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    A public radio host was fired on Thursday after the conservative political site The Daily Caller exposed her role as a spokeswoman for Occupy 2011, the faction of Occupy Wall Street movement occupying Washington's Freedom Plaza.

    Lisa Simeone, the host of the nationally syndicated "World of Opera" show, and former weekend host of "All Things Considered," is a freelancer working for WDAV, NPR's Davidson, N.C., affiliate, where "World of Opera" originates. She also was the host for the weekly D.C. show "Soundprint" on NPR's WAMU affiliate.

    Simeone confirmed on Thursday that she had been fired from the "Soundprint" show; NPR is "in conversations" about her role as both "World of Opera" host and Occupy D.C. protester.

    "We recently learned of World of Opera host Lisa Simeone's participation in an Occupy D.C. group," NPR communications SVP Dana Davis Rehm wrote in a memo to affiliates. "We're in conversations with WDAV about how they intend to handle this. We of course take this issue very seriously."

    Those conversations could result in Simone's firing from that show, too. On Thursday, Rehm added: "We fully respect that the management of WDAV is solely responsible for the decision making around Lisa's participation in Occupy DC and her freelance role with WDAV's program."
    Isn't NPR liberal? I'm surprised by this.

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    You lose any ounce of credibility as a journalist once you join a movement, at least in my opinion.

    All journalists have opinions of course, or they wouldn't be human.

    However, they have to at least make the effort to appear non-partisan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    You lose any ounce of credibility as a journalist once you join a movement, at least in my opinion.

    All journalists have opinions of course, or they wouldn't be human.

    However, they have to at least make the effort to appear non-partisan.
    So, I take it you approve of her getting the boot?

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    I don't know anything more about it than what you posted, so it would be short sighted of me to comment on it, I have no idea how involved she was.

    I will go as far to say I think it was a poor decision on her part. I would imagine that journalistic integrity is beaten into you from your first journalism class, so she should have known that it would not be looked upon favorably.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocknblues81 View Post
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    Isn't NPR liberal? I'm surprised by this.
    NO. It's not liberal. If you listened to let's say, Talk of The Nation, you'd hear the conservative guests as well as conservative callers.

    I get tired of people thinking that because something might come off as more cerebral or thought engaging than Rush or Fox TV, it's automatically Liberal... Let's think about that stereotype and how it applies to both liberals and conservatives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    You lose any ounce of credibility as a journalist once you join a movement, at least in my opinion.

    All journalists have opinions of course, or they wouldn't be human.

    However, they have to at least make the effort to appear non-partisan.
    I guess it depends on what you write/talk about - I don't see where participating in "Occupy (your city here)" shreds her credibility to talk about opera. Not sure what Soundprint is about, so I can't tell whether or not that firing was justified.

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    Is someone who hosts "World of Opera" a journalist? That might be stretching the term a bit more than it's already been stretched. There are few true journalists left. Most "journalists" on are actors / actresses.

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    There could have been a clause in her contract prohibiting her from such a thing. Hell even PMSNBC fined Olbermann for donating to the Democratic party.

    Not everything has to be a conspiracy towards conservatives/liberals
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