National Public Radio President and CEO Vivian Schiller was reportedly forced out by NPR's board of directors in the wake of an embarrassing video sting released yesterday by conservative media stuntman James O'Keefe. Official statement here.
Will this of all things be the dynamite that blows up forcible taxpayer support of public broadcasting? As Jesse Walker wrote in our February issue, we've seen this drama several times before, and the third act always ends in more, not fewer, government strings attached. But if people (including NPR supporters sick and tired of these controversies) are interested in figuring out how to make a post-taxpayer NPR work, click on Walker's whole article for some practical suggestions.
As a friend just IMmed me, "I would actually start giving them money if they'd stop taking it from me." Someone should take up a collection!