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PBS Ombudsman


April 2012

April 27, 2012

Flunking the Perception Test

One of the most important editorial standards that PBS has, as I see it, is not actually included in their "Editorial Standards and Policies" document. Those editorial standards and policies are meant to "serve as the foundation for editorial decision-making... More »

April 20, 2012

Busting the News?

This is a tale of two phrases. One accompanies the conservative online media-watch site known as NewsBusters, declaring itself devoted to "exposing & combatting liberal media bias." The other is of uncertain origin but holds that "no good deed will... More »

April 19, 2012

The Mailbag: On Martin-Zimmerman Portrayals, and 'Roots'

In last week's mailbag, I mentioned that there had also been mail about the beginnings of a new 10-part series called "Finding Your Roots," presented by Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., and that we would present them in the next... More »

April 12, 2012

The Mailbag: White? Hispanic? White and Hispanic? Or. . .?

The mailbag this week was filled mostly with reactions to two events: a segment on the PBS NewsHour April 9 about the shooting death in Florida of an unarmed teenager by a neighborhood watch volunteer, and last week's ombudsman's column... More »

April 5, 2012

Wayne Dyer: a 'Religious Point of View'?

The name Dr. Wayne Dyer has appeared many times in ombudsman's columns and mailbags since this position was launched late in 2005. The first time was in a column six years ago and the most recent was in a mailbag... More »
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