I was JUST thinking to myself the other day, "My god, I'm never going to know what was going to happen, am I?" And then my paralyzing sadness crippled me just a little bit more.
"If Crash were just an annoyingly tone-deaf picture that won Sandra Bullock an award for Best Actress, I'd probably feel less harsh towards it."
Sandra Bullock won for the other white guilt movie.
Dropping back in here to say, that I take everything back. NPR has transferred distribution of World of Opera to WDAV. I hope the right is enjoying that gigantic reach around!
@zybhjk Also, regarding the fact that Lisa Simeone was read the NPR code of ethics over the phone. The article didn't say NPR read it to her. A lot of public radio stations and local producers have adopted the NPR code of ethics as the code for their organization because it is so thorough. Our station has adopted them as well. We chose to adopt those policies and we weren't pressured by NPR to implement them.
@zybhjk Of course I read the article. Also, as the communications staff member at my local public radio station, I was in touch with NPR's communications team yesterday to seek clarification about the situation in order to respond to listener and member complaints. They didn't pressure WDAV to fire her. NPR has no influence over the human resources decisions of local stations, just as local stations had no influence over the firing of Juan Williams. They simply were in talks with WDAV to discuss how to address the situation, given that the story became the story because of right-wing bloggers and because when most people think of public radio, they think of NPR and are unaware that other distributors and program producers exist. It annoys me to no end when I mention where I work and people get all excited and say, "Oh, NPR!" Um, no. I don't work for NPR. My station just purchases some of their programming.
NPR took the situation "very seriously" because they are skittish of the right's skewing of facts in light of the Juan Williams and James O'Keefe situations. They are on edge, so much so that it is to their detriment, constantly in defensive mode instead of taking the offensive, which I have found annoying. I'll concede that NPR's communications team kinda sucks balls. They responded too late to yesterday's story and their wording was vague. But this past year has shown us that NPR really needs to take a basic course in public relations.
This is a non-story. Lisa Simeone was fired by the producers of "Soundprint," which is an independently produced program that is not associated with or distributed by NPR. Her role with the NPR-distributed "World of Opera" was unchanged. She is not an NPR employee. Rather she is a freelancer for WDAV which produces the opera program.
They were angry when NPR fired Juan Williams in the middle of the coordinated campaign. I guarantee you the decision to force Schiller out came from prodding both from the right and from local stations, particularly smaller markets who have felt ignored and slighted under Schiller's leadership.
As someone who works at a local public radio station, she needed to go. NPR's reaction to this debacle was done without local stations in mind. We are receiving the financial fall out from this, not NPR.
Peter Sagal is awesome.
Yes, this was the most disgusting thing about his response. Playing the race card, when that had absolutely nothing to do with anything. He'll fit right in a Fox News.