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Is There Another Reason Vivian Schiller Was Ousted from NPR?

As John noted earlier today, NPR chief executive Vivian Schiller resigned her position this morning. It was widely assumed that she left because yesterday’s video sting was the second major controversy (after the Juan Williams firing) to occur at NPR under her watch.

But there may be a more pressing reason for her sudden departure, as well as an explanation for why ousted NPR fundraiser Ron Schiller prematurely resigned from a position he was about to take at the Aspen Institute. Newsmax spoke to the filmmaker behind the video sting, James O’Keefe, who told the magazine that he has even more damaging footage on NPR that’s about to drop:

There’s more video where that came from, says James O’Keefe, the muckraking activist behind TheProjectVeritas.org. The controversial video-sting impresario tells Newsmax that he’s prepared to release yet more embarrassing revelations about NPR, but first he wants to gauge NPR’s reaction to the bomb he dropped Tuesday.

In an exclusive Newsmax interview, O’Keefe says he’s waiting to see whether NPR comes clean “about what is going on” before he doles out more video. …

“We’re not done releasing footage,” O’Keefe told Newsmax in an exclusive interview Tuesday. “We have more investigative material that we’re going to release.

Could this just be bluster to keep the NPR executives off-balance? That’s possible — but it’s also characteristic of O’Keefe to release footage slowly, like he did with his ACORN sting tapes. NPR could have kept Vivian Schiller on board after the first video; but if there’s even more detrimental footage floating around, then the organization would have had no choice but to oust her immediately.



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