Skip to comments.Email Response From NPR Exec
Posted on 10/25/2010 12:15:52 PM PDT by South40
Late Wednesday evening we gave Juan Williams notice that weve terminated his contract as a Senior News Analyst for NPR News. We didnt make this decision lightly or without regret. Juan has been a valuable contributor to NPR and public radio for many years.
However, his remarks on The OReilly Factor this past Monday violated our ethics guidelines. Unfortunately, this has occurred several times in other media. Our decision to end our contractual relationship with Juan has come after repeated conversations and warnings about some of his public comments. This was a difficult, but principled decision.
Weve been contacted by listeners who have passionately agreed with our decision, as well as those who have disagreed with it, with equal conviction. We hear you both and respect your perspectives. At the same time, we believe that the public is better served by NPR holding firm to the values and standards that have guided us for many years.
As some listeners have also asked for more details about our funding, you can find a detailed overview of our funding on our website in our About section: http://www.npr.org/about/aboutnpr/ Of note, and as is explained in that site, NPR, Inc. has received no direct operating support from the federal government since 1983.
I recognize that this decision has sparked a strong debate in the blogosphere and elsewhere, and that you have a firm position on the matter. While we stand by our policy, we also regret that we were compelled to take the actions that we did.
Dana Davis Rehm
Senior Vice President, Marketing, Communications, and External Relations
That’s one giant release of flatus translated to electronic communications...
By the same standards, Nina Tottenburg should have been fired many times over.
No more tax dollars to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
With other media? What do YOUR ethics guidelines have to do with OTHER media who he works with? Juan needs to sue these bastards.
I believe GM is one of their big supporters
I got one too, after sending them a nasty e-mail about what a loyal listener and dedicated liberal I was who’d never listen to NPR again!
And her name will be the subject of my response.
The tone of arrogance is astounding. While saying they have received letters on both sides of the issue may be true I/we know the overwhelming majority have been critical of their bone-headed decision.
I also got the same reply..they must have done a mass mailing of that message!!
I sent three email over the past week and I received three emails all the same!
I believe for NPR to heal they will have to select a new PRESIDENT/CEO, as for my self I will never again support them...
Of note, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting the shell company that receives the money has a revenue stream of $2.85 BILLION. 40% of that or $1.1 BILLION is TAX revenue.
Much of that went to PBS-TV side of the house but about $25% went to the public radio system. The DIRECT funding is insignificant but the INDIRECT amount isn't. Stop laundering your funds, you're making ENRON look good. And yes I have backup
Notice that the people who agreed PASSIONATELY AGREED while those who disagreed were not so PASSIONATE.
No slant to this article is there?????????????????????????
Apparently their “principles” also involve publicly calling into question the sanity of someone they wrongfully terminated. The NPR CEO is as unprofessional as it gets & she should be terminated, but that won’t happen because their “principles” are trash.
And Juan was the only African American working there. Looks like racial discrimination doesn’t it.
We The People have to ensure that none of us donate to NPR since they claim most of their donations come from the public. Let’s see how many rabid RATs want to pay NPR’s way. They can go suck more out of Soros and CAIR.
As in Animal House, doing Belushi -> cough, cough - bull$h!t !!!!!!
Let them live off Soros without our money.
They have no business getting any taxpayers money.
They claim they are “non-commercial” yet they have commercials on there all the time, cleverly disguised as “Thank-You” Announcements.
Their Obvious bias and agenda-driven politics always show through.
let those who watch it, support it. NO MORE TAXPAYER FUNDING!
You of course realize that these execs are smarter and know more than you and therefore the condescending tone/arrogance can be excused /s
Has anyone looked at some of the comments NPR liberals have made in the past? Comments like wishing death on conservatives and their grandkids, thinking the world would be better if 4 million Christians quit existing... etc. No one got fired for those comments. And if Juan has said he felt a little scared walking around a Tea Party, they would have given him an award.
NPR has shown their true colors - it's time to de-fund the liars.
This statement is disingenuous, at best.
I took a quick review of the financial statements of Corporation For Public Broadcasting (CPB), NPR and one local station, WOSU.
My quick review (info. subject to change) is that the CPB received most all of its $484 million in revenue from the Feds in 2009.
CPB paid all of the $484 million to local stations or for programming seen on local stations such as WOSU.
WOSU received approximately $1.9 million in 2009 from CBC (mostly) and other Federal grants (much smaller amount). State and local governments contributed $1.1 million and I assume this is mostly from Ohio State University. NPR received $65 million from member stations, such as WOSU, in 2009. Also, NPR received about $15 million from CPB and may have received more from the local stations, but I cannot immediately tell from the financial statements.
So, what does this mean:
Even though money is fungible and cannot be traced directly, it is clear that money from the Feds flows through CPB, money flows to local stations and NPR from CPB, and money flows from local stations to NPR.
It is an incestuous relationship and any claim by NPR that they do not receive Federal money is trumped by the fact that they receive the benefit of money from the Feds that flows through CPB and the local stations. Further, NPR would not exist but for the money pumped into these organizations by the government.
The Federal government under the Roosevelt Administration allocated 88.1 megahertz to 91.9 megahertz to non-profit broadcasting. This spectrum was deliberately removed from visibly commercial use. Radio stations broadcasting in this spectrum may not sell advertising time.
