that admission will lead to a bipartisan consensus to end these unnecessary federal subsidies.”

Actually, the House already voted to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting last month. The significance of today’s video is that it might force Republicans to go to the mat on including that in a budget deal when, not if, Reid demands that it be taken out. Democrats would have been in good position to resist otherwise, insisting that CPB’s money is peanuts in the grand scheme of things and shouldn’t be a stumbling block to a broader budget compromise. After the video, though? I don’t know. Giving up on the CPB defunding would have been hard for Republicans to do under any circumstance with tea partiers watching them. After today, it may be impossible.

Update: He told you so.

“This was an act of incredible condescension,” said Williams. “The rank hypocrisy of his remarks was telling for me. They will say things to your face about how there’s no liberal orthodoxy at NPR, how they play it straight, but now you see it for what it is. They prostitute themselves for money.”

Williams said Schiller’s remarks about the Jews dominating the newspaper industry was “outright anti-Semitism,” and labeling Tea Party members “gun-toting” “racists” reveals “their real feelings.” This is how they talk in boardrooms and editorial meetings, explained Williams. “This is how they really feel.”


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NPR…….National Palestinian Radio
NPR…….National Progressive Radio

Any others?

PappyD61 on March 8, 2011 at 6:42 PM

National Propaganda Radio.

amerpundit on March 8, 2011 at 6:45 PM

No Prostitutes Refund

chickasaw42 on March 8, 2011 at 9:07 PM

I generally don’t like Hannity.

But he’s great when stuff like this comes up. He just goes after NPR full bore.

Right now, even Juan Williams is teeing off on Schiller.

BuckeyeSam on March 8, 2011 at 9:08 PM

“This is how they really feel.”

This is certainly now many of their listeners feel and I have to suffer that drivel every day. I would suggest that maybe NPR wouldn’t need to run so many beg-a-thons if they didn’t work so hard in alienating half their potential listening audience.

crosspatch on March 8, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Juan ripped ‘em a new one.

Long past due for PBS.

Bwahahahahahahaha!

petefrt on March 8, 2011 at 9:11 PM

This is how they talk in boardrooms and editorial meetings, explained Williams. “This is how they really feel.”

And, up to the day you got canned, you were a part of it. I don’t remember any complaints before you got fired.

Save it Juan. You sat in those boardrooms and nodded away in complete agreement. BTW, how do you explain how you know this…if you weren’t there hearing it?

BobMbx on March 8, 2011 at 9:14 PM

For the criticism of Williams on the tape, Hannity was urging Juan to sue them.

Wouldn’t that be delicious? NPR gets sued out of existence…just as the KKK did!

BuckeyeSam on March 8, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Nice work, James O’Keefe. This may be just enough to nail down defunding of PBS/NPR or whatever they call their “mostly privately funded” broadcasting.

petefrt on March 8, 2011 at 9:15 PM

I stand squarely behind Sean Hannity when he tells Juan Williams he should hire the best lawyer in the country and sue NPR to death.
Juan Williams is a decent and honorable man who does not deserve anything that he has received from the bottom feeders at NPR.

Mr. Grump on March 8, 2011 at 9:16 PM

The significance of today’s video is that it might force Republicans to go to the mat on including that in a budget deal when, not if, Reid demands that it be taken out.

One of my biggest dreams is to live long enough to see CPB/NPR be defunded. This gives me optimism.

petefrt on March 8, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Hannity doesn’t get enough credit for all the good he does for our side.

redridinghood on March 8, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Juan Williams is a decent and honorable man …

Mr. Grump on March 8, 2011 at 9:16 PM

That he is. I disagree with him almost always. But the man mostly has our basic values and he’s intellectually honest. That’s rare from the left nowadays.

I disagree with Juan, but I like Juan and I respect Juan.

petefrt on March 8, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Grow Fins on March 8, 2011 at 7:18 PM

And now here’s Captain Beefheart’s newest single “Look, a Bunny!”

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on March 8, 2011 at 9:31 PM

I remember when the wall fell in Berlin and I tuned into NPR while I drove in my car making sales calls because their coverage was so good. Now I can’t stand them–have I changed or have they?

phillypolitics on March 8, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Actually yes, but nothing to do with you monkeys.

Grow Fins on March 8, 2011 at 7:18 PM

The bigotry is strong in this one.

CurtZHP on March 8, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Shiller just RESIGNED from NPR…

And ease up on “fins”… he/she/it probably had to clean out the garage (a.k.a. ‘living quarters’) or something like that…

Khun Joe on March 8, 2011 at 9:45 PM

NPR = NAZI Party Radio

And you are listing to the wonderful voice of Joseph Gobles!

Confederate on March 8, 2011 at 9:55 PM

If Juan Williams hadn’t been fired by NPR he would still
have his nose up their butts – he is a phoney.

Amjean on March 8, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Maybe the analogy was made already…

A leftie stages being a Koch brother, calls the ‘uneducated rube’ Gov. of WI, and is derided as a moron, as he should be.

O’Keefe poses as some rich muzzie, and and elitist leftie big shot is fired. Dern the ‘stupid’ tea partiers and Rs.

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2011 at 10:05 PM

N ot
P lausible
R eporting

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2011 at 10:05 PM

DEFUND THEM NOW!

KMC1 on March 8, 2011 at 11:04 PM

I wouldn’t be too hard on Juan Williams. Sure, he didn’t out them when he was employed by them, but I have had jobs in which I was very uncomfortable with management positions or ethics. He mostly agreed with the politics, and none of us criticizes our employer lightly.

He is a good man, and coming a bit our direction.

jodetoad on March 8, 2011 at 11:09 PM

You could’ve save a lot of time and effort, AP, by just typing “YAWN!!”

Jim Treacher on March 9, 2011 at 6:05 AM

petefrt on March 8, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Thanks. You said it much better than I could.

Mr. Grump on March 9, 2011 at 6:47 AM

You like being a bigot, don’t you “Grow Fins”? You hide behind that pseudonym like your intellectual ancestor, the Klansman, hid behind his hood.

Crawford on March 8, 2011 at 7:13 PM

I think he is just trying to help himself get to the next step on the evolutionary ladder. You know, visualizing what he hopes to accomplish.

Siddhartha Vicious on March 9, 2011 at 7:04 AM

NPR…….National Palestinian Radio
NPR…….National Progressive Radio

Any others?

PappyD61 on March 8, 2011 at 6:42 PM

National Propaganda Radio.

amerpundit on March 8, 2011 at 6:45 PM

No Prostitutes Refund

chickasaw42 on March 8, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Also:
Nancy Pelosi Radio
National Pravda Radio
Non-Productive Radio
Nationally Prejudiced Radio

It is long past time to defund this mess and charge George Soros the annual licensing fees for using the national air waves for his Ministry of Truth.

Orson Buggeigh

Orson Buggeigh on March 9, 2011 at 9:16 AM

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