March 9, 2011 |
Sally Meyerhoff, considered one of America's top marathoners, was killed Tuesday when the bicycle she was riding collided with a pickup truck in Maricopa, Arizona, according to Runner's World Magazine . She was 27. Meyerhoff did not yield at a stop sign, according to city officials who are still investigating the fatality, several websites are reporting. Meyerhoff was training for the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston, according to the Arizona Republic . She won a marathon in Arizona in January.
March 11, 2011
National Public Radio long has attracted complaints from conservatives that it has a liberal tilt. By seeming to confirm that view, a senior NPR fundraising official has provided the network's critics with undreamed-of ammunition. More than ever, NPR needs to remember its obligation as a recipient of government funds to be balanced and nonpartisan. On Tuesday, a conservative activist released a video showing the fundraiser, Ronald Schiller, disparaging "tea party" members as "gun-toting" racists and fundamentalist Christians who have "hijacked" the Republican Party.
March 10, 2011 |
Some of the best-known journalists at NPR have released what they call an open letter "to listeners and supporters" that calls remarks made by a former NPR fundraising executive "offensive" and says they have done "real damage" to the public broadcaster. On-air personalities such as Robert Siegel, Scott Simon, Renee Montagne Cokie Roberts and Nina Totenberg, signed the letter, which comes a day after NPR's president and CEO, Vivian Schiller, resigned in the wake of the controversy that erupted after NPR executive Ron Schiller was caught on video by conservative activists denigrating the "tea party" movement.
January 7, 2011 |
National Public Radio's admission that it botched the handling of Juan Williams' termination last year, resulting in the resignation of its top news executive Thursday, seems certain to reignite a push by conservatives in Congress to cut government funding for the news organization. The sponsor of a bill to eliminate NPR's taxpayer support ? as well as a proposal to stop federal money for all of public broadcasting, including TV ? said the re-airing of the Williams affair this week would put more heat on institutions already unpopular with congressional Republicans.
March 11, 2011 |
Public broadcasting executives already knew they faced a stiff fight this year to protect their federal appropriation in Congress amid stern calls for deficit reduction. But after a conservative activist released a video this week of a top National Public Radio fundraiser maligning "tea party" activists and the Republican party , station managers are bracing for the worst. The controversy, which led to the rapid resignation of NPR Chief Executive Vivian Schiller , hit as Congress is wrangling over this year's budget.
March 11, 2011
A group of National Public Radio reporters and anchors released a letter to listeners and supporters Thursday saying the comments made by a network executive about "tea party" members had damaged the organization but expressing confidence that "NPR will come out of this difficult period stronger than ever. " The journalists said they were "appalled by the offensive comments made recently by NPR's now former senior vice president for development [Ron Schiller]. His words violated the basic principles by which we live and work: accuracy and open-mindedness, fairness and respect.