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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Defund
Dismantle

blatantblue on March 9, 2011 at 9:58 AM

DLTDHYOTWO!

Red Cloud on March 9, 2011 at 9:58 AM

wow. earth-shattering, bold-red-font news. the single most important news event of the year decade my lifetime. i’ll forever remember where I was when it broke.

sesquipedalian on March 9, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Finally seeing the light. Perhaps too little, too late.

sheesh on March 9, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Obama’s new Department of Misinformation Czar.

Roy Rogers on March 9, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Ding dong the witch is dead.

OmahaConservative on March 9, 2011 at 9:59 AM

the system worked

wildweasel on March 9, 2011 at 9:59 AM

sesquipedalian on March 9, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Your despair amuses me.

Roy Rogers on March 9, 2011 at 9:59 AM

She will probably be replaced by Van Jones.

cntrlfrk on March 9, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Here’s the translation of NPR’s newsspeak-

“Don’t defund us! DEAR GOD, don’t defund us!”

teke184 on March 9, 2011 at 9:59 AM

It would appear that news of James O’Keefe’s demise (following the Sen Landrieu incident) was greatly exaggerated.

Keep up the great work, James!!

SoRight on March 9, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Buh bye!

Next please.

artist on March 9, 2011 at 10:00 AM

wow. earth-shattering, bold-red-font news. the single most important news event of the year decade my lifetime. i’ll forever remember where I was when it broke.

sesquipedalian on March 9, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Because the only news worth making known is that which we’ll remember for the rest of our lives.

Is this how pathetic lefties have become? Sad, really.

amerpundit on March 9, 2011 at 10:00 AM

sesquipedalian on March 9, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Kleenex, Eeyore?

kingsjester on March 9, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Good riddance to bad rubbish. But it should not save their funding. There simply is no way for government to be directly involved with media (other than as a subscriber) without the output being corrupt.

doufree on March 9, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Here’s the translation of NPR’s newsspeak-

“Don’t defund us! DEAR GOD, don’t defund us!”

teke184 on March 9, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Sorry, NPR. We’re broke. You’ll have to make it in the private sector on your own. Besides, we’ve already allocated your funds to the cowboy poetry festival.

Doughboy on March 9, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Karma… it’s not just an opera anymore.

princetrumpet on March 9, 2011 at 10:01 AM

James O’Keefe deserves a congressional medal or something

OmahaConservative on March 9, 2011 at 10:01 AM

sesquipedalian on March 9, 2011 at 9:58 AM

He or she noted the 85+ comments on the Headlines story and concluded a comment here was needed to get out in front of the breaking story.

Alternative headline: Toast.

BuckeyeSam on March 9, 2011 at 10:01 AM

To all leftists out there:

Isn’t it just easier to give up that meager 3% of the funding, that comes from government, other than always having to hide who you really are?

Just think of the win win! You wouldn’t have to go running, hiding, wetting your pants, whenever your ideas and world view become known. You could come out of the closet. For giving up a meager 3%, Liberalism would no longer have to be a religion of cowards. You too can embrase your inner Schiller.

Freedon can be yours!

MNHawk on March 9, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Karma… it’s not just an opera anymore.

princetrumpet on March 9, 2011 at 10:01 AM

“My karma ran over your liberal dogma!”

teke184 on March 9, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Remember, folks, James O’Keefe is a controversial activist whose credibility is permanently damaged, and we should be assured that he can’t do any harm to any leftist again.

/

KingGold on March 9, 2011 at 10:02 AM

sesquipedalian on March 9, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Tears of unfathomable sadness are delicious, especially in the morning.

lorien1973 on March 9, 2011 at 10:02 AM

1. Defund
2. Defund
3. ???
4. Profit

carbon_footprint on March 9, 2011 at 10:02 AM

sesquipedalian on March 9, 2011 at 9:58 AM

We can only talk about PBHO’s beer-making activities so much before moving on to other things.

As to NPR, I will admit I’m saddened to see Vivian leave, she was the only person there who didn’t speak in a hushed, breathy voice.

Bishop on March 9, 2011 at 10:02 AM

James O’Keefe deserves a congressional medal or something

OmahaConservative on March 9, 2011 at 10:01 AM

How about a Presidential Medal of Freedom?

BuckeyeSam on March 9, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Karma’s a b!tch.

Lance Murdock on March 9, 2011 at 10:03 AM

BREAKING: NPR Fires Vivian Schiller!!!

