National Public Radio on Wednesday discovered that a woman named Lisa Simeone who hosted a show about opera called “World of Opera” had been participating in a nonviolent occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., organized by October2011.org. That same day, NPR persuaded a company for which Simeone worked to fire her, cutting her income in half and purging from the so-called public airwaves a voice that had never mentioned politics on NPR.
After reading the above article, I sent this email today to NPR (email@example.com):
I’m very disappointed with your shabby campaign against Lisa Simeone, not even your own employee:
Since when does NPR oppose the right of American citizens to exercise free speech?
As Lisa Simeone says …
“This sudden concern with my political activities is also surprising in light of the fact that Mara Liaason reports on politics for NPR yet appears as a commentator on FoxTV, Scott Simon hosts an NPR news show yet writes political op-eds for national newspapers, Cokie Roberts reports on politics for NPR yet accepts large speaking fees from businesses. Does NPR also send out ‘Communications Alerts’ about their activities?”
I will have trouble supporting NPR financially or otherwise in the future.
Editor, “Sierra Voices” (http://sierravoices.com)
Grass Valley, CA 95945