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PBS Ombudsman


August 2012

August 31, 2012

The Urge to Talk and Tweet

The mail piled up fast this week in the ombudsman's email queue. Each day of the Republican National Convention brought scores of mostly angry emails from people who claimed the PBS NewsHour coverage was staffed by Republican-hating liberal correspondents whose... More »

August 23, 2012

The Mailbag: What Ever Happened to Tote Bags?

Here's a brief mailbag about some new takes on old subjects. As you know, if you contribute to your local PBS member station, you are likely to get a small thank you gift. In recent years, free subscriptions to Newsweek... More »

August 16, 2012

Have We Learned Anything?

"Clearly two very different perspectives, but we have learned something from listening to both of you. And we appreciate it." That was the way Senior Correspondent Judy Woodruff signed off a segment of the PBS NewsHour on Aug. 9 dealing... More »

August 8, 2012

Fish Stories and Fishy Stories

"If your mother says she loves you, check it out" is a cautionary principle that journalists have always been taught but sometimes forget and sometimes, for what seem to be good reasons at the time, see no obvious need to... More »

August 3, 2012

The Mailbag: Chicken and the First Amendment

As I was saying a few days ago, most of the mail that accumulated while I was away for a couple of weeks in July had to do with comedian-actor Fred Willard who was arrested on suspicion of a lewd... More »

August 1, 2012

Fred Willard: On Not Listening to Your Wife

The big news about PBS while I was away these past couple of weeks unfolded, of all places, in an adult movie theater on Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood on Wednesday evening, July 18. It was there, inside the Tiki... More »
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