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NPR’s Weiss Resigns After Juan Williams Firing

Wife of Reform leader steps down following review

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The NPR building in Washington, D.c.(Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Ellen Weiss, the senior vice president for news at NPR, resigned—almost certainly not voluntarily, as James Fallows notes in an excellent write-up—following an independent review of the public radio station’s decision to fire news analyst Juan Williams after he said, on Fox News, “When I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.” Weiss was extremely popular at NPR, and had worked there for nearly three decades. She is also the wife of Rabbi David Saperstein, head of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism—he is essentially the leading political voice for the Reform Movement in America.

Can probably file this under trying to right a wrong with another wrong.

Review of Juan Williams’ Firing Done; NPR News Exec Resigns [NPR]
Ellen Weiss Out at NPR (Juan Williams Aftereffects) [James Fallows]

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dani levi says:

NPR dropped the ball on W Bush, never calling him out in eight years of misery. They dropped the ball on the impending economic crash which caused about 30% of the real estate worth to evaporate ( NO story here!! ). NPR is basically nice good white infotainment, to keep the nation abreast in mediocracy and for college educated career chicks and their starbucks coffee holder car journeys. It is a feel good station with a-don’t- rock-the-boat attitude. It is spineless “journalism” that gives anarchists like Julian Assange the stage he needs. Frankly, I’d rather read Tablet or ZEEK.
Instead of declaring PC jihad against Williams it would have been great to have a live debate on his thoughts WITH the man.
If you dress like its Kandahar at LAX are we seriously surprised that people look twice? In London the police is out in force because they fear ‘ Mumbai style ‘ attacks. But HEY, let’s all make like 9/11 never happened….up next Car Talk…….” my f’ing car door squeeks, is that because I am using Israeli olive oil? “……..bla bla bla….

dani levi says:

while I am at it. the real estate crash was a loooong time coming. Many “experts” talked about this, wrote books about, the banks knew it was coming. The writing was on the wall. NPR never got a handle on this MONSTER of stories, the story that will shape the USA for a decade or two or maybe forever. I stopped listening to NPR after the crash.

Daniel says:

Don’t see how its wrong to let Ms. Weiss go. In firing Juan Williams she essentially proved, and became a symbol of, the longtime conservative critique of NPR – that there is no room for representation of any view other than those that fall between very liberal to leftist. There is no way that someone who demonstrated so little tolerance of a different viewpoint could remain on top of a news organization and have that organization remain credible as impartial, or at least representing a semi-diverse range of views. So why do you say (but not explain, it was wrong to have her resign?
As to the commenter who said they did not call out Bush, I listened to NPR on and off for years, and heard dozens of critical comments and “man-on-the-street” on Bush and his policies. But never, not once, a positive report in the run up to the Iraq war or anytime after. Perhaps I missed them – Do you have any examples you could point?

dani levi says:

how can I point to something they never broadcast? It was the lack of in depth coverage about what W stands for culturally/socially/spiritually and how he frankly lied his way, not alone!!, through eight years of insanity and started a war of aggression which in my mind makes him a war criminal. Why did the USA invade Iraq? Who okayed this? Talk of the Nation? some more coffee Dear? the whipped cream is very tasty today……aaaaaand Car Talk……maybe they should have had a Tank Talk, live from Mosul with some “heros”.

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