NPR Host Doubling as 'Occupy DC' Spokeswoman Fired From Syndicated Program


Matthew Boyle in the Daily Caller:

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, the Associated Press reports.

Lisa Simeone

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.

Simeone also hosts “World of Opera,” a show NPR distributes nationally. NPR affiliate WDAV in North Carolina produces that show.

It’s still unclear at this time what, if anything, NPR plans to do regarding the opera broadcast, but NPR spokeswoman Anna Christopher told The Daily Caller on Wednesday that the taxpayer-subsidized radio network is mulling over its options.

“We’re in conversations with WDAV about how they intend to handle this,” Christopher said. “We of course take this issue very seriously.”

Full piece here.

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