NPR Lays Down the Law, to the Delight of Masked Snitches – Opinion

If there are two things everyone looks for in a job, it’s being forced to wear a faux-medical mask all day and working within a snitching culture.

But if I’m wrong, NPR may be hosting some unhappy employees.

The Washington Free Beacon reported that taxpayer-funded National Public Radio was serious about fulfilling its mask mandate.

The Free Beacon has obtained an in-house memo which reportedly reads, “We have asked on-site supervisors to remind staff of the masking requirements when needed.”

The missive goes on — if my interpretation is correct — to indicate that the notion of necessary masking is complete nonsense:

Masking is required if you are recording in your own studio or working in an office without doors open. (And ‘actively’ does not mean occasionally drinking from a water bottle).

Are germs supposed to be kept away from food? Does opening one’s spit-covered pie hole make for increased transmission-proofing?

I’d assume not, since germs aren’t likely so generous, plates are a social construct, and mouths are mucusy.

Even so, governments the nation over have taken a similar stand — masks must be worn, masks are non-negotiable…unless the waitress has brought your breadbasket.

But if the above nullifies the foundational argument for masking — NPR’s move is bold indeed.

The Beacon is even more bold.

Employees at NPR’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., built in 2013 for a total cost of $200 million, were advised as to how to peacefully confront a delinquent colleague in the workplace. “If you notice someone has forgotten their mask, you might tell them, ‘Hey, you forgot your mask.’ It’s actually helping the person to be reminded,” the memo reads. “Nobody is intentionally trying to evade the rule. And if you are reminded to wear your mask, say, ‘Thank you!’”

Americans are increasingly turning against each other, with institutions sometimes encouraging this.

In schools across the country, “Bias Response” teams are looking into “problematic” behavior by students. Particular attention is paid to speech.

University Orders Adherence to Preferred Pronouns and Made-Up Monikers, Threatens ‘Action’ Regardless of ‘Intent’

Syr-Accuse: University Will Now Punish Students Who Witness ‘Bias-Motivated’ Behavior and Don’t Take Action

Congressmen Put University in the Hot Seat Over Its Suspension of Medical Student Questioning ‘Microaggressions’

Report: Three Middle Schoolers Have Been Charged With Sexual Harassment for Not Using ‘They/Them’ Pronouns

Back to NPR, there’s more than one way to report a coworker for not wearing a mask that is absolutely medically necessary — except when something’s making your germ-infested mouth water, in which case it’s absolutely medically unnecessary.

Other options for ratting out maskless coworkers include telling human resources supervisors who will confront the offender themselves or sharing “an anonymous concern via the EthicsPoint system,” a not-at-all-totalitarian-sounding name for a workplace snitching platform.

I think the Beacon is a little too harsh towards NPR. I place this in the arena of “unlikely”:

Most well-known is the network’s generosity to give out bags of merchandise in return for donations. The listeners consist almost entirely of Subaru owners with graduate degrees, spouses in private equity, and irredeemable nuts who place Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s portrait above their toilets.

By contrast, NPR only deals in the realm of “all likelihood”:



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