Ombudsman's Report: July 2003
- 17,185 e-mails received since March 2003 related to public radio and NPR issues.
- Criticism of NPR's Middle East coverage continues to decline but remains constant among many listeners.
- NPR's coverage of the war in Iraq was the dominant issue.
- Anti-war listener complaints outnumbered pro-war listener complaints at a ratio of more than 3:1.
- Comments about NPR's political coverage increased 600 percent from the previous report in March 2003, from 31 to 192.
- Complaints about NPR's political bias have increased 100 percent, from 482 to 847. Most of these accuse NPR of a liberal bias.
- Dramatic increase in comments about the programs and the hosts. These are not necessarily complaints.
- Decline in concerns and complaints about underwriting/funding and pledge drives.
- A local underwriting issue (see below "Rutherford") evoked a strong write-in campaign.
E-mail by subject
|Ombudsman's website column||425|
|General Inquiries (tapes, transcripts)||613|
|Middle East coverage||1,906|
|Middle East history series||2|
Office of the Ombudsman
July 2, 2003