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Jul 23 2015

NPR Ombud Responds on FAIR Commentary Study

'Somewhat arbitrary,' though pretty much 'what NPR already knows'

NPR ombud Elizabeth Jensen (photo: James Wrona/NPR)

National Public Radio ombud Elizabeth Jensen responds to FAIR’s study of NPR commentary, saying, “I find the specific numbers in the study somewhat arbitrary, even though the broad sweep of its conclusions pretty much echo what NPR already knows.”

Jul 02 2015

NPR Ombud Responds on ‘All-Corporate Lobbyist’ Alert

Report not as one-sided as FAIR claimed, Jensen said--but opposition voice would have strengthened it

Obama signing Fast Track (Photo SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Elizabeth Jensen talked to Neal Carruth, a senior editor on NPR’s business desk, who said that had the piece by Yuki Noguchi been longer, it “could have devoted more space to the opposition’s views regarding the business community’s win.” But, he said, “the piece did not ignore the opposition.”

May 05 2015

Chuck Todd Responds: Looking at Whether Meet the Press Mentioned Sanders or Not Is ‘Arbitrary’

@MTP: Long Odds for Bernie

Meet the Press host Chuck Todd responded to a complaint about his failure to mention Sen. Bernie Sanders’ announcement that he was running for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Aug 21 2014

NYT Responds on Torture

Public editor sees FAIR's point on Amnesty report


New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan responded to a FAIR Action Alert by saying that she agreed coverage of an Amnesty International report about US torture in Afghanistan “would have benefited Times readers.”

Nov 21 2013

CNN Doubles Down on Pro-Nuclear Bias

Answers petitions, critics, with more slanted commentary

NRDC's Dale Bryk provides the only voice of skepticism on CNN's nuclear roundtable following the network's airing of pro-nuke documentary Pandora's Promise.

FAIR and RootsAction presented CNN with a petition signed by over 27,000 activists, demanding the news network present a more balanced discussion of the nuclear power issue. CNN responded by compounding the bias with a post-show roundtable, Nuclear Power: The Fallout From Fear, that featured a panel just as slanted as its title.

Oct 15 2013

Washington Post OKs Covering Your Spouse’s PR Client

No conflict seen in Jerusalem reporter's husband representing Israel

The Washington Post responded to FAIR’s Action Alert about the Post’s Jerusalem bureau reporter, Ruth Eglash, whose husband’s links to the Israeli government pose a major conflict of interest. But the paper’s response–to the extent that it has any substance at all–seems to misconstrue what a conflict of interest is.

Jun 28 2013

AAM Responds on Funding of Fracking Show

But ombud glosses over conflicts of energy industry sponsors

Fracking tower (cc photo: Helen Slottje)

But ombud glosses over conflicts of energy industry sponsorsAmerica Abroad Media has responded to FAIR‘s recent Action Alert (5/31/13) about the public radio service’s pro-fracking public documentary (4/13) that was backed by funders with a financial interest in promoting natural gas. AAM acknowledged the need for a clearer explanation of fracking’s environmental risks, but unfortunately almost completely ignored the funding conflict in its response. “The action alert from FAIR generated 477 emails from FAIR supporters, at the time of this writing,” AAM ombud Jeffrey Dvorkin reported (6/5/13). (Twenty-five of those messages were shared in the comments section of this FAIR […]

Feb 04 2013

PBS Ombud, Nova Disagree on Drone Disclosure

Lockheed funding a 'problem for PBS'


PBS ombud Michael Getler agrees with FAIR that the recent Nova special on drones that was underwritten by Lockheed Martin–a major military contractor and drone manufacturer–violates PBS funding guidelines.