WASHINGTON -- The chief executive of NPR, Vivian Schiller, has resigned following tumult over comments made by a National Public Radio executive about the "tea party." NPR made the announcement yesterday.
David Folkenflik, NPR's media correspondent, reported that Schiller was pushed out by the board.
A video featuring former NPR executive Ron Schiller (no relation) came to light Tuesday. In the video, the work of conservative activist James O'Keefe, Schiller is heard demeaning tea party supporters as racists and "gun-toting" Christian fundamentalists who had "hijacked" the Republican Party. Schiller also said that NPR would be "better off in the long run" without federal support.
NPR is embroiled in a battle on Capitol Hill with Republicans who want to eliminate all federal funding for the publicly supported media network.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Tuesday that the video "clearly highlights the fact that public broadcasting doesn't need taxpayer funding to thrive, and I hope that admission will lead to a bipartisan consensus to end these unnecessary federal subsidies."
The video was part of a "sting" in which two men posed as members of the "Muslim Action Education Center," a fictitious organization the men claimed had ties to the "Muslim Brotherhood of America."