NPR has Banned Employees from Attending Jon Stewart’s Rally? Really?

This must be some kind of joke. NPR? Come on, this has to be Fox News, not NPR…

NPR has reminded its employees that they are not allowed to participate in the upcoming rallies led by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. “NPR journalists may not participate in marches and rallies involving causes or issues that NPR covers, nor should they sign petitions or otherwise lend their name to such causes, or contribute money to them,” Senior Vice President for News, Ellen Weiss, wrote in a memo Wednesday morning. “This restriction applies to the upcoming John [sic] Stewart and Stephen Colbert rallies.” NPR CEO Vivian Schiller forwarded the memo, sent initially to news staff, to the entire organization, telling employees that the note applied to “digital, programming/AIR, legal and communications” employees in addition to the news staff. “However, no matter where you work at NPR you should be very mindful that you represent the organization and its news coverage in the eyes of your friends, neighbors and others,” Schiller continued. “So please think twice about the message you may be sending about our objectivity before you attend a rally or post a bumper sticker or yard sign. We are all NPR.”

I guess personal freedom goes out the window when you sign up with some corporations. Even NPR…

Come on, NPR???? I’m just totally shocked.

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One thought on “NPR has Banned Employees from Attending Jon Stewart’s Rally? Really?

  1. Betty Kreeger 30 Oct 2010 at 12:28 am

    I think NPR should think twice about the message that are sending when they tell journalists they cannot attend a public event that they may want to report on. I agree this is outrageous!

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