Ombudsman's Report: May 2002

Highlights:

  • E-mails to the ombudsman have increased almost 14 percent from the previous quarter to a record of 13,668.
  • 65 percent (8,869) of the e-mails concern NPR's coverage of the Middle East.
  • 56 percent (4,964) of the Middle East e-mails accuse NPR of a pro-Palestinian bias.
  • 12 percent (1,064) of the Middle East e-mails are from self-identified groups. Most claim to be from individuals.
  • 72 e-mails commented on the Yiddish Radio Project.
  • 78 e-mails protested NPR's changes to its cultural programming.

E-mail by subject:

Ombudsman column 419
Accuracy 97
Bias (left/right) 111
CAMERA 21
Corrections 75
Journalistic ethics 45
General information 554
Hoaxes 145
Ideas/commentaries 713
Inquiries/investigations 62
Legal/permissions 237
LPFM 1
Middle East 8,869
NPR/hosts/programs 2,088
NPR changes 78
NPR online 12
Politics 4
Station issues 92
Underwriting 45
   
Total 13,668

Jeffrey Dvorkin
Office of the Ombudsman
May 6, 2002