Simeone worked for more than 15 years as a freelancer on Soundprint, a documentary radio show out of Laurel. Last night she had a talk with her boss, Moira Rankin, president of the Soundprint Media Center.
It wasn’t one of those discussions that bosses like having. Rankin quizzed Simeone about her involvement as an organizer of the October 2011/Stop the Machine protests. (For the record, and per Simeone: She had no official connection or duties as a spokesperson for Occupy DC whatsoever; all reports indicating as much are incorrect, including the NPR post that claims to correct the inaccuracies in all the other accounts.)
The back and forth between documentary mogul and freelancer, says Simeone, was drawn out and strange. After much awkwardness, Simeone just came out and asked, “Wait a minute — what are you doing? Are you firing me?”
Yes, came the response. Simeone was not pleased. The reason for her dismissal as a freelancer was her participation in the protests: She was told that she was “not allowed to have any partisan involvement.” She fired back: “The occupy movement is as nonpartisan as it can get because we despise all political parties equally.”
NPR protests: she was only an independent contractor!
You end up like a dog that’s been beat too much, til you spend half your life just covering up.
Score another one for the brownshirts.
Update. Technically, she was fired by Soundprint, a documentary radio show on an NPR
outlet affiliate, as the article indicates. You can’t convince me that NPR’s fear of being labeled as liberal didn’t play a role here.
Update update. The NPR affiliate has reversed its decision. Excuse me for not thinking it’s awesome that they only temporarily fired her for working while liberal.