(Video Credit: The View)
Things got heated on “The View” Friday as co-hosts and Mediaite founder Dan Abrams got into it over NPR’s “ridiculous” anonymous snitch hotline set up for employees to report their fellow workers to Human Resources for the shocking crime of not wearing a mask.
Co-host Joy Behar kicked off the segment by proclaiming, “I would never do that. I’m Italian, we don’t snitch. We don’t snitch.”
Meanwhile, co-host Sunny Hostin contended that the snitch hotline is “a good thing.”
“We’ve been terrible to each other during this pandemic,” Hostin asserted, referring to actress Patti LuPone, who chastized a maskless audience member last week. She also cited confrontations on airplanes between maskless passengers and flight attendants.
Witness Patti Lupone screaming abuse at an audience member because her mask isn't covering her nose…
She doesn't know that masks don't work, because she never cared to find out. She's a mindless tool of state oppression punching down at an ordinary person. https://t.co/p5ZPaA9iF1
— OffGuardian (@OffGuardian0) May 15, 2022
“So I just think you have this mechanism now where you can just call and snitch and protect yourself as opposed to taking it on yourself,” Hostin defensively remarked.
Guest co-host Ana Navarro pointed out the obvious to Hostin, “How do you know it’s not somebody just snitching on somebody they don’t like?”
“Let HR investigate it,” Hostin replied, arrogantly dismissing the issue as if it were a minor inconvenience and not a job-threatening event.
That was when guest co-host and Mediaite founder Dan Abrams bluntly called the snitch hotline “ridiculous.”
NPR is maintaining a very strict mask policy, and has set up an HR tip line for employees to report on colleagues who are not adhering to guidelines—with the possible result of discipline and even termination. This is from a memo sent out today: pic.twitter.com/eRRSgDCaxw
— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) May 19, 2022
“We’re at a different point in COVID now,” he stated. “We’re not at the point we were two years ago.”
He also commented that individuals who are vaccinated and boosted get much milder symptoms if they contract COVID.
“What if I’m living with someone that’s immunocompromised or my parents and you give it to me and I go home and kill my dad or kill my mom or I kill my husband?” Hostin dramatically countered.
“There are just a ton of risks,” Abrams responded before being rudely and predictively cut off by Hostin.
“Because you don’t want to follow the rules?” she snapped.
Y’all are absolutely unbelievable. Making your audience mask up while you sit there comfortably w/o one. You couldn’t pay me to attend. What a group of absolute hypocrites.
— MP (@CaliBayGirl87) May 20, 2022
“It’s not about just following the rules,” Abrams calmly answered. “There are a ton of risks people take every day, right, in going to work, exposing themselves.”
“We’re going to have to live with COVID,” he noted.
Co-host Sara Haines took a stand against the “snitching” on maskless colleagues via the hotline.
“Even in the heart of COVID, we’ve lost our civility,” she declared.
“If someone out here had the mask down, I don’t think I’d come swingin’. I’d just say ‘Hey, excuse me, would you mind?’” Haines said during the segment. “Nobody talks like that to each other anymore. So we shouldn’t be surprised when we can’t talk about actually heavy topics.”
“They even call it like a ‘snitch hotline,’” she asserted. “We don’t need to be snitching on grown adults.”
Navarro, who travels quite a bit, remarked that she sees planes where half the passengers are masked and the other half aren’t. She posited that if there is an immunocompromised passenger, the person’s seatmates wear masks out of regard for that person.
“There’s a lot of horrible cases, but there’s also a lot of good people out there who care about their fellow human beings,” she claimed.
So NPR tells employees to snitch for money on other employees who don’t wear masks… 3 things, this isn’t 8th grade, grow up, Masks don’t work, and the CEO is stupid
— SparkyBru (@SparkyBru) May 21, 2022
NPR responded to the blowup over the hotline by contending that it is “not something new set up specifically for this purpose.”
“We are still going through a pandemic and infection numbers have been rising around the country. NPR has strong safety protocols in place, including a masking requirement for onsite work. We want to ensure our onsite staff is able to safely work in our building and we take all our safety protocols seriously,” an NPR spokesperson commented via a statement given to TheWrap.
“We sent a memo yesterday to remind onsite staff of the protocols as well as staff who may be returning to the office now for the first time and may not be as familiar with them. We have signage around the building reminding people to wear masks but we also know colleagues may be uncomfortable reminding someone to put their mask back on if they’ve forgotten to do so after eating or being alone in an office or studio. We have different ways for concerns to be raised, including a portal that was set up years before COVID for staff to report workplace concerns. It’s not something new set up specifically for this purpose,” they concluded.
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