I’ve been very upset all day. I awoke to the news that a good dear friend of mine had been summarily fired from a part-time job that she holds.
Did I hear this through an e-mail? Or via a phone call? No… I heard it on the news on the radio. Later, I read it on Slate, on the Huffington Post and the Washington Post, as well as myriad other media outlets.My friend, Lisa Simeone, who hosts an opera program and a documentary program for NPR, was fired by SoundPrint, the documentary program under pressure from National Public Radio for her support of the Occupy protests. NPR said that she was bringing her personal politics to her job. She never commented on her activities on either radio program.
This is so offensive to Lisa, as she’s being told that she can’t exercise her right to free speech on her own time. Regardless of her politics or mine, no one deserves to be treated this way.