NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller stepped down on March 9. The move came in the wake of a video depicting an NPR fundraiser making disparaging remarks about members of the Tea Party. This personnel shake-up at NPR came at a particularly sensitive time for public broadcasting.
If I were a conspiracy theorist, I would guess that the recent uproar about NPR and today's startling news that Vivian Schiller has resigned was staged for pledge drive purposes. Nothing like a backlash against NPR and federal funding to get public radio lovers riled up.
NPR just released two statements -- one on the completion of an independent review of the dismissal of news analyst Juan Williams and another on the resignation of Senior Vice President for News Ellen Weiss:"Washington, DC January 6, 2011 -- The NPR Board of Directors announced today that it has com