Your complaints are heard. Or at least those of some of us. The NPR newsroom announced today that it will no longer refer on-air to the president as "Mr." in second references. The current president and his successors will be called by their last name, like the rest of us. But his wife is still "Mrs." And when there is a woman president? Oh, the gender conundrums.
They are the subject of the fiscal cliff drama, and we find that the favored phrase by NPR reporters and hosts covering the negotiations is to call them "the wealthy." Some listeners rightfully object. However, alternatives such as "job creators" are also inaccurate and political.
Metaphors can be great for framing the urgency of a problem, but what do you do when the image isn't accurate? If you are the president or a Republican Congressional leader, you keep hammering with the metaphor anyway. It's all Ben Bernanke's fault.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on Feb. 29, 2012 and adds the phrase "fiscal cliff" to the national lexicon.
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Only the president of the United States is given the respect on air of being called "Mister" or by his office title in second references. I hereby announce on this election day that whoever wins, the honorific be dumped come the January inauguration. It's not just a matter of journalistic fairness. It's a matter of being American.
It's an insult that some Republicans repeat with glee, but complaints that NPR reporters have themselves indulged in referring to the 'Democrat Party' have so far proven to be untrue. Fortunately, your ombudsman is not a political reporter, or FDR would be turning in his grave.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden accepted renomination at the DNC in Charlotte. It is considered an insult to call their party the "Democrat Party."
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Occasionally a word that was once a "no-no" finds itself in our everyday lexicon. The problem for editors is deciding just when a word has become respectable. The latest debate is over "ass." We're undecided. What do you think?
NPR aired a review of "The Expendables 2" calling it a violent but thought provoking film. One listener took offense to the language used to describe its powerhouse of superstars.
A recent music review sought to describe the Peruvian sound of the Brooklyn band Chicha Libre. Some listeners, however, didn't find the "lowlife" description funny. The reporter and producer apologize.
A woman serves a glass of 'Chicha' to a client in the village of Pisaq near Cuzco, Peru. Chicha is a local alcoholic beverage made from sprouted or germinated corn.
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Paul Delaney, Mike Honda, Rhonda Levaldo Janet Murguía, Charles Murray and Michael Schudson give their views on how NPR is doing against different measures. They respond with insight, frustration and even humor. The goal is for NPR to sound like America.
A Morning Edition interview about an anti-abortion movie labeled a "Christian" film provoked a backlash from progressive Christians. But what do you do when that is the name of the genre and politically conservative Christians appear to have a lock on the Christian name? What is a Christian anyway, and what do they believe? Oh, and what would Jesus do?