Vivian Schiller, the chief executive officer of National Public Radio, resigned her position this morning, following the release of devastating undercover video from conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe that showed senior executive Ron Schiller (no relation) making outrageously bigoted comments about conservatives and Tea Party activists, while seeking to curry favor with people he believed were big-money donors from the Muslim Brotherhood.
The initial statement from Chairman Dave Edwards of the NPR Board of Directors stated, “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.”
Did Edwards feel “great respect” for the way Schiller implied former NPR contributor Juan Williams was a mental case after she forced him out in an ideological purge? I know Mr. Williams viewed the incident with something less than deep appreciation for Schiller’s “leadership.”
Within 20 minutes, NPR’s own blog updated their report with information from “inside sources” that Schiller was, in fact, “forced out” by the board. So, it wasn’t a matter of Schiller pleading that she wanted to follow her cousin Biggs and join the Rebellion, while Edwards regretfully but sternly informed her that she was needed for one more season on the moisture farm before she could think about leaving Tatooine.
As for the other Schiller – the one who described Tea Party activists as gun-toting racist religious fanatics – he was already on his way out, heading for a new job with the Aspen Institute, whose mission is “to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues.” Sounds like Ron Schiller will be a perfect fit, as long as he doesn’t have to set up any neutral and balanced venues for discussions with racist teabagging Jesus freaks.
Interestingly, both NPR’s blog, and posts on liberal websites like the Huffington Post, have begun referring to Ron Schiller as a “fundraiser” for NPR. In fact, he is the President of the NPR Foundation and Senior Vice President for Development, as you could tell by visiting his “People” page at npr.org… if they hadn’t deleted it.
I’m sure the rest of the NPR senior staff is composed of fair and balanced men and women, brimming with the wisdom of Solomon, who have never heard good old Vice President Schiller spout off in such a disgusting fashion before. Shock and sadness flow in equal measures through the taxpayer-subsidized offices of this great corporation today.
Update: It looks like Ron Schiller wasn’t a perfect fit for the Aspen Institute after all. A statement from the communications director of the Institute this morning states that Schiller “has informed us that, in light of the controversy surrounding his recent statements, he does not feel that it’s in the best interests of the Aspen Institute for him to come work here.”