We appreciate you contacting us with your concerns. Much has been said about the termination of Juan Williams’ contract at NPR, and we recognize that there are strong feelings on all sides. We encourage you to read any of the numerous related articles and postings at NPR.org. This article in particular may be of interest:
We would also like to respond to your concerns regarding the video released by James O’Keefe. From the beginning, it was obvious to NPR’s management and Board of Directors that the video was heavily edited and that O’Keefe’s goal was to discredit and undermine NPR. NPR management spoke to the NPR fundraiser featured in the video prior to issuing a statement, and he acknowledged that he had made sweeping comments contrary to NPR’s values and beliefs that were not distorted or fundamentally misrepresented. He apologized for them that day. NPR and the fundraiser agreed that he could no longer successfully represent NPR. He had previously resigned, and the effective date of his resignation was moved up.
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