NPR says they would be better off without federal funding

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NPR says they would be better off without federal funding
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Tue, 03-08-2011 - 11:11am

It looks like NPR and conservatives are on the same page. Both agree NPR would be better off without federal money. I think of NPR as MSNBC lite, it looks like the folks who run NPR also think this way.

http://dailycaller.com/2011/03/08/npr-executives-caught-on-tape-bashing-conservatives-and-tea-party-touting-liberals/print/

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Registered: 03-18-2000
One man's opinion caught on video by a film maker with an obvious conservative agenda.

 


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Registered: 03-03-2009

Why do you think of NPR as "MSNBC light"?

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 11-04-2010
...and really, what did he say that was untrue?
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Registered: 02-05-2011
Over on this thread http://forums.ivillage.com/t5/Breaking-News-Stories/Wisconsin-gov-pranked-by-caller-posing-as-donor/m-p/116928333/message-uid/116928333#U116928333 you seemed to have a positive attitude toward candid undercover conversations that embarrass Republicans. Yet here, you seem to discount the same style of reporting. I'm confused. If a Republican is snagged for something wrong, he should rightly be exposed and embarrassed, even pay consequences. I feel the same about a Democrat. Why give a pass to Democrats?

Ron Schiller was a senior officer for NPR, his peer (Betsy Liley) also a senior office at NPR wasn't fired, the conversations reveal tremendous animus toward Republicans and stereotyping of the worst sort.

Mr. Schiller expressing these views to strangers he met once, indicates he makes no secret of his feelings about conservatives and liberals. NPR senior management is very biased and hostile toward conservatives, and favorably disposed toward liberals based on the video and transcripts. This isn't a surprise to anyone, but it indicates the time for federal funding of NPR and PBS is over. There are many channels on cable now, and PBS / NPR can compete and do well with their point of view.

The video is here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd9OYJMX9t4&feature=player_embedded
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Registered: 02-05-2011
NPR doesn't have the budget of NBC, and GE was able to get more cash from it's ownership of MSNBC than NPR and PBS were able to get. NPR also isn't a full time news network, and as such doesn't have the depth of coverage that MSNBC has. I relate them as they seem to have similar beliefs, and both MSNBC and NPR / PBS seem to like to take cash from government.
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Registered: 11-04-2010

Um, Schiller's job was fundraising and that's what he was doing. Walker is supposed to be the governor of all the citizens of Wisconsin and should be representing the interests of them, not his corporate sponsors. Surely you see the difference?

http://www.npr.org/about/press/2009/090309.RSchillerRelease.html

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NPR doesn't have a huge budget.

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 02-05-2011
The head of NPR resigned today as well. Fund raisers represent NPR and PBS, they know the culture, and are very high level executives within the company. All these people and more will eventually get to testify under oath before Congress before any appropriation decision is made without any doubt they can explain how much they detest conservatives, Republicans, the Tea Party and gun owners. It will be an interesting hearing, probably only covered by C-SPAN and Fox News.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/blog-post/2011/03/npr_ceo_vivian_shiller_resigns.html?wpisrc=nl_natlalert

NPR CEO Vivian Schiller resigns from radio network

Update: NPR's Ombudsman gave a fascinating Q&A online chat with the Post on Ron Schiller's conduct ("He wasn't fired for harboring negative views about conservatives. it was the unprofessional manner that cost him his job. Who blabs to total strangers in public about their personal biases? Who doesn't vet a prospective donor before meeting. PBS got the same offer and turned it down.") and about Vivian Schiller's departure ("She has done an amazing job of "rescuing" NPR and bringing it into the digital age. When she arrived two years ago, NPR was in a financial mess. She was instrumental in changing that."). Read the whole chat here.

Vivian Schiller, CEO and president of NPR, resigned Wednesday. Schiller came under heavy criticism last year for the dismissal of Juan Williams, a former employee who was fired after making comments about Muslims on a Fox News show.

Tuesday an undercover video of NPR executive Ron Schiller (no relation to Vivian Schiller) brought more negative press to the network. In the video Ron Schiller can be seen saying "tea party people" aren't "just Islamophobic, 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."

Ron Schiller had resigned from NPR to join the Aspen Institute, however the Aspen Institute has since sent out a statement saying that Schiller felt it was not in the best interest of the Institute for him to work there at this time.

The video was surreptiously taped by James O'Keefe, a conservative activist known for his undercover filming. O'Keefe told CNN on Tuesday that he targeted NPR because of Williams's dismissal.

Williams appeared on Sean Hannity's Fox News show on Tuesday criticizing his former employers. "These people [NPR executives] are so rude and condescending," Williams said. "They attack anybody that disagrees with their point of view -- this elitist, NPR point of view."

The Two-Way blog at NPR just reported:
"I'm told by sources that she was forced out," NPR's David Folkenflik just said on Morning Edition.

(See the video of Williams's appearance here.)

NPR just published this statement from Dave Edwards, the chairman of the board of directors:
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.

We'll report more as the news develops.
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Registered: 02-05-2011
For the past few decades GE has owned NBC, GE has received billions of dollars from the current administration, including very generous compensation and limitations from federal review of GE's banking behavior.

It's CEO, Jeff Immelt, has been appointed by President Obama to "help" with various government financial issues. GE is mostly a bank, it qualified for and received TARP money. GE doesn't make much anymore at a profit, instead it makes money on loans to buy GE stuff. GE got exempted from most of the banking regulations and the stress test by the Obama administration.

GE has received billions of dollars under Obama in help. GE until recently owned NBC and MSNBC. Now Comcast owns NBC and MSNBC. We can expect Comcast will have it's hand in the federal till.
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Registered: 10-11-2005

So what's your point? Those scarey white middle class guntoting teabaggers ARE my family members. And yes they are a bunch of racist. Everyone has a right to their own OP. Big deal.

~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.

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