Skip to comments.Rhode Island governor bans state employees from talk radio
Posted on 01/12/2011 5:58:09 AM PST by Steve495
Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I.) will soon send out a directive that state employees may not call into or spend any time on talk radio during state time. Chafee doesnt think state resources should be used for ratings driven, for-profit programming. NPR of course, will be exempt.
But is this really a problem in Rhode Island? Has there been some sort of epidemic of state workers ignoring their responsibilities and showing up on talk radio? A very small percentage of listeners actually call into talk shows, and of those callers a minuscule number of them are state workers on state time.
Understand that, and with the fact Chafee singled out talk radio and exempted NPR, and youll come to the conclusion this has nothing to do with using state resources to support for-profit talk radio. Its clearly a political, agenda-driven move.
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As a state employee, the gov would be banned from doing radio interviews as well I take it. And how about TV?
Won’t hold up in court if someone wants to take it there.
On the other hand, the talk radio guys can yak about what worthless layabouts the government workers are, and none of them will be able to call in and say they’re not.
Rhode Island Reneges on signing the Constitution
since they never signed it anyway
Prevent Trust Funding. Don’t let your children suffer.
Of course employees should not cheat their employer by calling talk radio.
But that’s not why he did it. It’s because of the current “debate” which has focused on the free expression of ideas, which leftists fear.
NPR is a political entity. Its mission is two-fold: 1) dumbing down America, to the point citizens will be immune to rational argument; 2) continually nudging the ship of state leftward.
Agree. When you are on your employer’s nickel, no calling into talk shows, blogging, consulting to other clients, painting your toenails, etc. Not unreasonable.
What’s troublesome is the Gov felt it necessary to tell his employees to not do this. How many are wasting their time sitting at their desks with nothing to do?
Er...wait. Forget I posed that question.
Well, it is blizzard weather there..............
He’s correct so long as he is talking about on-the-job calling. State employees should be doing state work.
Asking state employees not to listen to talk radio on the job is completely reasonable...as long as it does not include a politically motivated (and arguably unlawful) exception for NPR.
I am reminded of how completely boring it can be to work in an environment with no mental stimulation, such as talk radio. People adapt, but “it’s a process,” as they say.
If the Gov. wants to ban employees using one media during state time he should ban them from all media during state time!
or being on Facebook. The Air Force now permits it from govt computers on duty. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?
Only DNC-endorsed radio acceptable to the RINO.
I wish “briefly” I was a state employee in RI. Can you say violation of 1st Amendment.........