What We Were Thinking


Two weeks ago we reported on WNYC’s firing of Bob Garfield as host of “On the Media” for what was described as “bullying” behavior. A charge he refuted on social media.

We noted that Garfield is not the only recent host accused of poor behavior at WNYC, or the public media world in general. And we wondered; why would anyone in public media, or anywhere for that matter, think they had a right to behave poorly in the workplace toward their colleagues?

Having worked in newsrooms, we are quite certain nothing that happens in those admittedly pressure packed “spaces”(to use an NPR word) justifies bullying.

It turns out that NPR host Celeste Headlee agrees.