Ex-NPR Chief Vivian Schiller: 'Very Difficult Time' For Public Radio
April 6, 2011 at 4:20 AM (PT)
Former NPR CEO VIVIAN SCHILLER said TUESDAY that she expects the House move to defund NPR wil be derailed in the Senate, but that the Republican majority in the House has made this "a very difficult time with an incredible amount of scrutiny in what we (NPR) do." THE HILL reports that SCHILLER told an audience at the PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA in NEW YORK, "I don't think federal dollars are going to go away for public broadcasting," but there could be some cuts.
In her remarks, SCHILLER admitted that the firing of commentator JUAN WILLIAMS for his comments on FOX NEWS CHANNEL regarding Muslims could have been handled better, saying, "As the CEO of an organization, you're ultimately responsible for everything, and I understand the way the world works."
SCHILLER, reports FOX NEWS, also took a shot at the guerrilla undercover video sting of NPR executives by conservative prankster JAMES O'KEEFE, saying, "it's an abomination. I mean, this kind of tactic -- for somebody to attach the word, some are calling this a form of journalism, this is not journalism. You don't ensnare people; you don't entrap people with hidden cameras; you don't pretend to be somebody who you're not. This is, I don't know what this is, but it's got nothing to do with anything that resembles the journalism that I know. And it's very troubling ... I think that now everybody that I have talked to in the media is on the lookout thinking, 'Who's next? Are we next?' And I worry about how that will have an impact on people's behavior because they are in fear that every conversation, everything they do might be, you know, not what it appears to be. It's terrifying."