Friday, October 22, 2010
NPR Follow-Up Follies
Schiller, Weiss, and Saperstein
JUAN IS STILL WONDERING, "WHY"? Chalk another astute question up to Mrs. IP. She was curious about who the two NPR execs most involved in the Juan Williams firing are. The information is readily available, but where in all the columns about that affair have you been informed of these bald facts?
CEO Vivian Schiller (the one who suggested Juan Williams needed a psychiatrist):
Vivian Schiller is the daughter of Ronald Schiller, a former editor at Reader's Digest, and Lillian Schiller of Larchmont, New York. She graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor's degree in Russian studies and Soviet studies, and a Master's degree in Russian from Middlebury College.
Prior to leading NPR, Schiller was a senior vice president of NYTimes.com. She was the first general manager of Discovery Times Channel (now Investigation Discovery), from 2002 - 2006.
I won't make the obvious joke about National Pravda Radio, because dozens of people should already have explored all the possible punchlines.
VP Ellen Weiss (the one who did the actually firing, by telephone):
The VP of the News Division, Ellen Weiss, is a graduate of Smith College and is married to a rabbi.
Her husband is a rabbi? Well, sort of:
David Saperstein is a rabbi, lawyer, and Jewish community leader. He has served as the director and chief legal counsel at the Union for Reform Judaism's Religious Action Center for more than 30 years. Saperstein succeeded Rabbi Richard G. Hirsch as leader of the Washington D.C.-based political lobbying arm of the North American Reform movement. There, he advocates on a broad range of social justice issues. He directs a staff who provide extensive legislative and programmatic materials to synagogues, federations and Jewish Community Relations Councils nationwide, coordinating social action education programs that train nearly 3,000 Jewish adults, youth, rabbinic and lay leaders each year.
He currently co-chairs the Coalition to Preserve Religious Liberty, and serves on the boards of the NAACP and People For the American Way. In 1999, Saperstein was elected as the first Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
On August 28, 2008, Saperstein delivered the invocation at the Democratic National Convention's final session, before Senator Barack Obama accepted the party's nomination for president.
Saperstein lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, National Public Radio vice president for news Ellen Weiss. They have two sons. [boldface mine].
You know, you really couldn't make this stuff up. Hidden agendas? Conflicts of interest? Radical leftism parading as objective journalism? Don't be ridiculous. (Speaking of ridiculous, love the pretentious eyeglasses perched on big brainy forehead look btw.) So why are you hearing it here first? Who are we all afraid of offending this time? CAIR? Or those who have a vested interest in whoring for CAIR? You tell me.
And I really really hope you can wake up and smell the coffee, Juan.