Simeone promised she and her gang was going to sit on the cold ground for months to demand radical "reforms" in American government. A quick Google search found Simeone was all over the news as a spokeswoman in the first weeks of the protests. It was only when The Daily Caller exposed this radical that NPR acted.
In this atmosphere of controversy, one of NPR's current news anchors, Michele Norris, announced that she would temporarily step down from the anchor chair (and political reporting) for a year while her husband, Broderick Johnson, works as a senior advisor to Obama's re-election campaign. She'll still report, just not fry the political hot potatoes.
This is hardly shocking. The former NPR news boss Ellen Weiss -- the one that hastily fired Juan Williams for his Fox News appearances -- had a husband who served on President Obama's advisory council on faith-based issues. The notion that NPR is attached at the hip to ultraliberal Democrats isn't just something you hear on the air. It's an attachment that includes marriages, deep friendships and long-standing quiet political alliances.
It's natural that in this spotlight, NPR would try to avoid appearances of a conflict of interest. But the entire enterprise is a massive conflict of interest - created, funded and protected from scrutiny of its "news" product by Democrats. With today's massive debt, the government could not only remove the subsidies, but also sell off all the property and fancy equipment it's subsidized for decades. It's a compromise to merely turn off the spending spigot and call it...uneven.