Lisa Simeone, a freelancer who writes for Soundprint, Inc., and hosts NPR's "World of Opera" was fired from her job for participating as a private citizen in Occupy D.C. protest. Simeone is not even an employee of NPR or Soundprint. She is a freelancer who covers neither politics nor the news. She is also an freelance employee of WDAR, NPR's affiliate in North Carolina, where she is receiving support. It should be noted that Lisa Simeone was fired after she was observed by several conservatives at the protest.
In spite of the fact that Mara Liaason does cover the news for NPR, yet provides commentary on FOX Television; Scott Simon hosts NPR news shows and writes op-ed columns for newspapers nationwide; and Cokie Roberts reports on politics for NPR and also takes in large sums of money in speaking fees for businesses, Lisa Simeone was singled out and fired for participating in Occupy D.C. as a private citizen.
There's something wrong with this picture. Both Soundprint and NPR need to get a grip on people's individual rights as private citizens. NPR needs to stop pandering to the conservatives who are blackmailing them with threats of having their funding cut-off. Both must give Lisa Simeone her job back.