Hugh Hewitt

On Thursday NPR released the results of its internal review of the firing of Juan Williams. A New York law firm pronounced --surprise-- that the taxpayer-funded radio network's actions had been "legal." The sole casualty was the network's head of news, Ellen Weiss, tossed under the bus and off the payroll. NPR's CEO Vivian Schiller lost her 2010 bonus as a sort of make-weight to a hilarious episode in faux corporate governance.

Read all of NPR's own reporting on the shakeup at HQ, including this wonderful takeaway at the very end of the piece: '[Weiss] will be replaced temporarily by Margaret Low Smith, NPR's vice president for programming. The two executives joined NPR on the same week in 1982."

Change is in the air, eh?

NPR is a hard-left organization run by hard-left ideolouges who haven't changed their tone or core political beliefs in more than thirty years, though I confess surprise that the head of news and the head of programming are both veterans of the early anti-Reagan years. Those two with Nina "forgive-the-expression" Totenberg must make up the longest serving triumverate of the left in a major news organization, and between them have worked out the party line response to five presidents and countless crucial national events.

This "shake-up" is a desperate attempt to try and hold off the defunding demands that surged in the aftermath of the PC police's slams at Williams last year. Suddenly, with a clarity that is rarely achieved, a massive number of people said at once "We are paying for this?" At first NPR tried to respond with claims of consistent application of standards, an effort which fell apart immediately. Then defenders of state-sponsored propaganda from the left fell back to the "It isn't that much money," and now they are offering up human sacrifices to the Beltway gods of the appropriations committees. The bell is tolling for the left's breakfast club. The View is so low brow. What will they do without the bits of classical music interspersed with the reporting, telegraphing intellectual and cultural superiority.

The next flailing gesture will be a very interesting one as a new panel is to be established comprised of NPR insiders, "respected journalists and others outside of NPR." This panel is going to look at the ethics of the NPR operation.


Hugh Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt is host of a nationally syndicated radio talk show. Hugh Hewitt's new book is The War On The West.