If there's two things people look for at work, it’s having to wear fake medical masks throughout the day or working in an espionage culture.
If I'm not mistaken, NPR may be hosting several unhappy employees.
As reported by The Washington Free Beacon, taxpayer-funded National Public Radio is serious about its continuing mission to conceal its identity.
The Free Beacon has obtained an internal memo, which says, “We have asked on-site supervisors to remind staff of the masking requirements when needed.”
The message continues to suggest that the concept of masking required is complete absurd:
Masking is still required even if you are recording solo in the studio, or working in an office space with the doors shut and you are drinking or eating. (And “actively” doesn't mean drinking regularly from a bottle of water).
Do germs have a deal to not be spread by someone who is eating a meal before them? Does opening one's spit-covered pie hole make for increased transmission-proofing?
I'd guess not, as germs aren't as likely to be generous. Plates are a social construction 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.
However, if this is the case, it eliminates the fundamental argument against masking the truth, then NPR's decision is bold indeed.
Then it gets even bolder. As per the Beacon:
The employees at NPR's Headquarters in Washington, D.C., which was built in 2013 at an estimated cost around $200 million, were instructed about how to calmly confront a liar 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 states. “Nobody is intentionally trying to evade the rule. And if you are reminded to wear your mask, say, ‘Thank you!'”
Americans are becoming more polarized and their institutions are sometimes encouraging it.
In all schools across the nation, “Bias Response” teams are investigating “problematic” behavior by students. Particularly, speech is being regulated:
“University Orders Adherence To Preferred Pronouns and Created Monikers and threatens to take Action Regardless of the ‘Intent'”
“Syr-Accuse: University Will Now Punish Students who witness Bias-Motivated Behavior, but Don't React”
“Congressmen Place University in the Hot Seat Concerning its Suspension of Medical Students Questioning ‘Microaggressions'”
“Report: Three Middle School Students are charged with Sexual Harassment for not using the pronouns ‘They' and ‘Them'”
Returning to NPR, there's more than one method of bringing a complaint against an employee who isn't wearing masks that are medically needed, unless the situation where something is making your mouth water, in which instance it's medically unneeded.
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.
The network is most well-known for distributing tote bags to collect contributions from listeners. The listeners consist mostly of Subaru owners who have degrees from universities, as well as spouses who own private equity eco-terrorists, as well as irrevocable geeks who display a picture of Ruth Bader Ginsburg above their toilets.