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After Juan Williams Firing, NPR Denies Bonus to CEO Vivian Schiller

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- NPR announced Thursday that a senior executive involved with the controversial firing of commentator Juan Williams has resigned and that the company's president will not receive a 2010 bonus.

The NPR board of directors concluded, following an internal review, that Williams' termination did not violate the terms of his contract.

But the board expressed "concern" over CEO Vivian Schiller's role in the incident and opted not to give her a year-end bonus, according to a statement released by NPR. The network's ombudsman had previously said the firing was "poorly handled."

The non-profit news organization, which is supported by financial contributions from listeners and local stations and also by federal subsidies, also announced that Ellen Weiss, senior vice president for news, had resigned, but did not provide further explanation.

Williams was fired in November after saying during an appearance on Fox News Channel that seeing Muslims on planes make him "nervous."

His ouster stirred a backlash across the political spectrum, with liberals, conservatives and veteran journalists chastising NPR for his dismissal. Some lawmakers have even called for Congress to cut off federal funding for NPR.

Williams, who now works full-time for Fox News Channel, told ABC News after his firing that he believed it was "vindictive" and the result of a personal and politically motivated vendetta.

NPR said William's comment conflicted with its commitment to unbiased reporting.

Williams declined to participate in NPR's internal review of the incident, according to the statement. The board also mandated a review of the organization's ethics code and management procedures for disciplinary action.

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NPR CEO: 'Deeply Regret' How I Handled Juan Williams Dismissal

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- NPR’s CEO has apologized to her employees for comments she made after the company fired news analyst Juan Williams.

Vivian Schiller, NPR’s CEO, said that Williams – who said in an appearance on Fox News that he gets “nervous” when he sees Muslims on airplanes – should have kept his comments “between him and his psychiatrist or his publicist.”

“I stand by my decision to end NPR's relationship with Juan,” Schiller said in an e-mail to colleagues, “but deeply regret the way I handled and explained it.”

Williams told ABC News in an exclusive interview that his dismissal was the result of a personal and politically motivated vendetta which the veteran newsman described as "vindictive."

Conservative leaders have called to cut NPR's funding.

Fox News hired Williams full-time upon his termination from NPR.

Williams has not apologized for his remarks, insisting that they were part of a longer conversation that his bosses took out of context.

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Juan Williams Fires Back at NPR Over Firing

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Juan Williams, who was fired from his job at NPR after comments he made on Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor this week regarding Muslims, fired back at the radio station on Friday while guest hosting The O'Reilly Factor.

"My comments about my feelings supposedly crossed this line, some line, somewhere. That crossed the line?" Williams said. "Let me tell you what you can say on National Public Radio without losing your job."

He then mentioned Nina Totenberg's comments on NPR in 1995, when she stated that if there were "retributive justice," former Republican North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms or one of his grandchildren will get AIDS from a transfusion.

Conservative leaders including Sarah Palin have called to cut off NPR's funding in the wake of the controversy. According to NPR spokeswoman Dana Davis Rehm, NPR chief executive Vivian Schiller has stated that management was standing by its decision to fire Williams. Since his termination, Williams has been hired full-time at Fox News in a reported $2 million, three year deal.

Williams told ABC News in an exclusive interview Friday that his firing, for saying Muslims on planes make him "nervous," was the result of a personal and politically motivated vendetta which the veteran newsman described as "vindictive."

Williams hasn't apologized for his remarks, insisting instead they were part of a longer conversation his NPR bosses took out of context.

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Republicans Push to Defund NPR in Wake of Williams' Firing

Photo Courtesy - ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Congressional Republicans Friday pounced on NPR’s firing of Juan Williams in an attempt to end federal funding for the radio network.

Sen. Jim DeMint, R-SC, is planning to introduce legislation that seeks to do just that.  And over in the lower chamber, Republican Whip Eric Cantor said House GOP’ers will also try to terminate funding for NPR, denouncing the “over-reaching political correctness” in the network’s “rash decision.”

“Whether it’s people walking off The View when Bill O’Reilly makes a statement about radical Islam or Juan Williams being fired for expressing his opinion, over-reaching political correctness is chipping away at the fundamental American freedoms of speech and expression.  NPR’s decision to fire Juan Williams not only undermines that, it shows an ignorance of the fact that radical Islam and the terrorists who murder in its name scare people of all faiths, religions, and beliefs,” Cantor said in a statement this morning.

“In light of their rash decision, we will include termination of federal funding for NPR as an option in the YouCut program so that Americans can let it be known whether they want their dollars going to that organization,” he said.

The House Republicans’ YouCut program allows the public to vote online for the spending programs they want to cut. Defunding NPR though, would only scrap a small portion of NPR’s total annual budget, since the network receives the bulk of its funds from private sources.

Williams was fired this week by NPR after telling FOX News’ Bill O’Reilly that he feels “worried” and “nervous” when he sees “people who are in Muslim garb” on a plane.

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Juan Williams: NPR Was 'Looking For a Reason to Get Rid of Me'

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Juan Williams was not surprised that NPR fired him this week and says that the company had been looking for a way to get him off the air.

“I think they were looking for a reason to get rid of me,” Williams told ABC News. “That they were uncomfortable with the idea that I was talking to the likes of Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity.”

NPR fired Williams after he said in an appearance on Fox News that he gets nervous when traveling and sees “people who are dressed in Muslim garb and I think they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims.”

“I knew about their antagonism towards Fox,” Williams said. “I knew that they really didn’t like it, and as I said I have been there more than 10 years and I have seen managers come and go and who dealt with this issue.”

Vivian Schiller, NPR’s CEO, said that Williams’ comments should have been “between him and his psychiatrist or his publicist” but she later apologized for the remark.

“I don’t understand why she has to get that low. You know she has an argument to make that I somehow violated some journalistic ethics that were values of NPR, make the case,” Williams told ABC News. “I think it is a very weak case.”

Williams, who just got a $2 million deal for three years with Fox News, said it is making him rethink his previous beliefs about the left wing.

“I’ve always thought the right wing were ones that were inflexible and intolerant and now I’m coming to realize that the orthodoxy at NPR, its representing the left,” he said.

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