Ombudsman's Report: July 2004

Highlights

  • 27,388 emails received since February.
  • New hosts at Morning Edition and Bob Edwards' reassignment produced strong audience response.
  • The Middle East still evokes audience concerns.
  • Listener comments on NPR's political coverage/bias accusations continue.
  • Specific event coverage (Reagan funeral, religion series) has provoked audience response.

E-mail by subject

Ombudsman's Web site column 1,530
Accuracy 21
Bias 268
Gross/O'Reilly 20
General inquiries (tapes, transcripts) 431
Internet Hoaxes 32
Ombudsman's inquiries 69
Ideas/Suggestions/Commentaries 371
Kroc Bequest 3
Ethics Guide 24
Legal 46
LPFM 1
Middle East 1,601
NPR/hosts/program comments 2,143
Bob Edwards 15,817
'Passion' satire 129
Religion series 263
Online 163
Politics (general) 460
Too liberal 496
Too conservative 2,243
Station issues 199
Pres. Reagan coverage and funeral 626
Underwriting/funding/pledge drives 255
Wal-Mart 177
Total 27,388

Jeffrey Dvorkin
Office of the Ombudsman
January 30, 2004