National Public Radio host Lisa Simeone appears to be breaking the taxpayer-subsidized network’s ethics rules by acting as a spokeswoman for Occupy D.C. group “October 2011,” which is currently “occupying” Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C.
Simeone hosts NPR’s nationally syndicated “World of Opera” program and “SoundPrint,” a program that airs on NPR’s WAMU affiliate at American University in Washington, D.C.
When Roll Call asked Simeone about the conflict of interest and the apparent ethics violations, she replied, “Well, I work in radio still, but this is totally different” because she says she’s a “freelancer.”
NPR’s ethics policy for journalists forbids them from “engag[ing] in public relations work, paid or unpaid.”
The code allows for exceptions in cases such as “certain volunteer nonprofit, nonpartisan activities, such as participating in the work of a church, synagogue or other institution of worship, or a charitable organization, so long as this would not conflict with the interests of NPR in reporting on activities related to that institution or organization.”
Simeone has appeared in several news stories in recent weeks as a spokeswoman for the left-wing anti-capitalists protests. “Our main focus is that we are against corporatism and militarism,” the radio host said, adding that the protesters plan to “occupy” Freedom Plaza for a long time.
This brainless bitch worked for a corporation.
“I do know whenever it ends, we are not going to stop acts of civil disobedience, and various acts of civil resistance and organization,” Simeone said. “That will be done in the myriad of ways around the country, and again, this is not the end, but only the beginning.”
It’s unclear if NPR or WAMU granted Simeone an “exception” from its ethics policy to participate in, and advocate for, the Occupy protests. If neither entity did grant her an exception, it’s unclear what, if anything, NPR and WAMU plan to do about her ethics violation.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/10/19/npr-host-a-spokeswoman-for-occupy-d-c-possible-ethics-violation/
Well, after the shit hit the fan over her self-appointed ‘occupy’ spokesjob, NPR dumped her.
After violating National Public Radio’s ethics code by acting as a spokeswoman for Occupy DC protesters, Lisa Simeone was fired Wednesday evening from one of the two public radio programs she hosts…
Simeone was fired from “SoundPrint,” an internationally syndicated program appearing on NPR affiliate WAMU in Washington, D.C. The official who fired Simeone reportedly did so over the phone and read NPR’s ethics code to her during the call.
WAMU describes “SoundPrint” as “the aural equivalent of photojournalism” and says the Simeone-hosted program explores “news, history, and culture.”
The firing comes after The Daily Caller and others reported that Simeone violated NPR’s ethics policy by acting as a spokeswoman for the Occupy DC group “October 2011,” the organization currently “occupying” Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C.
She’s a free lancer now, for sure.
Most, if not all of the leftwing MSM ignores the criminal behavior of the ‘occupy’ creeps, and literally pushes their agenda on the evening news. Moonbat Keith Olbermann refused the offer to visit a Tea Party rally, but rushed on down to the nearest ‘occupy’ circus as soon as he could. Paul Krugman and Frank Rich worship from afar; their desks at the New York Times.
As I’ve said: This is the same media that attacked and vilified the Tea Party patriots for protesting Obama’s and the Dems’ out-of-control unconstitutional tyranny.
The main stream media is contaminated with leftwing nihilists who are taking an active part in supporting a movement that indisputably seeks to overthrow the Democratic Republic in America and replace it, with as near as one can tell, a communist system full of obedient zombies. Read their manifesto if you doubt this. The useful idiots in the media will be included in that system, a fact that they conveniently ignore.