PLEASE DON’T DEFUND US!!! SEE!!! WE CAN CHANGE!!!

Libs changing their spots…

Roy Rogers on March 9, 2011 at 10:03 AM

sesquipedalian on March 9, 2011 at 9:58 AM

case in point…

By day, leftist coward, always trying to downplay who they are, what they stand for. All around intellectual pu$$y.

Just think what shedding that extra 3% could mean, to this sorry, sad case of Liberalitis.

MNHawk on March 9, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Too conservative?

rogerb on March 9, 2011 at 10:04 AM

And her appointment in the current administration begins in 5,4,3,2,1,……

Tim Zank on March 9, 2011 at 10:04 AM

May she ride off into the sunset with the cowboy poets.

kringeesmom on March 9, 2011 at 10:04 AM

I hope we’re all learning a lesson here. Libs are very afraid of us learning the truth. And the quickest way to the truth is to by-pass the useless media and expose it ourselves. Take a recording device with you everywhere, my friends.

parteagirl on March 9, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Here’s the translation of NPR’s newsspeak-
“Don’t defund us! DEAR GOD, don’t defund us!”
teke184 on March 9, 2011 at 9:59 AM

As if anyone there doesn’t spend most of their time belittling Christians; mentioning “God” is verboten.

Bishop on March 9, 2011 at 10:05 AM

wow. earth-shattering, bold-red-font news. the single most important news event of the year decade my lifetime. i’ll forever remember where I was when it broke.

sesquipedalian on March 9, 2011 at 9:58 AM

It is a beauty seeing the NPR terror network being dismantled.

the_nile on March 9, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Does that mean no more Cowboy Poetry?

katablog.com on March 9, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Who cares if she jumped or was pushed….She is gone and so is Govt. funding….

hawkman on March 9, 2011 at 10:06 AM

I hope we’re all learning a lesson here. Libs are very afraid of us learning the truth. And the quickest way to the truth is to by-pass the useless media and expose it ourselves. Take a recording device with you everywhere, my friends.

parteagirl on March 9, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Americans! Speaking TRUTH to libtardism!
Right On!

Roy Rogers on March 9, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Suffice it to say that Juan Williams will most likely be the guest of honor on Hannity and O’Reilly tonight.

Provided, of course, that they can find the party he’s undoubtedly throwing.

KingGold on March 9, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Day late, dollar short etc.

rcpjr on March 9, 2011 at 10:07 AM

filthy c word.

moonbatkiller on March 9, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Another liberal scalp on the O’Keefe lodgepole.

Is that imagery too hostile, too violent?

Too bad.

novaculus on March 9, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Did she have a parachute?

hboulware on March 9, 2011 at 10:07 AM

This gets better everyday.. ………. ……..i guess it’s between her and her psychiatrist now…LOL

idesign on March 9, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Defund it until Lake Woebegone is a pond.

kingsjester on March 9, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Another notch on the coup stick, O’Keefe. yahey!

perries on March 9, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Blame O’Keefe. He what done it. Just like it is his fault ACORN was destroyed.

seven on March 9, 2011 at 10:08 AM

And her appointment in the current administration begins in 5,4,3,2,1,……

Tim Zank on March 9, 2011 at 10:04 AM

She never left them…

the_nile on March 9, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Was it really a resignation letter or the form that needed signature to collect funemployment?

Dusty on March 9, 2011 at 10:09 AM

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

Well there’s your problem right there Ed. NPR is now not a news organization but rather a propaganda organization.

rbj on March 9, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Soros has a job openeing. He will interview his hacks on American Progress first. Maybe a Van Jones or other sock puppet will get to replace her.

seven on March 9, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Here’s the translation of NPR’s newsspeak-
“Don’t defund us! DEAR GOD, don’t defund us!”
teke184 on March 9, 2011 at 9:59 AM

As if anyone there doesn’t spend most of their time belittling Christians; mentioning “God” is verboten.

Bishop on March 9, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Replace “God” with “Flying Spaghetti Monster” and it’s more accurate, then.

teke184 on March 9, 2011 at 10:10 AM

I find it hard to believe that an organization which prides itself on its centrist, un-biased, fair and judicious, dare I say – conservative – reporting would act in such a fashion.

catmman on March 9, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Wow, hardly expected that. The damage is done already, though, and it’s going to be a tough battle to regain status as a balanced news agency.

scalleywag on March 9, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Will she find a home in Obama’s White House, Rahm’s Chicago, or at the No Tell Motel with the Fleebagger Fourteen?

