Advertisements
Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘NPR’ Category

March 9th, 2011   10:01 a.m.

Update at 11:19 a.m. ET

NPR chief Vivian Schiller has resigned amid a scandal over a secretly taped video.

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.

from:  http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2011/03/npr-vivian-schiller-resigns-video-scandal-/1?csp=hf

—————————————————————————————-

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
 

Where:

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 

          3       1

 

her undoing number = LS = 31 = Controversy.  Scandal.  Things get out of hand.

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

March 8th, 2011  10:07 a.m.

James O’Keefe, master of the video sting, targets NPR this time, in a pretty damaging interview with Ron Schiller, NPR’s senior vice president for development, and Betsy Liley, senior director of institutional giving.

O’Keefe’s compatriots, Shaughn Adeleye and Simon Templar, posed as members of a Muslim group with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood that wants to give NPR $5 million in light of the recent Republican threats to defund public broadcasting.

In the course of a lunch at Café Milano, Schiller presents himself as a liberal who thinks the tea party is “scary” and that there are not enough Muslim voices on the American airwaves, nodding as his lunchmates say they are glad NPR allows Hamas’s and Hezbollah’s views to be heard.

He claims the Republican party has been “hijacked” by the tea party, and when one of his lunch partner’s suggests that they’re “radical, racist, Islamaphobic, Tea Party people,” Schiller says, they’re “not just Islamaphobic, but really xenophobic, I mean basically they are, they believe in sort of white, middle-America gun-toting. I mean, it’s scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people.”

He also veers pretty wildly off the script that NPR CEO Vivian Schiller clung to during her address to the National Press Club Monday, saying “it is very clear that in the long run we would be better off without federal funding.” Vivian Schiller (no relation) was very careful to make the point Monday that while federal funding is only about 10 percent of NPR’s budget, it’s essential.

It was announced yesterday that Ron Schiller is leaving NPR to take a job at the Aspen Institute.

He came to NPR from the world of university fundraising and became NPR’s top fundraising official in late 2009, not long before discussions began for the $1.8 million gift from George Soros’s Open Society Foundations that, along with the Juan Williams firing, helped make NPR such a potent political target for Republicans.

I’ve reached out to NPR for comment and will update when I hear back.

UPDATE: NPR media reporter David Folkenflik tweets NPR’s comment: “We are appalled by the comments made by Ron Schiller in the video, which are contrary to what NPR stands for.”

UPDATE: The full NPR statement from Dana Davis Rehm, senior vice president of Marketing, Communications & External Relations:

“The fraudulent organization represented in this video repeatedly pressed us to accept a $5 million check, with no strings attached, which we repeatedly refused to accept. We are appalled by the comments made by Ron Schiller in the video, which are contrary to what NPR stands for. Mr. Schiller announced last week that he is leaving NPR for another job.”

story from and video at:  http://www.politico.com/blogs/onmedia/0311/NPR_exec_tea_party_is_scary_racist.html?showall

——————————————————————————-

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
 

Where:

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

 

Ron Schiller

9     1

 

 

his primary challenge = RS = 91 = Being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Read Full Post »