NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller resigned Wednesday at one day after James O’Keefe a conservative activist made public a video in which an NPR executive slammed Republicans and the Tea Party movement during a hidden camera session.
In the video, the NPR executive bashed the tea party movement as “racist” and “xenophobic” and said NPR would be better off without federal funding. “The Board accepted Vivian’s resignation with understanding, genuine regret and great respect for her leadership of NPR these past two years,” said Dave Edwards, chairman of NPR’s Board of Directors.
The incident “became such a distraction to the organization it hindered Vivian Schiller’s ability to lead the organization going forward,” Dave Edwards added. The short period in which Schiller was chief executive has included a few notable controversies–including one from October that she was still fielding questions on before the latest flare-up.
Ms. Schiller said she had a conversation with NPR’s board members on Tuesday late evening, about twelve hours after the release of the embarrassing video, and then spoke with Mr. Edwards later in the same evening. She declined to give details about the conversations.
In the video, the NPR fund-raising executive, Ronald Schiller, who is not related to Ms. Schiller, is actually telling people posing as Muslim philanthropists that the Republican Party had been “hijacked” by the Tea Party and that Tea Party supporters were “seriously racist, racist people.” Mr. Schiller, who was already scheduled to leave NPR and accept anotherjob at the Aspen Institute, said on Tuesday that he would leave as soon as possible.
Schiller, on the video, noted that “very little” of NPR’s funding comes from government sources. He also said that “in the long run we would be better off without federal funding.” That’s one statement that a large number of conservatives would agree with.
French ex-president Jacques Chirac goes on trial Monday being charged of embezzlement, breach of trust and conflict of interest. Back in the 90’s when Chirac was mayor of Paris he used public money for paying the people who were working for his party at that time.
While he was mayor of Paris, from 1977 to 1995 (that year he became president of France) he used a number of seven people who were hired by the city of Paris to work for his RPR party.
This matter was known to the public long time ago, but Chirac could not be accused because he was protected by presidential immunity. Besides the ex-president there are 9 more people who are going on trial, including two former chiefs of staff accused of having ghost jobs.
If Chirac is found guilty he might stay behind the bars for the next 10 years and also forced to pay a fine of $210,000. He admits the financial fraud, but he says that he didn’t know anything at that time and his lawyers accused magistrates of harbouring a political agenda.
The trial was opened Monday by judge Dominique Pauthe and the former president would be represented in court by lawyer Jean Veil. The trial is expected to continue over a month from now on.
Jacques Chirac is one of the most popular french political figures, and he is best known at international level for his opposition to the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.
He will be the first president who appear in the front of justice under criminal charges. He was involved in several corruption before, but he managed to escape any kind of accusation until now. Last year he escaped Paris city hall civil charges in return for a payment of more than 2.2 million euros.
According to the court, Chirac’s first appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, when he is due to answer the judge’s questions.
Kristen Stewart is officialy named “The most beautiful in the Country”
Kristen Stewart (20 years), the famous star of “Twilight” will play Snow White in the film “Snow White and the Huntsman” based on the legendary fairy tale, one of the most wanted screenplays of Hollywood at the moment,which will be produced by Universal Pictures.The news was confirmed by producer Palek Patel on Twitter.Next week is expected the official confirmation but they are in final negotiations.
For the same role initially were considered actresses like Riley Keough, Felicity Jones, Alicia Vikander and Emily Browning.
Kristen`s stepmother, the evil queen,wil probably be played by Charlize Theron because the producers are in negotiations with the actress and the role of Huntsman expects the confirmation of Viggo Mortensen.
Even in her last production she was in love with a vampire and courted by a werewolf in this movie she will be falling in love with Prince Charming.
The film will be directed by Rupert Sanders after a screenplay written by Evan Daugherty.
They will start shooting in London, Germany and Scotland this year on August 1st for “Snow White and the Huntsman”.The premiere will be next year on December 21.
Lady Gaga is an artist plural and does not hesitate to put his natural talents for “songwriter” to other causes. Very close to the world of fashion, including the house Thierry Mugler, Miss Gaga has created a soundtrack for the exclusive rights of designer fashion show next Wednesday at the Paris Fashion Week.
Lady Gaga UFO pop, queen of fashion crazy, is that all designers snapped. Working with singer staggered – which lives only by his avatar perched on heels Alexander McQueen – is sure to get talked about. As for the movie Zoolander 2, in which the diva will deign to make an appearance. Lady Gaga is becoming more than a concept, a brand, that of the ultra-cool.
The appearances of the star are millimeter, and it takes hours of makeup before each of his interviews. Lady Gaga talks about it in the third person, and it seems that the shy rock singer’s debut, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, has finally given way to the pop singer looks to extroverts. For the young woman is a follower of fashion, and fashion him back. As proof, the latest collaboration of the singer with the designer Thierry Mugler.
Lady Gaga music director was proclaimed Man of the parade of Mugler, to be held Wednesday, January 19, during Fashion Week in Paris. For the occasion, the young woman has exclusive remixed music from her latest album which is due out next May. A gift of the young woman for Nicola Formichetti, the new artistic director Thierry Mugler, who promises a catwalk very pop!
After having donated 100,000 dollars and recorded a message to awaken consciences about the terrible floods that hit Pakistan, Angelina Jolie has decided to return to the charge, by going up this time.
The Goodwill Ambassador of the High Commissioner for Refugees is right now in Pakistan, where she shared her first impressions to reporters after his visit: “From what I understand, the situation is at a scale never really achieved until now, it’s colossal, “she said. The actress visited the north-west of the country to meet with Afghans living in refugee camps and has also met with aid workers.
There was a crowd yesterday on the Deauville, or rather before the Normandy hotel to see the star of the weekend. No I’m not talking Gad Elmaleh but Chace Crawford, Nate Archibald of our Gossip Girl, stamped Brad Pitt Jr by journalists from across the Atlantic, playing in the decadent Twelve nappy, a bottle of film doped with novelist Brett Easton Ellis .
Also cute in a lumberjack shirt (not the blog chatter Capucine Piot who contradict me) than charcoal suit and tie Dolce e Gabbana-colored wine for red carpet soft Deauville, Chace Crawford has won all the votes in the applause!
Whenever a new version of Apple iPhone on the market today, must be measured to the rest of the industry on it. So also in this year in which the Apple touchscreen phone in its fourth version of a new screen, a new design, an instant camera and a donated body part in the integrated antenna. A revolution is not yet a successful evolution.
In particular, the extremely high resolution display so many potential has lured that Apple was able to show off proudly sold within the first three days after launch to have more than 1.7 million iPhones 4th And still the waiting lists are long. Who ordered the beginning of July, a new Apple phone has to wait at least four weeks to the delivery.
But the iPhone also needs to plug in four ample criticism. Examples are, the problems with the widely varying received signal strength, many complain about the original owner of the Apple iPhone. Moreover, difficulties are reported with the proximity sensor that will shut off the screen when you lead the mobile phone to your ear.