President Obama called David Broder a “true giant of journalism” who “built a well-deserved reputation as the most respected and incisive political commentator of his generation.” Broder, 81, died on Wednesday. A longtime fixture at the Washington Post, he was known as the dean of the Washington press corps and a familiar TV face as commentator on Sunday morning public affairs shows. The Washington Post obit is here.
More NPR Fallout: The NPR ombudsman says that “instead of being a “savior,” [Ron] Schiller might well have put a stake through NPR and public radio’s financial hearts. She writes that the “dumbest” thing he said was in talking about the “uneducated” part of the country, i.e. conservatives. He clarified those comments, but ombudsman Alicia Shepard writes, “One has to wonder why NPR’s head of development and another senior staffer would meet with a prospective donor who had no history of philanthropy and nothing more than a phony web site as credentials. Don’t they research potential donors?
“People at NPR yesterday were angry and dazed by this episode, which is just the latest in a series of events that put the company in the worst possible light. Doesn’t anyone in NPR’s top management think of the consequences before they act?”
Vivian Schiller, the NPR CEO who resigned today, told the New York Times that “the buck stops here” and “I’m hopeful that my departure from NPR will have the intended effect of easing the defunding pressure on public broadcasting.”
Congress on Congo: Video of Ben Affleck’s testimony before a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee is here.
New Assignment: Ben Sheffner, author of the Campaigns and Copyrights blog, is going on hiatus to take a spot as content protection counsel for the Motion Picture Assn. of America.
Bill Clinton Visit: Former President Bill Clinton will host a young professionals event for his foundation at Boulevard 3 nightclub in Hollywood on March 17. Drake will perform, and Brent Bolthouse will be guest DJ.
PSA of the Day: Vincent Kartheiser and Rich Sommer of “Mad Men” make the case for high-speed rail, on behalf of U.S. PIRG.