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March 11, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

NPR journalists have signed an open letter distancing themselves from the remarks made by the public radio network’s former executive Ron Schiller during a hidden-camera sting operation conducted by conservative activist James O’Keefe. The journalists, all of them familiar to listeners of Morning Edition and All Things Considered, said in the letter that they were “appalled by the offensive comments” of Schiller, which “violated the basic principles by which we live and work: accuracy and open-mindedness, fairness and respect.” Meanwhile speculation mounted that O’Keefe might soon release similar undercover footage of PBS’s senior vice president for development, Brian Reddington. On Wednesday the public television company acknowledged that Reddington met with fake members of a Muslim organization that offered to contribute $5 million to the broadcaster but that the offer was turned down when the members could not be vetted.