NPR's Schiller Says Juan Williams Was Fired Because of Ethics Guidelines

The timing might not have been perfect. But firing Juan Williams was the right decision, the NPR chief executive, Vivian Schiller, said in an interview Friday. Mr. Williams’ dual employment at NPR and Fox News Channel had long been a source of tension Full Story »

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by Fabrice Florin - Oct. 23, 2010

Informative interview with NPR CEO Vivian Schiller on why they fired analyst Juan Williams, following his comments about Muslims on Fox News. This blog post presents NPR's position effectively, and points to a series of incidents leading to this final decision, which she claims was based on ethical grounds. No other sources are cited besides Schiller and Williams, but the story links to other NYT coverage of this controversy.

This interview helped me better understand both sides of the story (see links), as I wasn't aware of prior tensions between NPR and Williams. I still question NPR's judgment and unfortunate timing on this matter, but have a better perspective now on why they did it.

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by Walter Cox - Oct. 23, 2010

A useful story in that it accurately conveys the blindness of top management at NPR. The big problem with this piece is that it quotes Juan Williams entirely out of context, failing even to mention his careful , and lengthy, qualification of the "nervousness" comment. NPR's CEO, Vivian Schiller, is quoted at such length that this omission cannot be forgiven as mere necessary brevity--not balanced journalism on the part of the New York Times.

NPR may be shocked when they realize the impact of their intransigence on fund-driving efforts. Many of those who regularly contribute, like myself, will be withholding our contributions until Juan Williams receives an appropriate apology.

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