Before anything else, I need to note that Mr. Memmott has added one update after another and full statements so the thing would probably print out at least five pages. Therefore this being included in the sixth to the last paragraph is not good enough:
Also: As you can see in the statement from the board, a "committee comprised of NPR personnel, respected journalists, and others from outside NPR" has been created "to review and update NPR's current ethics code." Full disclosure: This blogger has been named to that committee. We've had one organizational meeting and will be meeting again several times in coming weeks
I like the man and have grown to trust him. That is due to the fact that he is usually above aboard and straight forward. Straight forward is not including the above in the 37 or higher paragraph. (Or higher? I keep losing my place when counting -- it is a long post -- but it is at least the 37th paragraph. I am guessing it may be two or three paragraphs higher.)
And what do I think?
I think Mr. Williams is right to be offended. CEO Vivian Schiller is praising the employee who left (Ellen Weiss -- supposedly stepped down on her own -- Ms. Weiss is the one who fired Mr. Williams over the phone) but has nothing to say about Mr. Williams. Having mocked him in public -- at a press conference after he was fired -- Ms. Schiller demonstrated a lack of class as well as tact.
We do not get to read it. All we get to read is a statement from the review board. So we are left with Ms. Weiss said it was very hard for her to leave NPR. Then why is she leaving?
Obviously the report was a little more difficult than they would like to portray it.
I was hoping to have more trust in it but between the bad blog post, the departure of Ms. Weiss that they want to portray as her own decision, and Ms. Schiller's attempts to throw gas on a still blazing fire with the attitude she is presenting to the public, I think the report should have been released.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: