Is NPR becoming like the Iranian State News Media Controlled by the Ayatollahs?
October 13, 2010 6 Comments
The company fired off an all-staff memo earlier this morning reminding employees of the company’s ban on attending rallies that the non-profit news organization covers. When did attending a rally become an endorsement? Also, how does it threaten objectivity? And finally, who cares if it does?
Last time I saw similar memo, it was from the Iranian State media controlled by the Ayatollahs forcing their staffer not attending the rallies from the Iranian presidential opposition leader, Mr. Mussavi.
From: [NPR chief executive] Vivian Schiller
Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 8:58 AM
Subject: FW: NPR Journalists and political activity
To ALL NPR staff,
- Please see Ellen Weiss’ note to her staff below (and in particular, the reference to the upcoming Jon Stewart rally). In addition to News, the other divisions that are required to abide by the NPR News Ethics policy are digital, programming/AIR, legal and communications.
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. 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.
If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to your supervisor.
From: [Senior vice president for news] Ellen Weiss
Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 8:46 AM
To: News-All Staff
Subject: NPR Journalists and political activity
As we head into the final weeks of this political season, I thought it would be valuable to send out a reminder of what NPR News Ethics Policies and Social Media Guidelines are regarding political activity. These are the relevant excerpts from the full documents that can be found online.
Please review carefully and if you have any questions please talk to your direct supervisor.