Schiller, who was already set to leave his position, said his resignation scheduled for May 6 would now happen "immediately" after discovery of the video was made on March 8.
"I offer my sincere apology to those I offended," Schiller said, adding, "In an effort to put this unfortunate matter behind us, NPR and I have agreed that my resignation is effective today.”
In the video, Schiller was meeting with two men posing as wealthy would-be Muslim donors who said they wanted to make a $5 million contribution.
The Muslim donors were discussing Jewish control of the media; Schiller added his sentiments saying that "Zionist influence" doesn't exist at NPR, but "it's there in those who own newspapers obviously."
Schiller can also be heard laughing in the video when one of the men jokes that NPR should be known as "National Palestinian Radio."
Reprinted with permission from Shalom Life
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