Letters: Our Fine-Furred Friends?

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Jennifer Ludden reads from recent mail from listeners. Comments include a concern that the media is pulling its punches with the Bush administration. Two corrections: penguins do not have fur, despite the fact that their feathers can look furry. And Jim Cummings provided the voice for Tigger in Tigger: The Movie.


Now your letters. Patsy Rahn(ph) wrote to comment on my June 19th interview with Tom Rosenstiel about whether the mainstream media has been pulling its punches on stories with an anti-Bush administration edge. Ms. Rahn says, `The press, including NPR, has. Afraid of criticism by the administration, the press fails to critically report and analyze information,' she writes. `And even worse , the press manages to not only neglect its duty, but insult itself by claiming following the herd, regardless of truth, is a valid form of honest reporting. Please sing the following: Shame, shame, shame on you.'

Ruth Shaefer(ph) of Attleboro, Massachusetts, wrote about our June 18th story on digital television. She says she resents having to spend more on a TV or tuner to get digital service she doesn't really want and adds, `Of course, if broadcast television continues its journey toward total inanity, I may become a satellite radio subscriber so I can have NPR strong and clear wherever I go and forego TV altogether.'

Finally, a couple of corrections. Last weekend, we made an error in our report about "March of the Penguins," a new feature documentary. We said that during the incubation period for a new penguin egg, quote, "The egg stays perched atop the female penguin's feet under a flap of fur," end quote. Well, many of you rightly pointed out that penguins don't have fur. Unlike most other birds, penguins' feathers are frequently described as looking like fur.

In an unrelated story of talking animals last weekend, we incorrectly described the late talk-over artist Paul Winchell as the only voice for the character Tigger in Walt Disney's "Winnie the Pooh" movies. Winchell's was the original voice of the character and he did a number of Pooh movies, but Jim Cummings provided the voice for Tigger in "Tigger: The Movie" in 2000.

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