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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And I hate Elmo, too.

ladyingray on March 9, 2011 at 11:09 AM

My Naderite brother gave the ‘almost adult’ a ‘ SeizureTickle-Me Elmo for his first birthday.
That thing was evil, I tell ya.
EVIL!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 9, 2011 at 11:22 AM

>>If you love NPR so much, OPEN YOUR WALLET WIDER AND KEEP YOUR HANDS OUT OF MINE.

exactly–I’d go so far as to say the FCC should let them go commercial. Let it compete in the open market with conservative talk outlets. btw Air America failed because libs already had their own taxpayer funded network and stations; often powerful (WGBH Boston: 100,000 watts). This is LPR. Liberal Public Radio.

raccoonradio on March 9, 2011 at 11:24 AM

yes, i’m so disconsolate i actually had to take the day off. my life will never be the same without schiller or npr’s minuscule federal funding.

our entire secret commie agenda is in shambles.

sesquipedalian on March 9, 2011 at 10:44 AM

I am sure you won’t lose any sleep over this.

Liberals being exposed for their ignorance, bigotry,and bias is being done with such frequency that it just does not have the same startling impact it used to.

This is who you are….ho hum….ohhh well…….

Baxter Greene on March 9, 2011 at 11:25 AM

These smart, educated intellectuals are always being out-smarted by us poor, uneducated massed. I corrolate this to the alien Visitors being out-smarted by mere humans. We will win. They will lose.

V

SouthernGent on March 9, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Sometimes you get the feeling that Liberal vs Conservative is much like White vs Black.

J_Crater on March 9, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Wonder what Charlie Sheen thins about this?

OmahaConservative on March 9, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Check out this blog:
It is really outrageous. Two nut-job members of the National Tea Party movement disguise themselves in the most racist manner as leaders of a fictitious Muslim American Organization, and proceed to secretly video tape a meeting they have with an executive of National Public Radio. They then proceed to claim their group was founded by an American branch of an extremist organization and pander to anti-Palestinian and anti-Muslim stereotypes.

OmahaConservative on March 9, 2011 at 11:20 AM

I wonder how the people on that blog feel about ABC and other news organizations doing undercover “exposes” where someone dresses as a stereotypical Muslim at a NASCAR race and hopes that some evil, beer-swilling redneck harasses them.

teke184 on March 9, 2011 at 11:29 AM

we can survive without juan williams, Ron Schiller, federal funding, and vivian schiller
/npr

ted c on March 9, 2011 at 11:30 AM

I wonder how the people on that blog feel about ABC and other news organizations doing undercover “exposes” where someone dresses as a stereotypical Muslim at a NASCAR race and hopes that some evil, beer-swilling redneck harasses them.

teke184 on March 9, 2011 at 11:29 AM

We turn around and give it right back to them.

They do this anyway, without provocation from the right.

Turnabout is fair play.

Good Lt on March 9, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Tell the plain truth, get fired for ‘embarrassing’ the company because some jackhole had a hidden microphone or camera…nothing new under the sun. Shame on you, Nancy-Pantsy Radio.

Dark-Star on March 9, 2011 at 11:34 AM

We turn around and give it right back to them.

They do this anyway, without provocation from the right.

Turnabout is fair play.

Good Lt on March 9, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Pretty much.

My take on this is the same as I have on AbScam from the 70s. On its face, dressing FBI agents up like Arab sheiks for the purposes of buying votes from Congress sounds stupid, but then a bunch of bozos actually took the bait and got caught.

teke184 on March 9, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Bu-Bye….and please take your hyper-partisan, socialist sensibilities, and a nice chunk of my tax dollars with you.

Enough already.

Tim_CA on March 9, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Limerick on March 9, 2011 at 11:22 AM

I wish Katie Perry had bounced across my TV screen when I was 8 years old…

Roy Rogers on March 9, 2011 at 11:37 AM

According to Jake Tapper, Ron Schiller will not be taking his new job at the Aspen Institute…

d1carter on March 9, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Dark-Star on March 9, 2011 at 11:34 AM

What “plain truth”?

kingsjester on March 9, 2011 at 11:37 AM

According to Jake Tapper, Ron Schiller will not be taking his new job at the Aspen Institute…

d1carter on March 9, 2011 at 11:37 AM

I guess Darth Soros doesn’t take kindly to people who fail him.

teke184 on March 9, 2011 at 11:38 AM

According to Jake Tapper, Ron Schiller will not be taking his new job at the Aspen Institute…

d1carter on March 9, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Makes sense. Why on earth would they want the bad press?

