NPR and the Empire Strike Back

Discussion in 'Civil Rights & Privacy' started by KrazyKat, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    What happened to the First Amendment?
    Our own Lisa Simone being retaliated against economically for having a non-corporatist POV expressed on her own time:
    What BS, NPR.
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  2. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

    WOW - I'm shocked but then again not surprised. So sorry to hear this Lisa but I have no doubt you'll ultimately prevail.
  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    The first amendment applies to government, not to private individuals or corporations.

    How private (or public) is NPR?
  4. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    They get some federal money. Jack-booted nonsense. Another reason to hate NPR.
    Protected from possible bias in OPERA programming. Gasp!
  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    By itself, that won't make a private corporation public.

    What I read in that is a possibly quasi-public corporation threatening to drop the syndication of her show and also meddling in the affairs of Davidson College, which is a private institution.
  6. Doober

    Doober Original Member
  7. RB

    RB Founding Member

    While not necessarily the law NPR is supported by tax monies and I think that puts NPR in a position requiring them to uphold Constitutional ideals. Of course last years firing of Juan Williams demonstrated clearly which camp NPR management lives in so no one should be surprised at this more recent action.

    If NPR refuses all taxpayer monies then I suggest they can do anything they want as long as it is legal. That is not the case today!
  8. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    There was clearly meddling with Davidson College. Are both her shows now gone? McCarthyism should be shown for what it is, whether legal or not.
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  9. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Now linked on Drudge. Seems to be a growing story.
  10. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    But it doesn't work that way. Private organizations can accept public funds without becoming government agencies. Unless there are strings attached (e.g. requirements that hiring follow EEOC rules), they are still private in every respect -- and they are not constrained by the Bill of Rights. Otherwise Chrysler would be a government agency twice over.

    NPR, it turns out, is owned by National Public Radio, Inc., an apparently private (can't find out where it's registered) corporation owned by its member stations. In other words, it's a cooperative organized as a corporation.
  11. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    Well, heck, boogie dog, the TSA is supported by tax monies, but they p!ss and sh!t on the Constitution every day! :confused:
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  12. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Agree and I think all of us here are working to bring that abuse to an end.
  13. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    It's not over till the fat lady sings.
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  14. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    After a day of blather from NPR, saying 'we didn't fire her'...:

    The Friday night press release tells the real story: NPR stops carrying the show. Like most Friday night press releases, the media doesn't pick it up.
    This is the story: Economic coercion, for fear of your job. 'We are your corporate overlords and you better tow the line.',0,4276172.story#tugs_story_display
    Lisa's quote up top about selective enforcement of work 'rules' is the appropriate reply. NPR sees no ethical conflict unless the message is unwelcome. She espoused no such views on the air; who owns or funds NPR is largely a red herring. This is nothing less than anti-corporate -scare McCarthyism. We are all diminished by this. Conservatives, do you have a problem with this? Any less than TSA putting their hands in my pants? Why? Any American should.
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  15. AngryMiller

    AngryMiller Original Member

    Unfortunately towing the party line often means the difference between being employed or getting fired. Many years ago I worked for a defense contractor in the DFW area. You get into any trouble that results in you being in the newspaper with the company name mentioned and you would find yourself unemployed. They tolerated no bad press at all on the part of their employees. Is this fair? No. Did it keep employees in line? No. The owners ran that company with an iron hand.
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