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PBS Ombudsman


January 2012

January 27, 2012

The Mailbag: Fact-Checking and Checking the Fact Checker

I'm a big fan of fact-checking, especially during political campaigns when so much is at stake and examples can be found on all sides of claims that are either false or not quite accurate. In today's high-speed, information-overload environment —... More »

January 24, 2012

The Daily Downton

This brief column doesn't have much to do with editorial matters, but the subject is breaking news that is just too good not to share. The British press, not so good at some things but very good at other stuff,... More »

January 18, 2012

The Mailbag: The NewsHour Responds

Last week's ombudsman's column and a mailbag the week before contained a representative dose of commentary from viewers who were complaining about what they saw as an overdose of coverage recently about the Republican presidential campaigns. And I stuck my... More »

January 13, 2012

Is It Republicans 24/7, or Does It Just Feel That Way?

It is not surprising that a heavy flow of mail these past few weeks is from viewers who, for the most part, are fed up with the extent that coverage of the Republican presidential campaign is dominating television news. They... More »

January 12, 2012

A FAIR Catch But UnFAIR Conclusion

Ombudsmen sometimes are the recipients of email campaigns driven by various interest or self-styled media-watch groups. So it was this week when some 2,000 emails landed in my inbox within a 24-hour period. As far as I can tell, they... More »

January 5, 2012

The Mailbag: 'Why Is There Such a Stunning Diversity...?'

The quote above is from the opening line of an episode of NOVA, the popular and long-running science series on PBS. The complete quote asks about the diversity of life and leads in to a NOVA program called "What Darwin... More »
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