Still, points to the next liberal who throws the Koch connection into this development.

KingGold on March 9, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Daniel Ellsberg and Mike Gravel exposing state secrets on in Congress = patriotic.

Citizen exposing NPR secrets on the front page = racist.

If that is the message they want to promote and gain support for let them do it on the open market and not by having their fingers inside my paycheck.

Limerick on March 9, 2011 at 11:39 AM

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

Yes, but of course NPR is a “news” organization only in the same sense that Pravda was a “news” organization.

Henry Bowman on March 9, 2011 at 11:40 AM

According to Jake Tapper, Ron Schiller will not be taking his new job at the Aspen Institute…

d1carter on March 9, 2011 at 11:37 AM

heh! a twofer! er…a three-fer! Ron gets the boot from npr and Aspen, and ol’ Viv, bless her heart, gets the boot from npr.

Look at the wreckage you have wrought, James O’Keefe, you magnificent bastage you!…

ted c on March 9, 2011 at 11:42 AM

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

Yes, but of course NPR is a “news” organization only in the same sense that Pravda was a “news” organization.

Henry Bowman on March 9, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Front page of Pravda – “Gorbachev sings tractors! Turnips! Buttocks!”

teke184 on March 9, 2011 at 11:43 AM

What “plain truth”?

kingsjester on March 9, 2011 at 11:37 AM

NPR doesn’t need tax money from surly rightwingers.

Dark-Star on March 9, 2011 at 11:43 AM

I guess Darth Soros doesn’t take kindly to people who fail him.

teke184 on March 9, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Force choke.

fossten on March 9, 2011 at 11:43 AM

I guess Darth Soros doesn’t take kindly to people who fail him.

teke184 on March 9, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Force choke.

fossten on March 9, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Well, Schiller WAS as clumsy as he was stupid…

teke184 on March 9, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Libs! Al Gore (the inventor of the Internet) is contributing to your demise.

Roy Rogers on March 9, 2011 at 11:45 AM

heh! a twofer! er…a three-fer! Ron gets the boot from npr and Aspen, and ol’ Viv, bless her heart, gets the boot from npr.

Look at the wreckage you have wrought, James O’Keefe, you magnificent bastage you!…

ted c on March 9, 2011 at 11:42 AM

James has a signup sheet on his site for volunteers. I’m signing up.

fossten on March 9, 2011 at 11:45 AM

NPR doesn’t need tax money from surly rightwingers.

Dark-Star on March 9, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Do you think that the American public would actually pay for any of that propaganda that they call programming, except for the tribute shows to classic series, Doo Wop and other music Concerts that they run during Beg-a-thon Time?

And if they don’t need it, why was she fired for saying
what she said?

Surly? As opposed to you? Project much?

kingsjester on March 9, 2011 at 11:48 AM

This reminds me of an incident that PBS tried to pull right after one of their pledge drives. They ran a propaganda piece by Act Up that showed them storming a Catholic service screaming and yelling at the congregation. All to the tune of Tom Lehrer’s Vatican Rag.

They ran this immediately after they had finished a pledge drive thinking that people wouldn’t notice that they had begged with one hand while slapping them with the other.

The blow back was INTENSE. People called their credit card companies to cancel donations to PBS. Called their banks to cancel payment on checks that had been sent in.

PBS was force to apologize. Don’t know if any heads rolled.

kurtzz3 on March 9, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Incivility Warning! Ed has used graphic and violent imagery in his commentary on this job-related issue — “jump or pushed?” — and I, Jaibones, am here to go to the next level:

I don’t care if she jumped or was pushed, Ed. The happy result is that she is … out.

Jaibones on March 9, 2011 at 11:49 AM

yes, i’m so disconsolate i actually had to take the day off. my life will never be the same without schiller or npr’s minuscule federal funding.

You may be joking around, but I can assure you NPR is very concerned about the loss of such funding. So concerned that they fired their CEO in hopes that their necks would be taken off the chopping block. This is not a tiny, everyday event for them, even if you would like to pretend otherwise.

Missy on March 9, 2011 at 11:49 AM

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

I went to the Aspen Institute website yesterday and again today.

Yesterday Front Page: Announces Ron Schiller’s appointment.

