NPR employees forbidden from Stewart, Colbert rallies

NPR is forbidding employees from attending Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity.

As Stephen Colbert recently said, nobody likes the Sane Clown Posse. And that includes a certain public broadcasting company: a newly leaked NPR memo forbids its employees from attending Jon Stewart's 'Rally to Restore Sanity' and Colbert's 'March to Keep Fear Alive,' claiming that doing so would violate the company's 'News Ethics Guidelines and Social Media Guidelines.'

Which just has to be a bummer to Terry Gross, the Fresh Air host who gets her panties in a bunch every time she hosts Stewart. Here's an excerpt from the memo:

NPR journalists may not participate in marches and rallies involving causes or issues that NPR covers, nor should they sign petitions or otherwise lend their name to such causes, or contribute money to them. This restriction applies to the upcoming John Stewart and Stephen Colbert rallies.

Which one might think is a bit too cautiously objective for the government-funded radio station, but I'm sure some reporters will sneak in by 'posing' as reporters anyway. Keep an eye on Guy Raz, NPR!

Commentarium (9 Comments)

Oct 13 10 - 1:02pm

Was Jon Stewart's name really misspelled in the memo?

Oct 13 10 - 2:16pm

I am sure the exact same memo is going around at Fox News.

Oct 13 10 - 3:57pm

Actually only 9% govt funded.

Oct 13 10 - 4:56pm

I can see NPR staffers being prohibited from speaking at political rallies, but how can they be prohibited from sitting on the public National Mall and listening to Stewart et al -- something that might be in their best professional interests as journalists to do? Don't they have 1st Amendment rights to freedom of association? NPR covers education; must NPR journalists not attend PTSA meetings, not even in the capacity of concerned parents? NPR covers sports; were NPR journalists prohibited from attending the Washington Capitals Fan Convention? Where does the madness end?

Oct 14 10 - 4:06am

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Oct 14 10 - 11:05pm

I don't think you meant "gets her panties in a bunch" back there. That means to get upset. Based on the one interview I heard, you meant "dampens her drawers".