*In an interview with The Huffington Post, Juan Williams called out NPR as an “all-white organization” that exhibited the “worst of white condescension” in its handling of his firing last year.
The interview was conducted before the most recent controversy surrounding an NPR executive’s comments about the tea party, and CEO Vivian Schiller’s decision to step down in its wake.
Williams blasted the organization for its treatment of him, stating, “I think when it comes to NPR’s decision to, without any reason, throw me out the door, I think that for them, especially for some of the people who created NPR, it’s an all-white operation.”
He added that he thought NPR “felt they had never had much success” with black or Hispanic journalists, and that they had had “more success with white women.”
Click here to watch the interview.
Vivian Schiller resigned from NPR on Wednesday after the former head of NPR’s fundraising arm said in a surreptitiously recorded video by a conservative activist that members of the tea party movement are xenophobic and racist and that NPR would prefer to do without subsidies provided by the federal government. [Scroll down to watch video.]
In the video, released Tuesday morning by conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe (the man behind the hidden videos that brought down ACORN), NPR executive Ron Schiller disparages conservatives in general and tea party members in particular, saying that some of its followers are part of an “anti-intellectual” movement.
By the end of the day, Schiller, who had been planning to leave in May as head of the NPR Foundation, issued an apology for his remarks and agreed to resign immediately.
Schiller and another NPR fundraiser, Betsy Liley, believed that that two of O’Keefe’s operatives were representatives of a Muslim philanthropy. The video was shot at Cafe Milano in Georgetown during a lunch meeting set up to discuss a $5 million contribution to NPR by the equally fictitious Muslim Education Action Center, which one of the men tells the NPR executives is connected with the Muslim Brotherhood.
On the video, Schiller says: “The tea party is fanatically involved in people’s personal lives and very fundamental Christian – I wouldn’t even call it Christian. It’s this weird evangelical kind of movement.”
He adds that “tea party people” aren’t “just Islamophobic, but really xenophobic, I mean basically they are, they believe in sort of white, middle-America gun-toting. I mean, it’s scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people.”
He goes on to say that NPR “would be better off in the long run without federal funding.”