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The Mailbag: Tavis Smiley, President Obama and Race

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After 2,000 shows on PBS, Tavis Smiley still knows how to stir things up. In the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict, he questions President Obama’s role in combatting racism. That stirs up some viewers and gets the ombudsman’s attention. Continue


The Mailbag: Hey! It’s NBR but Not PBS

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A weeknight fixture for more than 30 years on public broadcasting stations, the Nightly Business Report was bought by cable powerhouse CNBC last month. So far, viewers writing to the ombudsman don’t like the new style and content. Continue


The Mailbag: Ask Not What Larry Can Do For You …

PBS Ombudsman
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The ombudsman writes: “Ask not what Larry can do for you” but what you can do for Larry. Buy his software. That approach got viewers a little exercised this week, along with some other things. Continue


The Mailbag: Did You Need to Know This About Taxes?

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A “Need to Know” look at our tax system through the eyes of four taxpayers, and a brief “ NewsHour” excerpt meant to call attention to the full program, brings some critical viewer attention to both programs. Continue


The Mailbag: Grover, Sonia, the Cliff and the Download

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Viewers say enough already with the fiscal cliff, don’t like giving no-tax Norquist time on the NewsHour, and say a Sesame Street star should keep her opinions to herself. Other than that, it’s pretty quiet. Continue


The Backstory: 10 Years of The Roberts Court

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Washington Week
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As the Supreme Court wrapped up its term this week with major decisions on the Affordable Care Act, same-sex marriage, the death penalty and Congressional redistricting, Chief Justice John Roberts also marked 10 years as the leader of the nine justices. How has Roberts left his mark on the Court in his first decade? Continue


The Mailbag: Viewers React to ‘Roots’ Decision

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Most who wrote to the ombudsman about PBS actions against “Finding Your Roots” series support the program and its host, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Continue


On Flags, Forgiveness and Fairness: Charleston Lessons

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Washington Week
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"Covering a random massacre is tough enough, even from the safe distance of an anchor's chair. But I was born, raised and am still an active member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. My father was a pastor and its general secretary. My brother is an ordained elder." Continue


A CAMERA With the Wrong Focus

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PBS


A pro-Israel media-watch group blasts PBS for bias. But PBS had nothing to do with the allegedly biased program. The ombudsman watches the watch-group. Continue


At War With ‘Obama at War’

PBS Ombudsman
PBS


Frontline captures a reluctant president facing no good choices in Syria, but faces a challenge from an outside critic. The ombudsman airs it out. Continue


Cancer Is ‘Serious Business.’ Is the ‘Documentary’?

PBS Ombudsman
PBS


PBS responds to a program it didn’t distribute as a Colorado station airs another controversial “documentary” during pledge period, this time about a purported cure for some cancers. The ombudsman lets it all hang out. Continue


Drones Are Real. So Are Perceptions.

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PBS Ombudsman
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Lockheed Martin’s role among funders of NOVA’s look at the “Rise of the Drones” gets a rise out of critics and the ombudsman. The program is good, he says, but the funding and transparency not so good. Continue


'This Show Needs To Be Aired Again and Again Until . . .'

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A Frontline investigation about why no Wall Street financiers faced criminal fraud prosecution by the Feds following the 2008 mortgage meltdown brings an interesting suggestion from a viewer. Continue


Michelle Rhee: Reformer, Zealot, Both or Something Else?

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Michelle Rhee, the controversial and high-profile former school chief in Washington, DC, is the subject of a Frontline investigation, with a new interviewee who deepens the controversy over alleged grade tampering. Continue


Gwen's Take: How We See Each Other...and How We Don't

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Washington Week
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"We all bring our own filters to our world. There is nothing wrong with that, especially if we use an appreciation of each other's filters to understand how our complicated and sometimes clashing life experiences define the American idea." Continue


Racist Violence; Hollywood vs. Congress; Freelance Economy

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To The Contrary
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Racist Violence: Author Chloe Angyal's op-ed on white women's passive role in racist attacks. Hollywood vs. Congress: Actress Meryl Streep's call to action for equal rights for women. Freelance Economy: why the head of the Freelancers Union says freelancing is feminist. Panel: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Sabrina Schaeffer, Lara Brown, Rina Shah Bharara Continue


TTC Extra: Supreme Court Says Same-Sex Marriage is a Right

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To The Contrary
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This week the Supreme Court upheld the ruling that will provide health insurance subsidies to all qualifying Americans as well as legalized same sex marriage. Continue


The ‘Finding Your Roots’ Investigation: Deflate-Gates?

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Investigation of ‘Finding Your Roots’ episode with Ben Affleck is completed. PBS finds rules were violated and some stiff correctives are ordered. But is the case closed? Continue


TTC Extra: Charleston Church Shooting & Social Issues

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To The Contrary
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The country is grieving the loss of nine lives after a mass shooting at a historical black church in Charleston, SC. The crime was motivated by hate for African-Americans, according to statements made by the killer himself. The country now looks at the social issues surrounding the tragedy. PANEL: Joseph Jones, Christopher Johnson, David Martosko, Colbert King Continue


State of the World's Fathers; HeForShe; #TheNew10

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To The Contrary
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State of the World's Fathers: This Father's Day, we take a look at a report on how fatherhood is evolving, along with a panel made up of fathers. HeForShe: The progress of the UN's campaign to get men involved in gender equality. #TheNew10: Women will start appearing on $10 bills in 2020. PANEL: Joseph Jones, Christopher Johnson, David Martosko, Colbert King Continue


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