Here’s what I’d like to hear from more people: there was nothing wrong with Schiller saying this. Period. He’s a fundraiser, not a reporter. He’s allowed to have personal views. He’s allowed to express those views, even if they’re obnoxious or intemperate, and even if he’s doing it across the table from a potential donor. He did nothing wrong, and neither did his boss. He deserved, at most, a mild talking-to over this.
I actually agree. Perhaps the NPR board felt Ms. Schiller was a liability, and Mr. Schiller presumably moreso, but a fireable offense? No.
But, unlike Drum, I also disagree with states funding media organizations. So there’s that.