March 9th, 2011 10:01 a.m.
Update at 11:19 a.m. ET
NPR Board Chairman Dave Edwards confirms that President and CEO Vivian Schiller was forced out of her post. He told NPR reporters on a conference call that “the CEO of any organization is accountable for all of the operations of that organization.” He said that even though Schiller wasn’t personally responsible for such things as the secretly taped video that captured an NPR fundraiser disparaging the Tea Party and conservatives the board “determined that it was the wise move for us to accept her resignation and move on.”
The quotes come from The Two-Way, NPR’s news blog.
Update at 10:45 a.m. ET
NPR has posted audio of an interview with its own media correspondent, David Folkenflik, who says sources told him that Vivian Schiller was ousted from her post. He describes the secretly recorded video by conservative activist James O’Keefe, in which an NPR fundraiser disparages the Tea Party and Republicans, as the “last straw” in Schiller’s tenure as president and CEO. USA TODAY has not independently verified Folkenflik’s report.
Update at 10:18 a.m. ET
The departure of NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller comes after several months of tumult at the public broadcasting network. Joyce Slocum, senior vice president of legal affairs and general counsel, will be the interim CEO.
Juan Williams, a former NPR analyst who was fired in October, slammed his former employer last night over the so-called “sting” video that led to Schiller’s departure.
“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 last night on Fox News, his new employer.
Update at 9:28 a.m. ET
NPR has announced that president and CEO Vivian Schiller has resigned.
Schiller is not related to former fundraising chief Ron Schiller, who was caught on a secretly taped video blasting Tea Party supporters as “racist” and saying the public broadcasting outlet doesn’t need federal funding.
Dave Edwards, chairman of NPR’s board of directors, said the board accepted Vivian Schiller’s resignation with “understanding, genuine regret, and great respect for her leadership of NPR these past two years.”
NPR’s The Two-Way blog has details.
Vivian Luisa Schiller was born on September 13th, 1961 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vivian_Schiller
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
Vivian Luisa Schiller
her undoing number = LS = 31 = Controversy. Scandal. Things get out of hand.