NPR host fired for working as a spokeswoman for ‘Occupy D.C.’
Lisa Simeone, a freelance radio host who is frequently on National Public Radio, was fired when they discovered that she was working as a spokeswoman for ‘Occupy D.C.,’ a group that is affiliated with the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement.
According to Fox News, Simeone often hosts Soundprint and World of Opera. She has been acting as spokeswoman for the movement starting earlier this month, but NPR did not find out about it until this week. This was considered a violation of the network’s code of ethics and she was promptly fired.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Simeone said that she believes she is not a journalist. “In none of the shows that I do, do I cover the news. What is NPR afraid I’ll do? Insert a seditious comment into a synopsis of Madame Butterfly?” she said.
On their blog, NPR tried to explain the situation, claiming that Simeone is not a direct NPR employee. They also say that they are talking with WDAV, the North Carolina public station that produces World of Opera, “about how they intend to handle this.”
NPR has come under constant scrutiny as of late, with many Republicans trying to either stop or lower funding for the network. It has long been accused of having a liberal bias. More recently, a CEO was forced to resign after their chief fundraiser complained about the Tea Party. News analyst Juan Williams was also fired after he said that he would feel uncomfortable sharing a plane or being near a person wearing clothes that identified them as Muslim.