The House is poised to vote to strip NPR of federal funds. Public radio has had a rough six months, but it nearly closed for good in 1983.
The ouster of NPR chief Vivian Schiller will probably not quiet conservative outrage unleashed by an uncover video. White House, by contrast, has no plans to alter its funding request for Corporation for Public Broadcasting and NPR.
Vivian Schiller, CEO of NPR, stepped down Wednesday in the wake of a sting video that showed an NPR fundraiser disparaging conservatives. With the Vivian Schiller departure, NPR is left to fight criticism that intolerance is part of its DNA.
Ron Schiller, the executive caught in the hidden-camera sting, says NPR, which gets less than 2 percent of its budget from federal funds, would be 'better off.' But for rural stations, the figure can be 30 percent or higher.
Juan Williams firing: The radio network said in a statement that Senior Vice President for News Ellen Weiss has resigned and NPR's Board off Directors also recommended new internal procedures for handling personnel decisions.
After the firing of senior NPR news analyst Juan Williams in October, Vice President Ellen Weiss resigns without warning.
The NPR Juan Williams affair may not be a real campaign issue, but it has given conservatives the chance to rail against government waste and liberal elitism, favored targets of tea party groups.