Roy Rogers on March 9, 2011 at 10:11 AM

O’Kefee. Dragon slayer.

the_nile on March 9, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Defund it until Lake Woebegone is a pond.

kingsjester on March 9, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Garrison Keillor is perhaps the most unfunny comic in existence, but libs talk about him like he’s the spawn of George Carlin and Bill Cosby.

KingGold on March 9, 2011 at 10:12 AM

O’Keefe needs to slow down poor Ed and AP can hardly keep up.

hboulware on March 9, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Replace “God” with “Flying Spaghetti Monster” and it’s more accurate, then.

teke184 on March 9, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Ramen!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 9, 2011 at 10:13 AM

It is a beauty seeing the NPR terror network being dismantled.

the_nile on March 9, 2011 at 10:05 AM

indeed! another of history’s greatest monsters is defeated. freedom-loving people around the world celebrate.

sesquipedalian on March 9, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Schiller is most likely studying up on “conservative” buzzwords right now so she can join Juan “the Victim” Williams at FNC.

Poor babies. They recant their lib views — temporarily — and Uncle Roger takes ‘em in.

MrScribbler on March 9, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Enjoy the smell of burning intellectuals this morning…..

ahhhh yes!

ted c on March 9, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Slightly OT, but not really. Have you seen the new “firewall” video with Bill Whittle called “the end of the beginning”? He talks about the “meta-change” that is the information age just like the industrial revolution was a “meta change” that forced a complete upheaval of society. It’s a great video that points out how much things are shaken up when these “meta-changes” occur and we are living through one right now.

He makes a great point because none of the corruption we have seen exposed (ACORN, planned parenthood, Union intimidation, and now NPR) would have been impossible for a self-funded amateur just 10 years ago. It is amazing what cheap cameras and online video hosting can do. No longer are we kept in the dark by corrupt organizations who whore themselves out to politicians in order to get “access”. Anyone can do it now. Interesting times.

Mord on March 9, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Schiller earlier this week: SHOW ME THE BIAS WINGNUTZ!
Schiller today: SHOW ME THE BIAS DOOR, WINGNUTZ!

Good Lt on March 9, 2011 at 10:14 AM

This gets better everyday.. ………. ……..i guess it’s between her and her psychiatrist now…LOL

idesign on March 9, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Excellent! There’s a certain social justice in throwing somebody’s own rude words back in their face.

perries on March 9, 2011 at 10:14 AM

O’Keefe handed Ron Schiller a steely knife and I’ll be damned if he didn’t stab the steely beast with it.

you just couldn’t write this stuff any better.

ted c on March 9, 2011 at 10:14 AM

sesquipedalian on March 9, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Would you like some cheese with that whine?

Lib tears in the morning. Tastes like victory!

kingsjester on March 9, 2011 at 10:15 AM

O’Keefe vindicated. Again. How sweet it is!

thebrokenrattle on March 9, 2011 at 10:16 AM

wow. earth-shattering, bold-red-font news. the single most important news event of the year decade my lifetime. i’ll forever remember where I was when it broke.

sesquipedalian on March 9, 2011 at 9:58 AM

For some reason, I sense you’re not happy about this development.

You mad?

Good Lt on March 9, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Schiller earlier this week: SHOW ME THE BIAS WINGNUTZ!
Schiller today: SHOW ME THE BIAS DOOR, WINGNUTZ!

Good Lt on March 9, 2011 at 10:14 AM

HEH!+++

ted c on March 9, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Conservative Activism:

Mark Levin made the call for them in “Liberty and Tyranny” 3 yrs ago.

Perfect.

ted c on March 9, 2011 at 10:17 AM

sesquipedalian on March 9, 2011 at 10:13 AM

You know what your name reminds me of ?? Something to do with being real evil to the children of Bigfoot.

Jerome Horwitz on March 9, 2011 at 10:18 AM

indeed! another of history’s greatest monsters is defeated. freedom-loving people around the world celebrate.

sesquipedalian on March 9, 2011 at 10:13 AM

It’s just the end of the beginning. But it’s a milestone on the road to oust the sesquipedalians , their networks and their evil ways.

the_nile on March 9, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Enjoy the smell of burning pseudo-intellectuals this morning…

ted c on March 9, 2011 at 10:13 AM

FIFY

Shy Guy on March 9, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Dismantling the Progressive machinery one piece at a time. This process is going to take several years, but must take place if we are to survive this attack from within.

