December 23, 2011
The Baltimore broadcaster paid a steep price for her role as a spokesperson within the Occupy Washington movement when NPR decided it could no longer be associated with her. She was fired from one hosting job on a show that was carried on some NPR stations, and the network ceased distributing another program that she still hosts.
While I admire Simeone's political commitment, I also understand NPR's ethical dilemma in being associated with her.
But what really matters is the reminder Simeone offers that ethics, free speech and protest are not abstractions or stuff for the history books only -- narratives that ended with the 1960s. Some people are putting their jobs and careers on the line today for what they believe.