Today’s Front Page: Not there.

Aspen Institute

aquaviva on March 9, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Do you think that the American public would actually pay for any of that propaganda that they call programming, except for the tribute shows to classic series, Doo Wop and other music Concerts that they run during Beg-a-thon Time?

kingsjester on March 9, 2011 at 11:48 AM

The American public can and has paid for just about anything under the sun.

And if they don’t need it, why was she fired for saying what she said?

Because the suits at NPR don’t want to lose a source of easy money, duh.

Dark-Star on March 9, 2011 at 11:54 AM

The problem runs too deep, whoever replaces the shilling CEO won’t solve anything.

Why in the world do we need a special NPR in the first place? The public can not get news? the left-slanted opinions? those npr employees otherwise would be unemployed? WHAT?

Sir Napsalot on March 9, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Dark-Star on March 9, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Filthy liberal corporatists!

Roy Rogers on March 9, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Because the suits at NPR don’t want to lose a source of easy money, duh.

Dark-Star on March 9, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Again, genius, if they don’t need the money, why was she fired?

kingsjester on March 9, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Filthy liberal corporatists!

Roy Rogers on March 9, 2011 at 11:57 AM

You may have meant that sarcastically, but you’re right on the mark. The libs are just as bad at doing all kinds of shenanigans if big money is involved.

Dark-Star on March 9, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Again, genius, if they don’t need the money, why was she fired?

kingsjester on March 9, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Again, dittohead, because the suits don’t want to lose an easy source of income during a recession. Just because you don’t actually need something doesn’t mean you’re willing to just let it go!

Dark-Star on March 9, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Dark-Star on March 9, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Obama much?

Roy Rogers on March 9, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Obama much?

Roy Rogers on March 9, 2011 at 12:00 PM

How so?

Dark-Star on March 9, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Daily Caller has news that the Aspen Institute WON’T be hiring Mr Schiller

journeyintothewhirlwind on March 9, 2011 at 12:00 PM

How long before they go off the air?

milwife88 on March 9, 2011 at 12:02 PM

journeyintothewhirlwind on March 9, 2011 at 12:00 PM

See the headlines.

OmahaConservative on March 9, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Obama much?

Roy Rogers on March 9, 2011 at 12:00 PM

How so?

Dark-Star on March 9, 2011 at 12:00 PM

“The libs are just as bad at doing all kinds of shenanigans if big money is involved.”

Don’t know about you, but I consider a 1 billion dollar campaign war chest “big money.”

We don’t call it “shenanigans” in Sauk City.

Roy Rogers on March 9, 2011 at 12:04 PM

“The libs are just as bad at doing all kinds of shenanigans if big money is involved.”

Don’t know about you, but I consider a 1 billion dollar campaign war chest “big money.”

We don’t call it “shenanigans” in Sauk City.

Roy Rogers on March 9, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Ah, I wasn’t quite sure what you were getting at. That’s absolutely a good example.

Dark-Star on March 9, 2011 at 12:05 PM

I haven’t read the comment thread, but for what it is worth, my reaction is the Board’s announcement is consistent with a forced ouster. It is not unusual in corporate and professional circles for the public announcement to give the impression that she resigned and was not fired. This is for legal reasons. A public statement can be the subject of a defamation or breach of contract claim by the former employee.

The standard procedure for firing a CEO is to offer resignation in lieu of discharge. It discourages subsequent legal action by the employee.

vnjagvet on March 9, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Again, dittohead, because the suits don’t want to lose an easy source of income during a recession. Just because you don’t actually need something doesn’t mean you’re willing to just let it go!

Dark-Star on March 9, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Oh, so they fired her over money that they don’t need?

Wait a sec. You just said that the American people would have no problem with paying for their Liberal propaganda. So, if they fired her in order to keep the taxpayer money that they really do not need, that means they got rid of her for no reason whatsoever.

Wow. It’s difficult arguing with that concrete logic.

Excuse me. I’m going to pop a couple of Advils. I’ll be right back.

kingsjester on March 9, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Did she jump — or did she get pushed?

Pushed out, probably kicking and screaming, by her board. Bet that was one stormy meeting. Too bad it’s not on YouTube for us to enjoy.

petefrt on March 9, 2011 at 12:07 PM

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

Wait, this is NPR we’re talking about, right?

petefrt on March 9, 2011 at 12:09 PM

raccoonradio on March 9, 2011 at 11:18 AM

WBUR is the “other” NPR station in Boston, not to be confused with the relatively-snotty by comparison NPR flagship station WGBH. They’re run by Boston University and actually still have some decent local programming.

