Senior Vice President of NPR Ron Schiller met with individuals he believed to be potential donors. However, undercover video was running during his meeting. The following video clips reveal Mr. Schiller’s thoughts regarding NPR’s controversial termination of long time former NPR employee Juan Williams, now a full time contributor for the Fox News Channel.
In the clip below Mr. Schiller describes why NPR believed Mr. Williams “lost all credibility” after the former NPR staffer made remarks about Muslims on the Fox News Channel’s O’Reilly Factor.
“The feeling is, if the person expresses his or her own opinion, which anyone is entitled to do in a free society, they are compromised as a journalist. They can no longer fairly report,” said Mr. Schiller.
“The question we asked internally was ‘Can Juan Williams, when he makes a statement like he made, can he report to the Muslim population, for example, and be believed?’ And the answer is no. He lost all credibility and that breaks your basic ethics as a journalist and NPR is one of the few news organizations left that stands by that kind of code of ethics.”
Mr. Schiller is critical of other news operations in this clip. He says, “I sort of bristle at the idea that these organizations call themselves news because they really are opinion and they don’t pretend to be other than that except they call themselves news.”
In the clip below, Mr. Schiller makes it clear that NPR continues to stand by it’s decision to fire Mr. Williams. He pointed out that NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller [no relation to Ron Schiller] only apologized to Mr. Williams for making a “thoughtless” remark about Mr. Williams keeping his feelings to himself and “his psychiatrist.”