NPR President Schiller Resigns/(Fired) After Hidden-Camera Sting

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    Mar 09, 2011 3:44 PM GMT
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    Embattled NPR CEO Vivian Schiller resigned Wednesday after a hidden-camera video was released showing a fellow executive criticizing Republicans as "anti-intellectual" and calling the Tea Party "racist."
    The resignation caps a tumultuous period for Schiller and comes just two days after she delivered a major speech in Washington outlining her vision for NPR's future. NPR Board of Directors Chairman Dave Edwards, in a statement on NPR's website, said the board accepted Schiller's decision, which is "effective immediately," with regret.

    "The Board accepted her resignation with understanding, genuine regret, and great respect for her leadership of NPR these past two years," he said.

    The announcement was made one day after a conservative activist released an undercover video showing an NPR senior executive criticizing conservatives. NPR swiftly condemned the comments by Ron Schiller, who is not related to Vivian Schiller. Ron Schiller later apologized and, though he was already planning to leave NPR to join the Aspen Institute, said his resignation as a senior vice president and president of the NPR Foundation would be effective immediately.

    But the video was gaining traction in the media by then, potentially distracting from Vivian Schiller's message in her speech Monday in which she stressed NPR's objectivity.
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    Mar 09, 2011 4:05 PM GMT
    Congress should defund the NPR and PBS.

    These overpaid, bigoted pontiffs of public programming offer little value for the price of their wage.

    Sesame Street is strong enough from it's licensing and merchandising it could land a block on Nickelodeon or the Cartoon Network.
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    Mar 09, 2011 4:31 PM GMT
    alphatrigger saidCongress should defund the NPR and PBS.

    These overpaid, bigoted pontiffs of public programming offer little value for the price of their wage.

    Sesame Street is strong enough from it's licensing and merchandising it could land a block on Nickelodeon or the Cartoon Network.



    EXXON is strong enough....no more tax breaks for them too?
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    Mar 09, 2011 5:07 PM GMT
    Would this be another video by serial liar, video doctor, and convicted criminal James O'Keefe?

    I believe it is. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Schiller shouldn't have caved. I wouldn't have.
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    Mar 09, 2011 5:13 PM GMT
    LeanathleticDC saidEXXON is strong enough....no more tax breaks for them too?


    Absolutely. Like all corporations, Exxon should pay a gross receipts tax of 10%, and a long term capital gains tax of 10%.

    Specific subsidies for the cost of gas (gas taxes) should be reviewed in he interest of keeping gas and diesel affordable.

    I'd probably tolerate lifting all taxes on diesel (since it is the backbone of our agribusiness, food, and trade distribution networks) and allowing gasoline taxes to slowly adjust upward to encourage the use of high efficiency mass transit, pedal power and other means of transport, with a bias against urban areas over rural communities.
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    Mar 09, 2011 5:16 PM GMT
    Christian73 saidWould this be another video by serial liar, video doctor, and convicted criminal James O'Keefe?

    I believe it is. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Schiller shouldn't have caved. I wouldn't have.


    Perhaps she caved because she was guilty of making these inflammatory remarks, and realized that hangin on to her position would only bring additional disrepute upon a useless, wasteful appropriation of public funds.
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    Mar 09, 2011 5:32 PM GMT
    I wonder why she resigned over this. It's not like she was punked by O'Keefe. I could understand her resigning over how Juan Williams' firing was handled but not over this.
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    Mar 09, 2011 5:37 PM GMT
    "resigned Wednesday after a hidden-camera video was released showing a fellow executive criticizing Republicans as "anti-intellectual" and calling the Tea Party "racist."


    But, but --- they are anti-intellectual and racist respectively. Why should she resign over stating the obvious?
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    Christian73 saidWould this be another video by serial liar, video doctor, and convicted criminal James O'Keefe?

    I believe it is. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Schiller shouldn't have caved. I wouldn't have.


