March 8, 2011
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Dana Davis Rehm, NPR


   

UPDATED NPR STATEMENT REGARDING VIDEO
March 8, 2011, 5:30PM (ET)

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.

Prior to the lunch meeting presented in the edited video, Ron Schiller had informed NPR that he was resigning from his position to take a new job. His resignation was announced publicly last week, and he was expected to depart in May. While we review this situation, he has been placed on administrative leave.

Note: This statement may be attributed to NPR spokeswoman Dana Davis Rehm, SVP of Marketing, Communications & External Relations.