December 2, 2004 |
FRANK RIZZO used to say, "Never write a letter, and never throw one away. " He was not a man of the voice mail or e-mail era, but the Rizzo Rule is still good. It was violated big-time last week when a twentysomething woman left this message at the office of a conservative Web site: "Hi, my name is Rachel, and my telephone number is ----. I wanted to tell you that you're evil, horrible people. You're awful people. You represent horrible ideas. God hates you and he wants to kill your children.
April 13, 2006 |
The Philadelphia Orchestra is returning to national radio in a deal with National Public Radio, the orchestra announced yesterday, restoring a part of its profile beyond its own backyard. Performances will not be live; they will be culled from concerts during the course of this season in Verizon Hall, airing in two formats on two NPR radio shows, SymphonyCast and Performance Today. The orchestra's first appearance on Performance Today will be tonight in some markets and on WHYY's high-definition-radio service and Web site.
October 26, 2010
ISHOULD have been gleeful when NPR fired Juan Williams. He not only insulted me personally by taking a verbal swipe at the cultural attire worn by Muslims when he admitted that he "gets nervous and worried" when he's "on a plane with people who are wearing Islamic garb," but he also offended millions of other Muslims like me who pray five times daily to Allah. Shame on him for stoking the flames of fear that continue to spread throughout the Western world against Muslims who aren't responsible for the horrendous acts of terrorism committed by a few fanatics.
March 18, 2011 |
THE HOUSE of Representatives voted yesterday to end federal funding to National Public Radio. Republican supporters said it made good fiscal sense. Democratic opponents called it an ideological attack that would deprive local stations, especially rural ones, of access to programs such as "Car Talk," "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition. " The bill passed along mostly partisan lines. The prospects of support in the Senate are slim, so this may be a lot of yammering about nothing.
October 22, 2010 |
National Public Radio fired senior news analyst Juan Williams yesterday. The sacking followed comments by Williams on Bill O'Reilly 's show on Fox News (Williams is a frequent contributor on Fox). He told O'Reilly, "When I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they're identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous. " Commenting on convicted Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad , Williams also said, "He said the war with Muslims, America's war is just beginning, first drop of blood.
June 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - NPR's gleaming new headquarters building in the shadow of the Capitol in Washington has soaring ceilings, a 24-hour "wellness" center, an employee gym, and a gourmet cafe staffed by a resident chef. This, as it turns out, could be a political problem. Open since April, NPR showed off the 400,000-square-foot complex to members of the media last week. It immediately began drawing some grumbles from those who see the edifice as far too luxe for a nonprofit radio and digital-news organization that depends, in part, on taxpayer support.
March 9, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - NPR president and CEO Vivian Schiller has resigned in the wake of comments by a fellow executive that angered conservatives and renewed calls to end federal funding for public broadcasting. The chairman of NPR's board of directors announced Wednesday morning that he has accepted Schiller's resignation, effective immediately. NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik said in a tweet that Schiller was forced out by the board. A hidden-camera video of an NPR executive calling the tea party racist and saying the network would be better off without federal money has led to that executive's immediate resignation.
October 22, 2010
WHEN I first met him, Juan Williams was maybe 19 or 20, a student at Haverford College and an intern at the old Philadelphia Bulletin. At a glance, he was indistinguishable from a lot of college kids. He was studious, articulate and seemed to fit in at the small, elite suburban campus. But he was cut from a different cloth. He grew up in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant section, went to Haverford on a scholarship. His parents were hardworking, blue-collar workers from Panama.
October 22, 2010 |
IT'S ALWAYS troublesome when someone who gets paid for speaking his mind gets fired for speaking his mind, so it's especially troublesome that NPR chose to fire longtime commentator Juan Williams . Yes, Williams' comment that he gets nervous every time he sees a Muslim on a plane was bigoted - and the fact that millions of Americans may agree with him doesn't make it less so - but NPR has chosen to employ him for 10 years because it seemingly valued...
November 30, 2004 |
National Public Radio, which already lost veteran newsman Bob Edwards to satellite radio, is going to lose Los Angeles-based newsmagazine host Tavis Smiley, too. In an e-mail sent yesterday to undisclosed recipients and posted on Jim Romenesko's media page on the Poynter Institute Web site (http://poynter.org), Smiley says he won't renew his contract with NPR, making the Dec. 16 edition of The Tavis Smiley Show his last. His show is on 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays on WHYY-FM (90.9)