    Perhaps she caved because she was guilty of making these inflammatory remarks, and realized that hangin on to her position would only bring additional disrepute upon a useless, wasteful appropriation of public funds.


    She didn't make the remarks. A subordinate did. I'm assuming either a) the board asked her to resign or b) she didn't want to deal with the ongoing bullshit.

    NPR is not a "useless, wasteful appropriate of public funds" but a vital public service and one of the few remaining sources of actual journalism in our country. That's why the right hates them, not for the relative pittance of public funds they received.
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    Mar 09, 2011 6:06 PM GMT
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    Christian73 said
    NPR is not a "useless, wasteful appropriate of public funds" but a vital public service ....


    ... to the Democrat party.


    shortbus only likes cartoons.

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    Christian73 said
    NPR is not a "useless, wasteful appropriate of public funds" but a vital public service ....


    ... to the Democrat party.


    Incorrect.
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    Mar 09, 2011 7:32 PM GMT
    The "real" reason why Republicans want NPR /PBS defunded: Nature (the program). Just saw a program on how much it goes against everything the Bible tells them. Sesame Street is no threat to them at all.
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    Mar 09, 2011 7:38 PM GMT
    This is not surprising, NPR has always been a leftwing factory of thought. They should not receive federal funding when they are obviously biased in their reporting.
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    Mar 09, 2011 7:53 PM GMT
    mocktwinkie saidThis is not surprising, NPR has always been a leftwing factory of thought. They should not receive federal funding when they are obviously biased in their reporting.


    No. They're not. That's a ridiculous statement that needs backing up.

    I can't even listen to NPR because it's so milquetoast that it puts me to sleep.
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    mocktwinkie saidThis is not surprising, NPR has always been a leftwing factory of thought. They should not receive federal funding when they are obviously biased in their reporting.


    No. They're not. That's a ridiculous statement that needs backing up.

    I can't even listen to NPR because it's so milquetoast that it puts me to sleep.


    I listen to NPR every day -- they are as slanted to the left as Fox news is to the right. 98% of the time they feature people with leftwing solutions for the economy, leftwing authors, leftwing commentators criticizing republicans. It goes on and on. The hosts themselves are constantly trying to give more time to the leftwing commentatorsl, and the callers giving their "thoughts" are overwhelmingly people making leftwing comments about their "outrage" over what republicans are doing.

    They've been having people on there almost every single day criticizing Walker ever since the first protests in Madison.
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    Mar 09, 2011 9:55 PM GMT
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    Upper_Canadian said
    southbeach1500 said
    Christian73 said
    NPR is not a "useless, wasteful appropriate of public funds" but a vital public service ....


    ... to the Democrat party.


    shortbus only likes cartoons.




    .... says the self-loathing gay guy in Canada.

    who lives openly with a male partner, publicly speaks about living wih HIV, AIDS prevention, and is the public spokesman for AIDSPEI.


    I'm still awaiting your answer on what exactly constitutes "self-loathing" other than disagreeing with you and finding you unbearably unpleasant, because I think I pretty much embody the arrogant narcissist indelibly imprinted with a Roman Catholic injunction against bearing false witness, as well as a Jesuit-inspired expectation for one's logic to be unassailable upon pain of shaming befre your peers. icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 10, 2011 12:40 AM GMT
    Christian73 saidWould this be another video by serial liar, video doctor, and convicted criminal James O'Keefe?

    I believe it is. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Schiller shouldn't have caved. I wouldn't have.


    Yes, the same O'Keefe who plead guilty to breaking into the office of Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu. The same O'Keefe who tried lure a CNN reporter Abbie Boudreau onto a boat that had, among other things, sex toys..
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    Christian73 saidWould this be another video by serial liar, video doctor, and convicted criminal James O'Keefe?

    I believe it is. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Schiller shouldn't have caved. I wouldn't have.


    Yes, the same O'Keefe who plead guilty to breaking into the office of Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu. The same O'Keefe who tried lure a CNN reporter Abbie Boudreau onto a boat that had, among other things, sex toys..


