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    NPR CEO Vivian Schiller Resigns

    NPR CEO Vivian Schiller Resigns

    Just a day after the release of a devastating video of NPR officials dining with a purported Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated group for the purpose of soliticing a $5 million donation, and months after the Juan Williams firing, Vivian Schiller, President and CEO of NPR has resigned.

    NPR just released this statement from NPR Board of Directors Chairman Dave Edwards:

    “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.

    “Vivian brought vision and energy to this organization. She led NPR back from the enormous economic challenges of the previous two years. She was passionately committed to NPR’s mission, and to stations and NPR working collaboratively as a local-national news network.

    “According to a CEO succession plan adopted by the Board in 2009, Joyce Slocum, SVP of Legal Affairs and General Counsel, has been appointed to the position of Interim CEO. The Board will immediately establish an Executive Transition Committee that will develop a timeframe and process for the recruitment and selection of new leadership.

    “I recognize the magnitude of this news – and that it comes on top of what has been a traumatic period for NPR and the larger public radio community. The Board is committed to supporting NPR through this interim period and has confidence in NPR’s leadership team.”

    Updates to follow.

    It was Schiller who took a big swing at Juan Williams last October:

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    @Van Halen: Like I've been sayin', just defunding them doesn't go far enough. That's a battle that has already been won.

    I'd like to start hearing more chatter about stripping them of their non-profit status. They need to compete 'fairly' within their industry and pay taxes like any other media corp.

    Heck, they're probably making more cash off of their non-profit tax abatements than they do in direct federal subsidies.

    The news at NPR is now breaking very fast and quite furiously.

    Bottom line seems to be: Vivian Schiller reportedly had a discussion with the Board last night and told them that she would step aside if they believed it was in the best interest of the organization. They decided it was indeed necessary that she should go. So she then submitted, and they accepted her resignation.

    Update at 11:48 a.m. ET: Based on what NPR Board Chairman Dave Edwards has said in the past hour about Vivian Schiller's departure, we've added a phrase to our headline — "after board decides she should go." That reflects his statements that she told the board members to do what they thought needed to be done, and that they decided the wisest thing would be for her to leave.

    Oh. And also on their website, Ron Schiller is apparently no longer going to the Aspen Institute.

    Update at 11:40 a.m. ET. Ron Schiller is no longer going to take a job at the Aspen Institute. Yahoo's The Cutline reports that:

    'Ron 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,' [an institute] spokesman said in a statement to The Cutline."

    (link to The Cutline in the original)

    + + + + +

    No word yet on the fate of the "other" attendee at the luncheon with the ersatz MB, Betsy Liley.

    You flip a quarter 100 times and every time it comes up heads … 100 times in a row. We all know that that odds-defying streak still has no bearing on the 50-50 odds of the next flip. Right?

    Except that we're not dealing with an ordinary coin here. We were told for ages it was ridiculous to think there was left-of-center bias at NPR, the alphabet networks, the major dailies, etc. If that were true, we'd expect to see half of the scandalous revelations of media bias (leaving aside the equally lopsided ratio of "mistakes" and "omissions") showing a conservative bias. It doesn't happen.

    This is a two-headed coin.

    Van Halen | March 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Forgot to put up the scoreboard.

    Juan Williams: 2
    NPR: 0

    gs spotted it, too. That Schiller statement re: Juan was r-e-a-l-l-y strange, coming as it did from an electronic media bigwig. Saying here words were "disorganized" is kind. The most telling were the twice spoken, "but honestly..", which phrase when spoken by a used car salesman has us rapidly securing our wallets.

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