Shocking, I know.
Now, normally I’d meanly speculate on just why NPR jumped on this, but then I read this sentence:
The official who fired Simeone reportedly did so over the phone and read NPR’s ethics code to her during the call.
Reading out the ethics code to the person that you’re firing over the phone? Just so that they know how and why the messed up? That is worth maybe a little forbearance. Positive reinforcement, and all that.