WASHINGTON D.C. (LALATE) – The NPR firing of Juan Williams has prompted a security threat; now NPR has received a bomb threat less than one week after Juan Williams’ firing and Vivian Schiller’s psychiatrist remark.
NPR would not confirm to local news the receipt of the bomb threat; but the Washington Post reports the receipt Monday, via US Mail, from NPR sources. That same day, NPR reportedly sent a memo to employees warning of a general “security threat”. What prompted the threat and what is the nature and location of the threat is not detailed.
NPR spokeswoman Anna Christopher told news late yesterday that the NPR headquarters are adding “extra precautions” immediately”. Those precautions are to be “more aware” of visitors to their Washington D.C. offices and to add additional facility checks on a more routine basis.
Vivian Schiller sent an email to NPR member stations last week explaining the firing of Williams. But after taking Williams’ job, Schiller within twenty-four hours was defending her own job. Schiller went to the Atlanta Press Club on Thursday where she told attendees that Juan Williams should have kept his feeling about Muslims between himself and â€śhis psychiatrist or his publicistâ€ť. Schiller later apologized â€śI spoke hastily and I apologize to Juan and others for my thoughtless remark.â€ť Williams later denounced the remark, adding he doesn’t see a psychiatrist.
Today, Schiller is not speaking. But on Tuesday, NPR sources confirmed to the Post that Schiller has received telephone threats at her home.
Alicia C. Shepard, NPRâ€™s Ombudsman, last week said NPR mishandled Williams’ firing. She said their website drew 7,000 comments to the firing, their email server crashed, they processed 8000 angry emails in 24 hours, and their telephone circuits were flooded. â€śThe overwhelming majority are angry, furious, outraged. They want NPR to hire him back immediately. If NPR doesnâ€™t, they want all public funding of public radio to stop. They promise to never donate again. They are as mad as h-ll, and want everyone to know it. It was daunting to answer the phone and hear so much unrestrained anger.â€ť