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Published: 03/17/11

House Votes to Cut Federal Funding for National Public Radio

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
House Votes to Cut Federal Funding for National Public Radio

As expected, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted Thursday to ban federal money for National Public Radio, but the bill might not be taken up by the Senate and faces opposition from the Obama administration. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), also would prevent member stations from using taxpayer dollars to pay dues to NPR or acquire programming from it. Stations could still use federal money for administrative expenses associated with day-to-day operations. The bill passed 228 to 192 in a largely party-line vote. Related...

Published: 03/16/11

House to Consider Bill to Defund National Public Radio

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
House to Consider Bill to Defund National Public Radio

The House is set to take up a measure that would eliminate federal funding for National Public Radio, which has been tarnished recently by bad publicity and resignations. The bill by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) was considered by the House Rules Committee Wednesday. The Hill wesbsite quoted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-Va.) office as saying the GOP-controlled chamber would vote on the Lamborn bill on Thursday. "This is an exciting and significant step forward in the ongoing effort to protect taxpayer dollars from supporting programs that are fully capable of standing on their own....

Published: 03/15/11

NPR Sting Video Was Edited to Accentuate Negative

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
NPR Sting Video Was Edited to Accentuate Negative

A surreptitious video depicting an NPR fundraiser criticizing Republicans and tea party activists during a meeting with phony Muslim donors was edited, leaving out important context for the controversial remarks. The sting, conducted by conservative video-maker James O'Keefe, led to the removal last week of NPR chief executive Vivian Schiller, who was not one of those shown in the video but took responsibility for her subordinates' loose talk -- including a comment asserting that the tea party movement is "scary" and "seriously racist." But an analysis of the full, two-hour video -- a much...

Published: 03/10/11

Opinion: Why NPR Should Call for an End to Taxpayer Support

By  John Merline - AOL News
Opinion: Why NPR Should Call for an End to Taxpayer Support

On Monday, National Public Radio's now-departed CEO Vivian Schiller made an impassioned plea for continued federal funding, saying that cutting taxpayer money would have "a profound impact" on public broadcasting. "Modest as it is," she said at the National Press Club, "government funding is critical because it allows taxpayers to leverage a small investment into a very large one. It is seed money." Then, on Tuesday, a secretly taped video came out showing NPR's now-former senior vice president for fundraising, Ron Schiller, saying exactly the opposite. "It is very clear," he said at a...

Published: 03/9/11

NPR's Schiller & Schiller: Many Political Missteps on the Road to Resigning

By  Jill Lawrence - Politics Daily
NPR's Schiller & Schiller: Many Political Missteps on the Road to Resigning

In retrospect it seems inevitable. Take a hostile political environment, a red-hot spotlight and relatively inexperienced leadership, mix well, and you get tumult at NPR. Political naivete and tin ears are the threads running through the saga of Vivian Schiller, forced out as NPR's CEO on Wednesday, and Ron Schiller, no relation, who quit as NPR's top fundraiser on Tuesday. Vivian Schiller is widely credited for dramatic improvements in NPR's web presence and mobile applications, and she is a strong defender of NPR's journalism. But there's no ignoring the multiple embarrassments that are...

Published: 03/9/11

Aspen Institute: 5 Facts About the Place Where NPR's Ron Schiller Won't Be Working

By  Mary Phillips-Sandy - AOL News
Aspen Institute: 5 Facts About the Place Where NPR's Ron Schiller Won't Be Working

By now many people know that Ron Schiller, the public radio executive who called tea party supporters "seriously racist, racist people," is no longer the NPR Foundation's senior vice president for development. However, Schiller had plans to depart NPR before he made those inflammatory remarks; he'd previously accepted a job with the Aspen Institute as director of its arts program and Harman-Eisner Artist-in-Residence Program. Today the institute announced that Schiller would not take the new position after all. In an e-mail to Poynter's Jim Romenesko, an Aspen spokesman said that "in light...

Published: 03/9/11

NPR CEO Vivian Schiller's Ouster May Be Last Straw for Taxpayer Funding

By  Andrea Stone - AOL News
NPR CEO Vivian Schiller's Ouster May Be Last Straw for Taxpayer Funding

WASHINGTON -- Republicans set on eliminating taxpayer funding of public broadcasting would be hard-pressed to write a better script than the recent comedy of errors that reached a dramatic climax today with NPR CEO Vivian Schiller's resignation. The public radio network survived efforts by conservative lawmakers in 1995 and 2005 to cut funding for what they have charged is an elitist mouthpiece for the left. But in the wake of a video sting by a right-wing provocateur that fit perfectly into that image, and in the midst of a debate on Capitol Hill to shrink the federal deficit, NPR's future...

Published: 03/9/11

Vivian Schiller Resigns: 3 NPR Debacles That Forced Her Out

By  Steven Hoffer - AOL News
Vivian Schiller Resigns: 3 NPR Debacles That Forced Her Out

Strike three. Coming off yet another fiasco, NPR's board of directors announced this morning that it has accepted Vivian Schiller's resignation as the organization's president and CEO, effective immediately. "The board accepted her resignation with understanding, genuine regret and great respect for her leadership of NPR these past two years," NPR Board of Directors Chairman Dave Edwards said in a statement. Despite the kind remarks, NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik tweeted that Schiller was forced out by the board: .bbpBox45488128512888830...

Published: 03/9/11

Vivian Schiller: 5 Facts on NPR's Departing CEO

By  Torie Bosch - AOL News
Vivian Schiller: 5 Facts on NPR's Departing CEO

NPR usually just reports the news. But today NPR itself is the hot topic. CEO Vivian Schiller has resigned after NPR was caught up in a sting executed by James O'Keefe, the conservative activist who has made his name by using undercover videos to expose what he considers to be liberal institutions. In a new video, NPR fundraising executive Ronald Schiller (no relation to the now-departed CEO) spoke disdainfully of the Republican Party and the tea party. After her resignation was announced, Vivian Schiller told The New York Times that though she had nothing to do with Ronald Schiller's...

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