With NPR CEO Vivian Schiller out, fund-raising chief Ron Schiller resigned from both his old and new jobs and the James O’Keefe-masterminded sting gaining the media scandal status of a “gate,” the question is just how much more fuel can be fed into this controversy.
Today, it came in the form of another video, this one focusing on Ron Schiller’s aide Betsy Liley, who talks at length with a man posing as the rep of a Muslim organization who wants to give a donation anonymously.
NPR again found itself doing damage control to Liley’s suggestion that the donor could shield the contribution from the government.
“The statement made by Betsy Liley in the audiotapes released today regarding the possibility of making an anonymous gift that would remain invisible to tax authorities is factually inaccurate and not reflective of NPR’s gift practices.
“All donations — anonymous and named — are fully reported to the IRS. NPR complies with all financial, tax and disclosure regulations.
“Through unequivocal words and actions, NPR has renounced and condemned the secretly recorded statements of Ron Schiller and Betsy Liley. Mr. Schiller is no longer with NPR and Ms. Liley has been placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation of the matter.
“No stronger statement of disavowal and disapproval is possible. NPR will not be deterred from its news mission and will ultimately be judged by the millions and millions of listeners and readers who have come to rely on us every day.”
This afternoon, NPR released copies of emails between NPR reps and the fictitious Muslim organization. In one, Vivian Schiller informs them that NPR would have to report the donation and the charity’s name to the IRS.
NPR’s emails are here.