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.”
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'Somewhat arbitrary,' though pretty much 'what NPR already knows'
Report not as one-sided as FAIR claimed, Jensen said--but opposition voice would have strengthened it
Public editor sees FAIR's point on Amnesty report
Answers petitions, critics, with more slanted commentary
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.
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.
But ombud glosses over conflicts of energy industry sponsors
America 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 Blog post.) The flood of reader messages prompted […]