    I almost forgot the Boudreau thing. Can you imagine him getting her into bad? icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Christian73 saidWould this be another video by serial liar, video doctor, and convicted criminal James O'Keefe?

    I believe it is. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Schiller shouldn't have caved. I wouldn't have.


    Yes, the same O'Keefe who plead guilty to breaking into the office of Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu. The same O'Keefe who tried lure a CNN reporter Abbie Boudreau onto a boat that had, among other things, sex toys..

    Were there similar condemnations against the guy who made the prank call to Gov. Walker?
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    Mar 10, 2011 1:16 AM GMT
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    creature said
    Christian73 saidWould this be another video by serial liar, video doctor, and convicted criminal James O'Keefe?

    I believe it is. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Schiller shouldn't have caved. I wouldn't have.


    Yes, the same O'Keefe who plead guilty to breaking into the office of Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu. The same O'Keefe who tried lure a CNN reporter Abbie Boudreau onto a boat that had, among other things, sex toys..

    Were there similar condemnations against the guy who made the prank call to Gov. Walker?


    What the guy who prank called Walker did was not even close to the federal crime of entering a Senator's office and attempting to bug the phone lines. If there is a possible criminal charge that could be brought against him, it would not amount to what O'Keefe did. I believe O'Keefe plead guilty to the charge of conspiracy.

    Edited to add:

    Apparently what the prank caller did was not a crime as a bill has been drafted in Wisconsin to make it one.

    Sorry bud
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    Mar 10, 2011 1:22 AM GMT
    Christian73 said
    creature said
    Christian73 saidWould this be another video by serial liar, video doctor, and convicted criminal James O'Keefe?

    I believe it is. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Schiller shouldn't have caved. I wouldn't have.


    Yes, the same O'Keefe who plead guilty to breaking into the office of Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu. The same O'Keefe who tried lure a CNN reporter Abbie Boudreau onto a boat that had, among other things, sex toys..


    I almost forgot the Boudreau thing. Can you imagine him getting her into bad? icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif


    Heh. That would be pretty damn impressive.

    Fortunately someone on his team had common sense and decided against it and revealed what was going on. I don't even know what he was trying to prove with that operation.
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    creature said
    Christian73 saidWould this be another video by serial liar, video doctor, and convicted criminal James O'Keefe?

    I believe it is. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Schiller shouldn't have caved. I wouldn't have.


    Yes, the same O'Keefe who plead guilty to breaking into the office of Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu. The same O'Keefe who tried lure a CNN reporter Abbie Boudreau onto a boat that had, among other things, sex toys..

    Were there similar condemnations against the guy who made the prank call to Gov. Walker?


    What the guy who prank called Walker did was not even close to the federal crime of entering a Senator's office and attempting to bug the phone lines. If there is a possible criminal charge that could be brought against him, it would not amount to what O'Keefe did. I believe O'Keefe plead guilty to the charge of conspiracy.

    Edited to add:

    Apparently what the prank caller did was not a crime as a bill has been drafted in Wisconsin to make it one.

    Sorry bud

    My question did not pertain to earlier activities. I was comparing only the acts of the prank call and the NPR interview. So if you condemn the NPR interview, do you also condemn the prank call?
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    Mar 10, 2011 2:23 AM GMT
    I never condemned the NPR interview. I was just bringing up the criminal record of the guy who orchestrated the interview. As well as his lack of decency to set up a CNN reporter.
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    Mar 10, 2011 2:36 AM GMT
    Well im not sure why he resigned. He refused 5million dollars from the muslim brotherhood.

    The fact he called the tea party racist and talked about "guns and religion" is no surprise. Obama did it.

    I respect him for speaking his mind. Even if wrong.

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    creature saidI never condemned the NPR interview. I was just bringing up the criminal record of the guy who orchestrated the interview. As well as his lack of decency to set up a CNN reporter.

    Fair enough. My question was also directed to Christian who did not seem pleased with the exposing of the NPR ex-official.