Keemo on March 9, 2011 at 10:19 AM

How’s that shiv feel in your ribs, Viv?

ted c on March 9, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Maybe the Click and Clack Bros will get picked up by some other non National “Palestine” Radio syndicate.

OkieDoc on March 9, 2011 at 10:19 AM

They still need to dump the woman on that video, Betsy Liley I think her name is?

juliesa on March 9, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Good post Mord, I did watch that video. Love Bill Whittle’s videos. Yesterday I was reading Walter Russell Mead’s most recent piece in which he once again was talking about the failure of what he terms the ‘blue social model.’ Like Whittle, he points out that the old institutions are failing at once, and the old fixes are for the problems of 1910, not today. He mauls Krugman a bit, which is always a bonus, but he does it kind of kindly, in that Krugman is also an example of the failure of the blue social model – and the inability of ‘intellecutals’ to come to grips with it.

perries on March 9, 2011 at 10:20 AM

The comedy team of Ronnie and Viv; now looking forward to taking their show on the road.

ted c on March 9, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Schiller squared

faraway on March 9, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Dang it, I was responding to:

Mord on March 9, 2011 at 10:14 AM

perries on March 9, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Alternative headline: Toast.

BuckeyeSam on March 9, 2011 at 10:01 AM

mmmmmmm . Toast.

We’ve got a new verb in the lexicon: “O’Keefed” – as in “She’s been O’Keefed”

Rod on March 9, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Schiller squared

faraway on March 9, 2011 at 10:20 AM

and then diced and sliced.

ted c on March 9, 2011 at 10:21 AM

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

Yes – but there is also formal decorum at play. The higher up the chain of command one rises in any organization the less likely it is that there will ever be a blunt termination of your services – you “reisgn” and the board “regretfully accepts” – they are following a script that written long before any of these actors were even a twinkle in the eye of their parents.

dieudonne on March 9, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Does Fox have to hire her now?

faraway on March 9, 2011 at 10:23 AM

I wonder how that level of humiliation feels… actually, I don’t.

Demosthenes on March 9, 2011 at 10:23 AM

bummer. 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?

Soros will have a spot for her and a soft landing at Center For American Progress.

He of course runs NPR now.

seven on March 9, 2011 at 10:23 AM

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

Socialist propaganda networks not so much. Why do people shy away from calling these what they actually are?

Why are taxpayers funding socialist propaganda mills? Let the DNC fund them.

dogsoldier on March 9, 2011 at 10:24 AM

sesquipedalian on March 9, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Your despair amuses me greatly

Roy Rogers on March 9, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Does Fox have to hire her now?

faraway on March 9, 2011 at 10:23 AM

They were thinking about it until Juan said they’d have to hire her over his dead body.

Rod on March 9, 2011 at 10:24 AM

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

Sure. Unless it doesn’t want to report the ingrained dishonesty of its own actions.

tgharris on March 9, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Rod on March 9, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Sure? Juan could use her to answer his fan mail.

Roy Rogers on March 9, 2011 at 10:26 AM

They were thinking about it until Juan said they’d have to hire her over his dead body.

Rod on March 9, 2011 at 10:24 AM

She could replace Shep.

the_nile on March 9, 2011 at 10:26 AM

wow. earth-shattering, bold-red-font news. the single most important news event of the year decade my lifetime. i’ll forever remember where I was when it broke.

sesquipedalian on March 9, 2011 at 9:58 AM

For some reason, I sense you’re not happy about this development.

You mad?

Good Lt on March 9, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Jackboot-loving collectivist mourns, film at 11.

ebrown2 on March 9, 2011 at 10:26 AM

wow. earth-shattering, bold-red-font news. the single most important news event of the year decade my lifetime. i’ll forever remember where I was when it broke.

sesquipedalian on March 9, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Get used to it, chump. The adults really are in charge now, and they are going to clean house and end abuses of taxpayer dollars like NPR.

UltimateBob on March 9, 2011 at 10:27 AM

I’m sure she received a severance package well into the millions….

CynicalOptimist on March 9, 2011 at 10:27 AM

This strikes me as a little odd, catching someone on video making remarks like that. It’s just too effortless. I mean, in this day and age if you don’t have the wherewithal to be guarded in your remarks, especially in front of what appears to be complete strangers, (even if they did pretend to want to give a huge donation) you’re an idiot and had no business holding the position you had in the first place.

scalleywag on March 9, 2011 at 10:27 AM

I don’t think she’ll be hurting… really…

CynicalOptimist on March 9, 2011 at 10:27 AM

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