Vivian Schiller, the chief executive of NPR, resigned from her post Wednesday, one day after another NPR exec was caught on video bashing the Tea Party and making other remarks that could embarrass NPR, The Washington Post reported.
Schiller’s resignation is effective immediately and she will be replaced on an interim basis by NPR’s senior VP of legal affairs, Joyce Slocum.
The video, made secretly by conservative activist James O’Keefe, shows NPR Foundation President Ron Schiller–no relation to Vivian Schiller–calling Republicans and Tea Party followers “racist,” the story says. Ron Schiller also says NPR would rather get by without federal subsidies–this at a time when Congress is busy debating whether to continue to fund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which in turn funds public radio and TV stations.
NPR Board Chairman Dave Edwards said in a statement: "The Board accepted Vivian’s resignation with understanding, genuine regret and great respect for her leadership of NPR these past two years." But sources close to NPR said board members and officials of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting asked Vivian Schiller for her resignation following the video incident.
Ron Schiller resigned from NPR Tuesday night, soon after the video surfaced.