Ombudsman's Report: January 2005

Highlights

  • 12,876 emails received since Oct. 15, 2004
  • Many comments are about perceived changes/declines in program quality.
  • No one story has generated strong responses, but the Middle East and NPR's perceived bias (both pro and con) on the war in Iraq continues.

E-mail by subject

Ombudsman's Web site column 1021
Accuracy 2
Bias (left/right) 95
Corrections to programs 18
General information (tapes, transcripts) 563
Hoaxes 202
Story ideas/commentaries 634
Investigative journalism 45
Ombudsman's inquiries 202
Legal (permissions, ref. to General Counsel) 50
LPFM 7
Middle East 670
NPR/hosts/program comments 5322
Armstrong Williams 73
Bob Edwards 218
Hidden Kitchens 15
David Sedaris 82
Tavis Smiley 292
Online 202
Politics 596
Anti-Bush 264
Anti-Kerry 59
Election coverage 390
Criticisms of NPR as too leftwing 210
Critiques that NPR is too rightwing 484
Pro-Bush 79
Pro-Kerry 280
John Ridley 3
Station Issues 176
Underwriting/funding 81
Kroc 2
Wal-Mart 79
   

Jeffrey Dvorkin
Office of the Ombudsman
October 15, 2004