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Today we have a prime example about why NPR is not worth supporting.

Ted Rall tells us what NPR did to Lisa Simeone.

It is the same crap as always – a wingnut blogger makes a big deal out of something, and NPR rushes to throw someone under the bus without verifying what the facts are.

A freelance announcer on a classical music program, on their own time, can’t attend an anti-war protest without being fired, but actual news employees can give speeches to corporations and appear on Fox News. That’s NPR’s version of ‘fair and balanced’.

There is no point in supporting NPR, they aren’t interested in a any view to the left of Genghis Khan, because a Republican might complain.


1 Frederick { 10.20.11 at 8:34 pm }

Lisa is a beloved commenter over at Crispin Sartwell’s blog, one I’ve had many interactions with. NPR has severely pissed me off today.

2 Rook { 10.20.11 at 9:13 pm }

Word is it was actually not NPR directly, but a contractor. However, it seems she was given her job back.

3 Bryan { 10.20.11 at 10:48 pm }

Frederick, I stopped donating and listening years ago when it became obvious that they were bending over backwards to appease the wingnuts. This is just another example of their spinelessness. I had some hope after they finally fired Juan Williams, but then they dumped the woman who did it. Worthless.

Rook, I thought I made that plain when I called her a ‘freelance announcer’. i.e. not a full-time employee. She did do analysis of operas, which, in the case of Mozart, were considered political when they were written, but the closest she came to the news, was reading the intro to a syndicated news program that some individual stations carry. She has a good voice for radio.

I still hold NPR responsible for again bending to the will of the wingnuts, even though she isn’t part of Occupy DC, but a separate anti-war movement.

4 Steve Bates { 10.20.11 at 10:57 pm }

I dropped my annual contributions to NPR quite some years ago, when it became undeniable that the acronym expands to “Nice Polite Republicans”. Given how much of the guvmint has already been appropriated by the political Right for its own purposes, they damned well aren’t getting any charity from me.

5 Bryan { 10.21.11 at 12:16 am }

They keep trying to appease the people who hate them, and will continue to attempt to defund them, no matter what they do. They should not mold to the news to suit the people who hate them.