Why NPR Canned D’Arcy

Arts journalists have been buzzing about NPR’s decision to sever its relationship with arts reporter David D’Arcy. Why is D’Arcy out? “An NPR spokesman who asked not to identified said the reporter was fired not for the substance of his report but for failing to observe two of the network’s reportorial guidelines: He allegedly interviewed Lauder on one topic — the general issue of art seized by the Nazis — then used it in a piece about another specific issue, the Schiele case. Moreover, according to the spokesman, D’Arcy made no direct effort to secure MOMA’s response to “specific attacks on its integrity that he intended to broadcast in the piece. NPR requires that the most strenuous efforts be made to do just that and he didn’t do it.”