I have been sent a statement by the NPR ombudsman that fudges charges of capitulation to the political right by stating that Lisa Simeone, who has been dropped by the network for taking part in an anti-capitalist demo, is not an NPR employee. He then goes on to cite the NPR employee code:
“NPR journalists may not participate in marches and rallies involving causes or issues that NPR covers, nor should they sign petitions or otherwise lend their name to such causes, or contribute money to them.”
But, hey, Lisa’s not an employee so she was not subject to this strict code. Nor is she a journalist. She’s just an opera host. So why was Lisa dropped by NPR for taking a hike to the Occupy DC demo?
The ombudsman has taken the ostrich position.