NPR’s C.E.O. Apologizes for Handling of Williams Episode

October 25, 2010  |  

(New York Times) — In the latest dispatch from the war between Juan Williams and NPR, Vivian Schiller, its chief executive, apologized to her colleagues for how she handled Mr. Williams’s firing for remarks he made about Muslims. But she did not apologize for the firing itself.  “While we stand firmly behind that decision, I regret that we did not take the time to prepare our program partners and provide you with the tools to cope with the fallout from this episode,” Ms. Schiller said in a statement released Sunday evening, first reported on Politico’s Web site. Mr. Williams’s firing prompted an outcry from his conservative supporters, many of whom have framed the firing as a First Amendment issue. Ms. Schiller has vigorously denied that accusation.

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