Breaking: NPR board ousts Vivian Schiller

posted at 9:56 am on March 9, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Did she jump — or did she get pushed?  NPR announced the resignation of Vivian Schiller this morning, but the Daily Caller read the Twitter feed of NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik, which told a different story:

BREAKING: The board for NPR NEWS has just ousted CEO Vivian Schiller in the wake of video sting by conservative activist of a top exec.

Folkenflik followed up that tweet with another that underscored the involuntary nature of Schiller’s departure:

LISTEN to my discussion coming up in a few minutes on NPR’s Morning Edition. To repeat: NPR CEO Vivian Schiller forced out by board.

NPR made it seem a little more voluntary:

NPR just sent this statement from NPR Board of Directors Chairman Dave Edwards to its staff and member stations:

“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.”

So which is it?  This is no point of mere semantics.  NPR holds itself out as a news organization, and asks its consumers to give it credibility.  Is Folkenflik misinformed, or is the board lying about their “regret” at accepting Schiller’s resignation?  I’d guess it’s the latter, as NPR desperately attempts to save face after a series of scandals and botched management decisions, starting with the termination of Juan Williams last year.

For most people, though, the question of whether Vivian Schiller jumped or was pushed is academic.  They’ll just note the justice of her public downfall after those scandals of the last few months, and the benefit that came from stripping the mask from NPR the last two days.

Update: Here’s another data point on NPR’s credibility from the NYT’s Brian Stelter, via Twitter:

FYI: Vivian Schiller gave no indication of any plan to resign in an interview with The New York Times Tuesday evening.

Shouldn’t a news organization be honest in reporting on its own actions?


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viking01 on March 9, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Helen Thomas is not wasting any time trotting over!

Roy Rogers on March 9, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Booyahhh, Karma is a…, well you know…

FireBlogger on March 9, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Is she related to the dude shiller that was on O’Keefe’s tapes? She will probably land a job over at the Aspen Institute, too.

karenhasfreedom on March 9, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Update: The board for NPR NEWS has issued a clarification on the future of NPR.

Winning

Duhhhhhhhhhh!

DSchoen on March 9, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Is she related to the dude shiller that was on O’Keefe’s tapes? She will probably land a job over at the Aspen Institute, too.

karenhasfreedom on March 9, 2011 at 3:49 PM

No relation, according to Fox News earlier this afternoon.

Well, well, NPR. Looks like your chickens are coming home . . . to roost.

OneVision on March 9, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Juan was on Hannity last night. I don’t think he had heard the tapes before Hannity played them because he had a very wary look on his face. He really HATES them. Hannity is telling him to sue them into oblivion.

karenhasfreedom on March 9, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Maybe this will help Ari Shapiro move up. I like him.

alwaysfiredup on March 9, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Is she related to the dude shiller that was on O’Keefe’s tapes? She will probably land a job over at the Aspen Institute, too.

karenhasfreedom on March 9, 2011 at 3:49 PM

No relation, according to Fox News earlier this afternoon.

Well, well, NPR. Looks like your chickens are coming home . . . to roost.

OneVision on March 9, 2011 at 3:54 PM

No relation. Ron Schiller has a “partner” and they share a cozy little cottage in Aspen.

BigAlSouth on March 9, 2011 at 4:21 PM

While I’m thinking, is it possible that O’Keefe has tapes of the NPR Board meeting where the ouster of Vivian Schiller was discussed? He did say he had more . . .

Ahhhh, to be a fly on that wall . . .

BigAlSouth on March 9, 2011 at 4:22 PM

O’Keefe invested about $3,000 and has threatened $450 million in funding for NPR.

That’s a 0.0001% investment.

ted c on March 9, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Yep, and he did it for us, the hapless taxpayer. Bless his soul.

UltimateBob on March 9, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Shouldn’t a news organization be honest in reporting on its own actions?

As opposed to giving it’s dishonest and biased views dressed up as balanced news?

chickasaw42 on March 9, 2011 at 4:27 PM

BigAlSouth on March 9, 2011 at 4:22 PM

LOTS of flies at NPR!

Roy Rogers on March 9, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Flushing leftism, one turd at a time.

justltl on March 9, 2011 at 4:37 PM

parteagirl on March 9, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Multimillion dollar taxpayer funded group of super intellectuals, academics and people much much smarter than you or me (just ask them) are brought down by a bunch of ignates with a cheap, Shiny Silver Keychain camera!

There’s a “Priceless commercial” in this somewhere!

DSchoen on March 9, 2011 at 4:39 PM

DSchoen on March 9, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Well said.

John the Libertarian on March 9, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Boo-yah!!

Now, defund from all federal money, and everything will be OK from my perspective…

Once the NPR hand is off my wallet, I couldn’t care about what they do… As long as I am an unwilling participant, my vote counts…

Sorry, ‘fins’ and ‘crr6′… Must be a bad day in Mommy’s basement!

Khun Joe on March 9, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Now they will cry for a couple million to have taxpayers cover her golden parachute.
Where do we see records of how much severence the administration pays out?
seven on March 9, 2011 at 10:23 AM

She’s entitled to all her pay, prorated to the day of termination and all her accumulated vacation time up to 120 hours.
NOTHING ELES!

DSchoen on March 9, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Looks like NPR just replaced one Democrat hack with another one. Claude Rains could not be reached for comment.

After Schiller announced her resignation on Wednesday, the NPR Board of Directors promptly named Joyce Slocum as NPR’s interim CEO. According to a statement from NPR, Slocum’s appointment was part of a CEO succession plan adopted by the Board in 2009. Slocum, however, appears to be just another Democrat. (h/t Liberty Pundits)

According to data from the Center for Responsive Politics website OpenSecrets.org, Slocum has donated $3,480 dating back to 1999 – all to Democratic candidates.

FYI Slocum has absolutely no formal training in journalism. She’s NPR’s head lawyer.

Del Dolemonte on March 9, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Hmmm. The NPR Board fires their CEO Schiller…..

Sorta reminds me of how Hitler “fired” Brownshirt leader Ernst Roehm, head of the SA Sturm Abteilung.

It’s great entertainment watching these feckless Libtards snapping at each other’s entrails.

The only way NPR could ever gain any credibility with me would be for them to hire Sarah Palin as CEO with sweeping executive powers over policy, reportage and employment.

CatchAll on March 9, 2011 at 10:22 PM

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