March 09, 2011

O'Keefe Wins Again: NPR CEO Vivian Schiller Resigns In Wake of Hate Speech Revelations

On Fox right now:

NPR CEO Vivian Schiller has resigned, the radio network announced Wednesday.

The announcement comes a day after a hidden-camera video was released showing a senior NPR executive criticizing the Tea Party as "racist."

NPR condemned the comments, but the company announced Wednesday that the Board of Directors just accepted Schiller's resignation, "effective immediately."

Schiller was a liberal elitist bigot who encouraged bigotry and hatred of conservatives while part of the organization. She resigns one day after controversial conservative activist James O'Keefe released video of a sting where NPR executive Ron Schiller (no relation) was filmed bashing conservatives as xenophobic, racist, and scary. Ron Schiller, who was leaving NPR for a position with the Aspen Institute on April 1, has now been terminated.

The Aspen Institute claims in their mission statement:

The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: 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.

His naked bigotry on full public display, I frankly have no confidence that Ron Schiller is capable of performing the job he was hired to do objectively, but whether or not to rescind his job offer is a decision Aspen Institute and it's benefactors must make, not I.

Update: Ron Shiller out at Aspen Institute. No word on whether he'll join Media Matters or Think Progress.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at March 9, 2011 11:00 AM

Birds of a feather...

Posted by: Tim at March 9, 2011 11:45 AM

Jake Tapper just Twittered this:

Aspen Institute says Ron Schiller informed them that "in light of the controversy" not in best interests of AI to work there

Posted by: Neo at March 9, 2011 12:52 PM

There's no doubt this same sort of dialogue occurs behind closed doors at the major news networks as well.

Posted by: Tango Juiiet at March 9, 2011 06:45 PM