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Juan Williams Fallout

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NPR just released two statements — one on the completion of an independent review of the dismissal of news analyst Juan Williams and another on the resignation of Senior Vice President for News Ellen Weiss:

"Washington, DC January 6, 2011 — The NPR Board of Directors announced today that it has completed its review into the facts and circumstances leading to the termination of NPR's contract with senior news analyst Juan Williams. The review also included an examination of how other NPR analysts and correspondents have been treated under the NPR Ethics Code with respect to on-air comments. The independent members of NPR's Board (the “Board”) worked with outside legal counsel, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (“Weil”), to gather information related to the contract termination.

"In light of the review and feedback provided to them, the Board has adopted recommendations and remedial measures designed to address issues that surfaced with the review. The recommendations and remedial measures range from new internal procedures concerning personnel and on air-talent decisions to taking appropriate disciplinary action with respect to certain management employees involved in the termination. Some of these changes have already been made and others are in process. Specifically, the Board adopted recommendations that NPR:

"— Establish a committee comprised of NPR personnel, respected journalists, and others from outside NPR to review and update NPR’s current Ethics Code (the “Code”).

"— Develop policies and procedures to ensure consistent application of and training on the Code to all employees and contractors.

"— Review and update policies/training with respect to the role of NPR journalists appearing on other media outlets to ensure that they understand the applicability of the Ethics Code to their work and to facilitate equitable and consistent application of the Code.

"— Review and define the roles of NPR journalists (including news analysts) to address a changing news environment in which such individuals have a myriad of outlets and new platforms for their talent, balancing the opportunities presented by such outlets and platforms with the potential for conflicts of interest that may compromise NPR’s mission.

"— Ensure that its practices encourage a broad range of viewpoints to assist its decision-making, support its mission, and reflect the diversity of its national audiences. The Human Resources Committee of the Board is working in conjunction with key members of NPR management on this issue.

"— Williams' contract was terminated in accordance with its terms. The contract gave both parties the right to terminate on 30 days’ notice for any reason. The facts gathered during the review revealed that the termination was not the result of special interest group or donor pressure. However, because of concerns regarding the speed and handling of the termination process, the Board additionally recommended that certain actions be taken with regard to management involved in Williams’ contract termination.

"The Board has expressed confidence in Vivian Schiller's leadership going forward. She accepted responsibility as CEO and cooperated fully with the review process. The Board, however, expressed concern over her role in the termination process and has voted that she will not receive a 2010 bonus.

"NPR also announced that Ellen Weiss, Senior Vice-President for News, has resigned.

" 'We have taken this situation very seriously and the Board believes these recommendations and remedial steps address the concerns raised in connection with the termination of Williams’ contract,' said Dave Edwards, Chair. 'The Board regrets this incident’s impact on NPR and will work with NPR’s CEO, Vivian Schiller, to ensure that these actions will be expeditiously completed, examined, and monitored on an ongoing basis.'

"In conducting the review, Weil gathered thousands of documents from various sources and interviewed many current and former NPR employees and contractors. Weil requested Williams’ participation in the review through both his agent and a former NPR colleague. Unfortunately, these efforts were unsuccessful and Williams was not interviewed.

"The Ad Hoc Committee and the non-management members of the Board met on multiple occasions and deliberated on the information provided to them. Weil reported to an Ad Hoc Committee of the NPR Board consisting of Dave Edwards (Chair of the Board), Howard Stevenson (Immediate Past Chair), and Carol Cartwright (Vice-Chair)."

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Asked by gdiamante at 2:06 PM on Jan. 6, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • So Juan was dismissed in accordance to the terms of his contract BUT " The Board, however, expressed concern over her role in the termination process and has voted that she will not receive a 2010 bonus"... AND Ellen Weiss, Senior Vice-President for News, has resigned.......


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:33 PM on Jan. 6, 2011

  • I had thought Wiliams had come up with a creative way of getting out of his contract, but I see he had a 30-day "out." That's actually unusual in broadcast. So much for my theory, though!

    Of course, being fired and walking right into a better-paying job is also unusual.

    Comment by gdiamante (original poster) at 2:56 PM on Jan. 6, 2011

  • Of course, being fired and walking right into a better-paying job is also unusual.
    **Not Unusual.
    Are you saying he made his statement about Muslims on purpose to get fired? who would want to offend Peace Loving Muslims THESE DAYS on purpose?

    Answer by jewjewbee at 3:06 PM on Jan. 6, 2011

  • jjb, what terrorist would be stupid enough to wear "please strip search me right now" clothes on an airplane?

    Comment by gdiamante (original poster) at 3:15 PM on Jan. 6, 2011

  • after Juan got fired his eyes were opened on how "fair and understanding his side was" hahaha, and i think that is great!

    anything that wakes up the left is okay with me!!

    Answer by gammie at 3:33 PM on Jan. 6, 2011

  • Karma.....

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 5:00 PM on Jan. 6, 2011

  • He who laughs last, laughs best!! :o)


    Answer by LoriKeet at 7:21 PM on Jan. 6, 2011

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