Archive: 2014

The Mailbag: Discord Yields to Discussion

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I finished putting this mailbag together on Monday afternoon. But literally minutes before it was to be posted, the contentious, internal issue within PBS—that was the subject of the posting—was resolved, at least temporarily.

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Making Obama’s Case; Whose Job Is It?

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The answer to the question in the headline is that it is up to the president to make his case to the American people with respect to why he and/or members of his party should be elected or re-elected.

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The Mailbag: On Torture, Protesters and #$@&%!

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These last several weeks have turned out to be an unusual time for me in my role as ombudsman. Over the years, the usual flow of mail from viewers covers a pretty wide swath of programming offered by PBS.

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The Mailbag: More on the Issue of Cops, Killing and Race

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The mail keeps coming from viewers engaged with the powerful, important and controversial drama that has unfolded in recent weeks from Ferguson, Mo., to Cleveland, Ohio, to Staten Island, N.Y.

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The Mailbag: More Reaction to Ferguson Coverage

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Viewers, not unexpectedly, continue to be stirred by news coverage of the grand jury decision on Nov. 24 in the killing of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., and by coverage of the aftermath of that decision.

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The Mailbag: Reactions to the Reaction

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As expected, the aftermath of the grand jury decision Monday night in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., has stirred up controversy, violence, emotion and lots of opinion.

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The Mailbag: Rocky and Race, and the Gruber ‘Connection’

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Two segments on the PBS NewsHour in the past 10 days or so made some viewers—most probably Republicans but maybe others as well—jump up and down, and then sit down and send emails to me crying foul.

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Ben Bradlee: a Very Special Person

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Loving the boss is not an emotion generally found in the newsroom of a big metropolitan daily newspaper filled with cranky reporters and editors.

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Brooks & Son: An Unofficial Disclosure

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I’m telling my readers, in case some of them haven’t heard, that David Brooks, the well-known New York Times columnist who also is a...

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Et Tu, Harper’s?

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One of the interesting things that I’ve observed in my several years as ombudsman here is that among organizations that devote all or a fair amount of their efforts to critically appraising the media...

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