WGBH on the other hand has been steadily going downhill since they partnered with the BBC in the early 1990s.

Del Dolemonte on March 9, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Dark-Star on March 9, 2011 at 12:05 PM

The only thing that can make this story better is if she files a wrongful termination lawsuit against NPR, or if it leaks that George Soros made the call himself.

Roy Rogers on March 9, 2011 at 12:11 PM

vnjagvet on March 9, 2011 at 12:06 PM

I agree it’s just pro forma, similar to most political resignations.

However, the axe fell pretty quickly here – I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Schiller did not see it coming.

Missy on March 9, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Rush is taking npr to task right now.

how’s that new a$$hole feel npr?

ted c on March 9, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Oh, so they fired her over money that they don’t need?

I see you’re getting it, finally.

Wait a sec. You just said that the American people would have no problem with paying for their Liberal propaganda. So, if they fired her in order to keep the taxpayer money that they really do not need, that means they got rid of her for no reason whatsoever.

Oh wait, you’re still wrong and willfully ignorant.

Let’s try this again: they don’t need the money, but they want the money. Simple enough for you?

Wow. It’s difficult arguing with that concrete logic.

The only concrete thing here is that noisy block of it sitting on top of your shoulders.

Dark-Star on March 9, 2011 at 12:20 PM

The only thing that can make this story better is if she files a wrongful termination lawsuit against NPR, or if it leaks that George Soros made the call himself.

Roy Rogers on March 9, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Now THAT would be a spectacle worth seeing!

Dark-Star on March 9, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Finally a little justice from the left. I can’t help but feel a little sorry that I can’t stop laughing!

bopbottle on March 9, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Let’s try this again: they don’t need the money, but they want the money. Simple enough for you?

Dark-Star on March 9, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Oh. So, they’ve been collecting taxpayers’ money all these years because of want, and not need?

kingsjester on March 9, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Oh. So, they’ve been collecting taxpayers’ money all these years because of want, and not need?

kingsjester on March 9, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Bingo. All they have to do is sit with their hands out. Income doesn’t come much easier than that, and they’ve become used to it.

Dark-Star on March 9, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Dark-Star on March 9, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Since NPR started in 1967, 15 % of its annual budget comes from Federal Funding.

On June 16, 2005, the full House Appropriations Committee voted to restore $400 million in federal funding for CPB in FY2008; it also approved funding of $300 million for FY2006.

Losing cash like that would definitely leave a nice hole in anyone’s budget.

kingsjester on March 9, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Since NPR started in 1967, 15 % of its annual budget comes from Federal Funding.

On June 16, 2005, the full House Appropriations Committee voted to restore $400 million in federal funding for CPB in FY2008; it also approved funding of $300 million for FY2006.

Losing cash like that would definitely leave a nice hole in anyone’s budget.

kingsjester on March 9, 2011 at 12:32 PM

So they may need the money because they’re spoiled and have done a poor job of selling their products as a consequence.
If they’ve made themselves too dependent on tax dollars my previous statement would be invalid.

Dark-Star on March 9, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Bingo. All they have to do is sit with their hands out. Income doesn’t come much easier than that, and they’ve become used to it.

Dark-Star on March 9, 2011 at 12:26 PM

So I take it you’re for defunding?

Ampersand on March 9, 2011 at 12:42 PM

The folks at HuffPo are hysterical. Literally. No one on the Left would ever do such a horrible thing. I guess the name Dan Rather escapes their memory.

Cindy Munford on March 9, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Oh boy, I bet whoever FOX News has interviewing Juan Williams tonight is in for some ratings gold!!

JohnGalt23 on March 9, 2011 at 12:46 PM

So I take it you’re for defunding?

Ampersand on March 9, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Not my top priority by far, but I won’t shed any tears if it happens. Not even Prairie Home Companion (about the only show on the station I give a hoot about) is worth defending NPR for – the show has long since gone rotten.

Dark-Star on March 9, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Wonder what Charlie Sheen thins about this?

OmahaConservative on March 9, 2011 at 11:29 AM

that Juan Williams is…winning? :-)…

jimver on March 9, 2011 at 12:47 PM

I went to the Aspen Institute website yesterday and again today.

