Vivian Schiller, the NPR chief responsible for the midnight firing of Juan Williams, has been hired to head up digital operations at NBC News and MSNBC.
This is an important job for the public radio executive who was forced to resign after James O'Keefe's video sting of her chief fund raiser at a lunch with bogus potential donors. Schiller might be a competent executive, but NBC News better hope she doesn't say any of the sort of ignorant things she did after firing Williams -- like her very public suggestion that he was under psychiatric care.
I'm sorry, I cannot forgive the kind of arrogance and insensitivity she showed in the Williams matter. But NBC News does need digital help, and if the network thinks she can provide it, good luck to NBC News. There is nowhere to hide in the digital world. If she can't get the numbers up, NBC News will know soon enough if it made a mistake in hiring her.
Here's the NBC News release: