Those fundraising drives on public radio may last a little longer this year. The head of NPR has been done in by a clandestine video.
NPR announced on its site that Vivian Schiller has resigned. The CEO of NPR came under 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.”
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.
The Associated Press version of the O’Keefe video:
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider