Tenure: 1 year, 2 months
On Oct. 20, 2010, journalist Juan Williams appeared on Fox News and said that he became anxious when he got on an airplane and saw passengers clad in "Muslim garb." This sort of statement may not be a big deal on Fox News, but Williams was also a contributor to National Public Radio and its CEO, Vivian Schiller, fired him after the politically incorrect comments were made.
Five months later, secretly recorded video footage was released that showed an NPR fundraising executive making his own politically incorrect comments. In this case the unflattering observations concerned the Tea Party movement. NPR, which was struggling with a U.S. Congress that wanted to cut off its funding, just didn't need the controversy.
Schiller took responsibility for the executive's statement, telling the New York Times, "I'm the CEO and the buck stops here." She resigned her post on March 9, 2011, after one year and two months on the job.