NPR put out an additional statement around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
“The comments contained in the video released today are contrary to everything we stand for, and we completely disavow the views expressed. NPR is fair and open minded about the people we cover. Our reporting reflects those values every single day — in the civility of our programming, the range of opinions we reflect and the diversity of stories we tell.”
“The assertion that NPR and public radio stations would be better off without federal funding does not reflect reality. The elimination of federal funding would significantly damage public broadcasting as a whole.”
Ron Schiller was already on his way out of NPR. Now, he’s on administrative leave. The ball, as far as he’s concerned, is in the Aspen Center’s court now.
And NPR should still be stripped of all federal funds. They’re the national equivalent of having a fully tricked out cable package. It’s nice to have when you’re flush with cash, but we’re not, and don’t need the ongoing expense.