Yesterday Front Page: Announces Ron Schiller’s appointment.

Today’s Front Page: Not there.

aquaviva on March 9, 2011 at 11:51 AM

I did the same. Currently the site’s down due to “technical difficulties.”

SukieTawdry on March 9, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Not even Prairie Home Companion (about the only show on the station I give a hoot about) is worth defending NPR for – the show has long since gone rotten.

Dark-Star on March 9, 2011 at 12:47 PM

PHC used to be good, but Garrison Keillor drank the hemlock after Chimpy Bush stole the 2000 election and then conned the Democrats into approving his occupation of Iraq.

He and the show have never been the same.

Del Dolemonte on March 9, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Any chance this firingpalooza could spread to the White House or the Progressive Dems or the GOP Leadership in Congress?

let’s hope!!!

PappyD61 on March 9, 2011 at 12:58 PM

I don’t understand why NPR/PBS thinks that conservatives don’t ever listen/watch their programming. Believe me, I loved The Civil War, Over New England, Motorweek, The Pennsylvania Road Show and a host of other shows over the years, as well as some radio programs. I’ve even been a contributor a few times. Why do they have to go and disparage us all the time? Don’t they have any clue at all who tunes in to them, even if it’s only from time to time? Don’t they know their audience? Or maybe they just don’t care.

Pilgrimsarbour on March 9, 2011 at 12:58 PM

UPDATE: More Videos Coming!!!

Even Rush just mentioned this stating that this would be another reason for the EXTREMELY QUICK EXIT of Vivian.

Bravo O’Keefe, Bravo

LordMaximus on March 9, 2011 at 1:00 PM

PHC used to be good, but Garrison Keillor drank the hemlock after Chimpy Bush stole the 2000 election and then conned the Democrats into approving his occupation of Iraq.

He and the show have never been the same.

Del Dolemonte on March 9, 2011 at 12:57 PM

I meant they can’t hardly seem to do a show without the content descending to bathroom level, but you have a valid point too. IMHO, something’s snapped in Keilor’s brain, God knows what or why.

“Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers” is still good, as is “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me”…but they don’t justify tax funding.

Dark-Star on March 9, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Makes me wonder if O’Keefe has another video that’s going to drop.

ButterflyDragon on March 9, 2011 at 1:07 PM

the thing is it will be business as usual at NPR if they retain the federal funding…the mindset in that institution won’t change and their bias will still be liberal, despite thhe ousting of the two infamous Schillers…NPR an PBS remind me BBC in England…no difference whatsoever, the difference being that BBC is entirely state-owned and people pay a licence fee just to keep BBC going, and that’s not small amount per year…that’s a completely separate fee from what you pay to your cable or satellite provider there…I mean BBC gets waaay more public money than NPR or PBS and their bias is unapologetically liberal/left-wing…And when the British Tories announced last week that they were not staying anynmore (as the Labour MPs used to) in the way of Murdoch buying all the British Sky Broadcasting shares (he owns 60% currently, and 40% are public I think), guess who was most vocally advocating against it? BBC :-)…ironically enough, their argument was that the deal deal would pose a threat to competition :-)…yeah, like BBC that receives their funding exclussively from the public compete in the market in any way…so, BBC talking about ‘fair competition’, how preposterous is that…it amazes me how completely ridiculous all liberal media is…

jimver on March 9, 2011 at 1:11 PM

ButterflyDragon on March 9, 2011 at 1:07 PM

He said in an interview with Hugh Hewitt last night that there is indeed more to come.

Cindy Munford on March 9, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Currently the site’s down due to “technical difficulties.”

SukieTawdry on March 9, 2011 at 12:51 PM

The left is losing it’s collective “mind”

Who knew Mick Jagger was such a prophet?

You were still in school when you had that fool who really messed your mind
And after that you turned your back on treating people kind
On our first trip I tried so hard to rearrange your mind
But after awhile I realized you were disarranging mine

Here it comes
Here comes your 19th nervous breakdown

Roy Rogers on March 9, 2011 at 1:13 PM

How will a woman with Vivian Schillers “God given” gifts be able to command big bucks outside of NPR? Not at a “think tank” and definitely not on a stripper pole.

bw222 on March 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Makes me wonder if O’Keefe has another video that’s going to drop.

ButterflyDragon on March 9, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Yes he does. More than one.

Popcorn, please.

