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Talking Points Memo: NPR Puts Ron Schiller On Ice After James O'Keefe Video
March 8, 2011- NPR is still managing the fallout from a hidden camera prank by James O'Keefe's Project Veritas, but the station is making it clear they're not happy with the executive caught on film, NPR Foundation president Ron Schiller.
According to NPR spokeswoman Dana Davis Rehm, Schiller has been placed on administrative leave in response to the incident. She added in an e-mailed statement that his already-announced decision to leave NPR for a job at the Aspen Institute was unrelated to the O'Keefe video and that the public broadcaster had been informed of the move before the fateful lunch meeting with a fake Muslim group.
"His resignation was announced publicly last week, and he was expected to depart in May," Rehm said. "While we review this situation, he has been placed on administrative leave."
Rehm also distanced the news organization from Schiller's filmed statements, which included his assertion that the Tea Party was made up of "seriously, seriously racist people." He also remained silent while actors posing as prospective donors described a Jewish conspiracy to control the media. This was the second time today NPR condemned Schiller's remarks, putting out a statement earlier saying the organization was "appalled" by his conduct in the video.
"The comments contained in the video released today are contrary to everything we stand for, and we completely disavow the views expressed," Rehm said. "NPR is fair and open minded about the people we cover. Our reporting reflects those values every single day - in the civility of our programming, the range of opinions we reflect and the diversity of stories we tell."