These stations were not worth much money until the 1960s, when Japanese transistor radios got cheap enough to create a large audience for FM radio. FM signals are cleaner than AM radio. They are high fidelity. They soon became stereo.
Any station operating in this spectrum receives a subsidy. The value of this subsidy is whatever money the station would bring at an open auction. If these frequencies were sold off, once and for all, to investors, not one of these stations would be able to buy back its frequency. Commercial stations that most people want to listen to would buy them.
These stations are used mainly by college radio stations and Christian stations. At least one college station in every region broadcasts NPR in the afternoon.
The only way that NPR stays on the air is through this ancient subsidy. Without it, NPR would go off the air. For good.
Yes, you will, and you don't get a choice about it. They get taxpayer dollars.
Yes, their ideas are right out of the sewer of radicals.
They are unAmercian Freudian-Marxists by ALL dictionary standards and it is imperative that we end their monopoly on the PC—allowed speech which they have impose on our airwaves and at all public-funded universities and schools and many foundations, including most media.
The people have to demand all these organizations quit the brainwashing and the lying and suppression of truth and the ban on idea of God-given rights in the public square.
Aggressively defensive, imo.
Beyond defunding CPB/NPR: I believe they are specially chartered by Congress as the ‘national’ communications network. It’s the same sort of thing that major league baseball enjoys. That charter should be revoked. Perhaps they could rename the entities “Soros Communications.”
but they will never see a donation from my check book
I don't think liberals would like it if Rush was put in charge of NPR and folks were fired for saying something liberal.
Thanks for posting the truth...
The airways should not be allowed to “brainwash” and lie. Ideas have to based in truth—yes, opinions are always allowed—but the left is forcing people who have opinions like Dr. Laura to be destroyed and silenced. They are trying to silence Beck and have silenced Wilders and Savage in some areas. The Constitution DEFENDS the freedom of speech no matter how obnoxious.
This control should never be allowed in a free society. The left is silencing too many people on college campuses and in the media, if they don’t like the message, no matter if it is the truth. On PC campuses they have no tolerance of Christian ideas and accept and allow obscenities and debased plays. Obscenity was never given a platform by the Founders. We saw government controlled media in action with Juan Williams. Free Press is the No.1 necessity for a free America.
Government controlled media should NEVER be allowed. It is only agitprop for the elites in government and can be used against the people. The power of the media to form ideas is very dangerous to a Republic when the elites in charge are corrupt which power tends to always do.
Juan should sue, then during Dicovery have NPR release ALL the letters asking for ‘permission’, if any.
This was taken from the very link she provided regarding federal funding which, as you can see above, she *claims* they do not recieive.
NPR is NOT the local member stations and so Schiller’s fudge isn’t technically false. Keep in mind NPR doesn’t broadcast. They are a producer and distributor of programs. They are separate entities and so NPR is correct in a very narrow and disingenuous sense. It’s a shell game.
The reality is they are one and the same to the average listener.
NPRs [spokeswoman Dana Davis] Rehm warned that if Congress cut off funding, stations across the country would be hurt by that and would have to make up that balance elsewhere. In many places that would be difficult to do.
She said that threats to cut off funding are inappropriate but that NPR takes them seriously and is talking with its member stations. Stations as a whole are not happy this is happening at this time, she said. Theyre in a difficult situation.
I know how liberals love to parse words. But I told her I supported the defunding. She responded by saying they don't get and simultaneously released a statement condemning the idea of defunding. That was not parsing words, it was a lie.
Ir Rush had lied this outrageously, it would be in every newspaper... tomorrow.
That said, NPR needs to be de-funded. It's outrageous that in this day and age they would be receiving tax dollars when there's thousands of media outlets. Why one political party would be able to control the content of 'public' radio and TV is beyond me...
Juan’s better off. Now he has experienced the hypocrisy of the rabid left. He will distance himself and play out a nice spot at FNC and make buckets of money for this...the wonderful result of the remaining free market.
What has and is happening is exactly what should happen!
As have many leftists who like him. I know many liberals who are not happy with his firing. It's always good to see rats turn on each other. :-)
If Rush had lied this outrageously, they'd be breaking into Monday Night Football to announce it.
I agree with you in theory about the people having freedom and the right to voice opinion, I am just saying that there is no right to tell lies, whether it is slander or other vicious lies that attempt to discredit anyone or any organization or distance one from statements, if those statements were truly made.
Free speech has always had limits.
Started laughing when I read your comment - then felt a rush of pain as I realized you might be right...
It's time to de-fund NPR.
Bull. It's all about one thing and one thing only:
They HATE it. They HATE, HATE, HATE, HATE, HATE "FAUX" NEWS!
I have never seen so MUCH displaced anger against one television network as I have seen from Leftists regarding Fox News. It is pathological. That's right; insane.
I'm trying to figure out why. Fox has so many liberals on it: Geraldo Riveria, Greta Van Sustern, Shep Smith, Bob Betchel, Alan Colmes, Juan Williams, Mara Liasson, Kristen Powers... The number of liberals is as long as the number of conservatives!!!!
Is their outrage based on Fox calling itself "Fair and Balanced", as it illustrates how ALL THE OTHERS are NOT?
(Rhetorical question that has "Yes!" as the obvious answer.)
But seriously folks, they HATE Fox News and they HATE Fox News Viewers. They want the dumb hicks watching Fox to die. Since they don't have the power to do that, they took it out on Juan.
True...any backing from Government ends up making that speech propaganda.