Del Dolemonte on March 9, 2011 at 1:17 PM

He said in an interview with Hugh Hewitt last night that there is indeed more to come.

Cindy Munford on March 9, 2011 at 1:13 PM

This is so much fun! :D

ladyingray on March 9, 2011 at 1:18 PM

To the lefties Assange is a hero and O’Keefe is the devil.

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2011 at 1:19 PM

ladyingray on March 9, 2011 at 1:18 PM

I’m almost ashamed of myself for how much I am enjoying this. Almost.

Cindy Munford on March 9, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Makes me wonder if O’Keefe has another video that’s going to drop.

ButterflyDragon on March 9, 2011 at 1:07 PM

I believe he is indicating that he does.

ted c on March 9, 2011 at 1:37 PM

What’s the chances that O’Keefe has more NPR “video” and some of it includes Vivian Schiller?

HondaV65 on March 9, 2011 at 1:40 PM

It seems to me that not only do these folks not need government (taxpayer) money but they must not need individual donations either. Why would you take the chance of insulting half of your income flow?

Cindy Munford on March 9, 2011 at 1:44 PM

HondaV65 on March 9, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Over at the Daily Caller, Mr. Treacher has a link of Mr. O’Keefe’s interview with Hugh Hewitt from yesterday. He isn’t specific but he indicates there is more and no specific roll out time frame.

Cindy Munford on March 9, 2011 at 1:46 PM

In my experience, most executives are allowed to resign when an organization wants to be rid of them. It’s a courtesy thing that let’s the executive’s resume look better. If it’s customary in for-profit corporations, what’s the big deal when it occurs in a non-profit?

Al in St. Lou on March 9, 2011 at 1:48 PM

“Here’s yer hat, Viv, what’s yer hurry?”

Akzed on March 9, 2011 at 1:48 PM

I wonder if Ted Rall is still in the liberal racism business?

Roy Rogers on March 9, 2011 at 1:51 PM

The renaming of NPR & PBS is coming soon:

“The Soros Activist Network”

Didn’t he just pay to add more “reporters” to their ranks? At last they can become honest about something.

in_awe on March 9, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Too bad it’s not on YouTube for us to enjoy…
petefrt on March 9, 2011 at 12:07 PM

…yet.

Akzed on March 9, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Yellow ain’t the color of your Big Bird.
BAAAAWWWAAAAAA

nimrod on March 9, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Use their own tactics against them. Make them live by the rules they demand others live by. Alinsky’s rules are not just for liberals.

James O’Keefe just solidified himself as one the most important gonzo-journalists of all time.

holygoat on March 9, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Just saw Vivian’s “resume” prior to her joining NPR. Totally unsurprising that this would happen.

She started out doing propaganda for Ted Turner, and then went on to work at such Leftist icons as the NY Times.

Del Dolemonte on March 9, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Actually PBS makes a decent amount of cash off of merchandising Sesame Street… all they have to do is charge a buck or two more per piece to keep going.

They will all live off of Big Bird!

Hmmmm… something just doesn’t sound right about that… someone will have to contact PETA, I think…

ajacksonian on March 9, 2011 at 2:53 PM

She started out doing propaganda for Ted Turner, and then went on to work at such Leftist icons as the NY Times.

Del Dolemonte on March 9, 2011 at 2:19 PM

:-) I was thinking that maybe them/NYT/Sulzberger will take her her back :-), but judging by the other Schiller’s comments, they might have burn their bridges with the ‘jews/zionists who control the newspapers, but not NPR’ :-)…but then not all hope is lost, there’s always Soros and his ‘charities’ :-)

jimver on March 9, 2011 at 2:58 PM

I expect Vivian will do just fine… she can become a ‘fixer’ again just like she did in arranging trips in the USSR. I’m sure the Magical Kingdom of Mr. Kim could use her!

Or Chavez.

Castro, maybe.

Possibly even Putin.

She has a sure thing going with that ‘fixer’ business.

ajacksonian on March 9, 2011 at 3:06 PM

PBS will probably find an inflated-salary make-work job for Schiller somewhere as they do to reward other Lefties such as Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff, Billy Moyers, and various other DNC hacks whose sell-by date had passed at other networks. That other Schiller and Skippy Gates could do a PBS Special on the root of all our nation’s problems: “Whitey, Tea Parties and them Jooos.”

viking01 on March 9, 2011 at 3:13 PM

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