Vivian Schiller won’t let NPR off easily for falsely reporting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords had died in a January shooting.
“It was a mistake; there was no excuse,” the CEO said during the question and answer period that followed her speech to the National Press Club where she was arguing against funding cuts for public radio proposed by Republicans.
At 1:59 p.m. on the day of the shooting, NPR linked to a story in the Arizona Republic citing that Giffords was killed after a gunman opened fire. [UPDATE: As a reader noted, the original AR story never reported that Giffords was dead. NPR was the first outlet to erroneously report the information.] Sixteen minutes later, the organisation wrote “Giffords has died, a source in the Pima County Sheriff’s office tells reporter Mark Moran of NPR’s KJZZ in Phoenix. Five others were also killed, the sheriff’s office tells Moran,” only to go back on that information over the next half hour.
Schiller also admitted she would rethink the firing of Juan Williams.
“We handled the situation badly. We made some mistakes. I made some mistakes,” the executive said.
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