Ambush-Journalist Confronts NPR CEO About Firing of Juan Williams

Jesse Watters offers quotes to counter NPR's Vivian Schiller's denial that other company reps made arguably worse comments.

Ambush-journalist Jesse Watters chased down NPR chief executive Vivian Schiller on a city street recently, the results of which will air tonight on The O’Reilly Factor.

Watters, with notepad in hand, hounds Schiller as she does her best to ignore him while on her way to a meeting. The topic, of course, is NPR’s firing of Juan Williams.

“You’ve had NPR people advocate the killing of Christians, advocate the kililng of (Sen.) Jesse Helms. Were those people fired?” asks Watters.

Schiller says the allegations aren’t true, and Watters responds: “I have the quotes right here, Vivian.”

The Fox News Channel has released just 24 seconds of the interview but promises more for its TV viewers.

The question Watters posed, according to the FNC website, concerns incidents that happened 15 years ago:

     -- On an episode of All Things Considered, NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu was speaking of the “Rapture,” an evangelical belief that some Christians would ascend to Heaven before Christ’s return, when he said: “The evaporation of 4 million who believe this crap would leave the world an instantly better place.” Codrescu remains a regular commentator at NPR.

     -- NPR host Nina Totenberg said of Helms, who has since died, that if there “is retributive justice, he’ll get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will.” Totenberg remains a legal affairs correspondent for NPR and appears on several of its shows.

Williams, who was hired as an FNC correspondent after NPR fired him Wednesday, has also invoked the Totenberg quote to illustrate what he calls a double standard at NPR.   

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