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Leslie in The Dallas Morning News

Leslie in The Dallas Morning News

The Big Story: NPR’s CEO forced out with federal funding in doubt

By Mike Hashimoto/ Editor

Thu., Mar. 10, 2011

James O’Keefe , most famous (or infamous) for his video takedown of ACORN, may have landed an even more prominent scalp in National Public Radio CEO Vivian Schiller. And the timing couldn’t be worse (or better), as public broadcasting fights to keep its $400 million-plus federal subsidy.

The digital dagger from O’Keefe to Schiller went through another Schiller, unrelated Ron, an outgoing NPR exec telling purported representatives of an fictitious Muslim charity that the tea party was “racist” and NPR could live without its taxpayer dollars. On the heels of the controversial Juan Williams firing, that apparently was enough for the board that runs NPR, which sought and accepted Vivian Schiller’s resignation.

At The Daily Beast, Howard Kurtz analyzes the impact and fallout. The Wall Street Journal’s John Fund focuses on NPR’s “damning admission,” as delivered by Ron Schiller: “It is clear that we would be better off in the long run without federal funding.”


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