This morning's announcement that Vivian Schiller would be leaving NPR (with a nudge from the board) has generated a cascade of responses. I'll round up a few here as part of my ongoing series tracking the defunding debate, and then will check back in a few days to see how the conversation has shifted:
- NPR's Ombudsman will be chatting live at the Washington Post site at 1:30 EST. Follow NPR's own breaking coverage of the story here.
- The Daily Caller reports on Tea Party leaders' reactions to Ron Schiller's comments, and associated activism
- The New York Times' Media Decoder blog catches Vivian Schiller's response to the board's decision. “I’m hopeful that my departure from NPR will have the intended effect of easing the defunding pressure on public broadcasting,” she said.
- Scott Rosenberg writes about what NPR's response reveals about "sting culture": "Just as the White House dumped Shirley Sherrod the moment Andrew Breitbart’s doctored video of her supposedly damning admission of racism surfaced, NPR’s board chose not only not to fight but to cave in immediately to O’Keefe’s tactics. By not fighting back, NPR has invited an open season on truth, and ushered us into a new age of mistrust."
- Jeff Jarvis reflects on the escalating tension between NPR and local stations: "Bottom line: The stations’ interests and NPR’s interests are no longer aligned....Schiller tried hard to find ways to improve the stations’ lot. That’s why she created new content initiatives in their backyards, to have them create more value. But in the end, the stations will fear a stronger NPR."
- Jay Rosen is keeping up a running stream of commentary on Twitter—follow it here.
- Wonkette inserts some snark into the mix with a piece titled "Tea Party Racists Will All Start Listening to NPR Now"
- "It's time for a full-scale review and conversation as to how we feel about hidden cameras and tape recorders," suggests Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawick.
- Poynter tracks Twitter responses from NPR listeners here
More to come.