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Juan Williams to Keynote Journalism Conference; New Job for Ellen Weiss

Juan Williams will speak at this year’s New York Press Club Journalism conference next Saturday. This year’s theme is “Crisis and Change.” Williams will talk about being dismissed by NPR last October for remarks he made on “The O’Reilly Factor” about passengers boarding planes wearing Muslim attire. The day after he was fired, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes gave Williams a fat new contract.

We’ve also learned today that Ellen Weiss, who fired Williams and was later let go in the wake of the controversy, has been named executive editor at The Center for Public Integrity, one of the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit investigative news organizations. Weiss will oversee the Center’s domestic investigations and editorial staff. Weiss HAD spent 29 years at the public radio network, leading the NPR news division for five years.

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NPR CEO Vivian Schiller Resigns

Breaking: NPR president and CEO Vivian Schiller has submitted her resignation to the Board of the pubic broadcaster following an embarrassing undercover video captured Ron Schiller, NPR’s former senior vice president for fund-raising, and no relation to Vivian Schiller, calling the Tea Party “racist” and “scary” and questioning whether NPR needs federal funding.

Ron Schiller stepped down from NPR yesterday.

Vivian Schiller’s resignation also follows the very public firing from NPR of Fox News analyst Juan Williams which later cost Ellen Weiss, head of news at NPR, her job.

At the time of Weiss’ firing in January, the NPR board “expressed confidence in Vivian Schiller’s leadership going forward.” Less than three months later, Schiller is out of a job.

Interestingly, Schiller was to be in New York today and in fact at our mediabistro studios to tape an interview for our MediaBeat video series. An NPR publicist informed us yesterday that Schiller’s trip to New York was “cut short” and that the interview would be postponed for a second time.

NPR’s release after the jump.

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Juan Williams Talks About His Old Employer (NPR) with his New Employer (Fox News Channel)

Juan Williams was in the Fox News Channel studio this morning talking to Bill Hemmer about Ellen Weiss, the National Public Radio senior news executive who resigned from NPR yesterday after the controversy of Williams’ dismissal in October.

Williams called out NPR this morning — saying that Weiss’ firing was to “clean up” a network which has, in Williams’ words, a “total lack of diversity in thought.”

Last night, Williams appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor” and told Bill O’Reilly that NPR is “filled with fear.”

And in a phoner with Megyn Kelly yesterday (Fox News is really getting its money’s worth), Williams called out Weiss for being “the keeper of the flame of liberal orthodoxy at NPR.”

  • All three FNC videos are after the jump…

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NPR Examines Contributor Juan Williams’ FNC Association

williams_2-12b.jpgNPR ombudsman Alicia C. Shepard spends her column this week looking at the dual role of Juan Williams — as a contributor to both NPR and FNC.

“Last year, 378 listeners emailed me complaints and frustrations about things Williams said on Fox,” writes Shepard, while noting 56 came recently from his comments regarding Michelle Obama last month on The O’Reilly Factor. “As a result of this latest flap, NPR’s Vice President of News, Ellen Weiss, has asked Williams to ask that Fox remove his NPR identification whenever he is on O’Reilly.”

But what about when he’s on Special Report, where he appears regularly? Or “Hannity,” where he appeared last night (and was introduced by Sean Hannity as “a senior correspondent for National Public Radio, I say propaganda, he doesn’t mind”)?

“Maybe it’s that people have trouble with the fact that I cross political lines regularly,” said Williams. “I try to be curious, to ask questions and to get answers. And I tell you what I see as I see it.”

Fox responds to NPR’s request on Politico: “We were actually doing NPR a favor by even plugging them but we have no problem dropping the mention on the chyron along with their exposure to millions of O’Reilly Factor viewers.”