Ombudsman's Report: October 2004

Highlights

  • 36,550 emails received since July 2004.
  • NPR's election coverage has elicited many responses -- both left and right.
  • Bob Edwards' departure still evokes responses from many listeners.
  • NPR's Middle East coverage remains problematic for some listeners.

E-mail by subject

Ombudsman's Web site column 3004
Accuracy 95
Bias (left/right) 477
Corrections to programs 34
General information (tapes, transcripts) 1174
Hoaxes 230
Story ideas/commentaries 514
Ideas/Suggestions/Commentaries 371
Ombudsman's inquiries 490
Legal (permissions, ref. to General Counsel) 68
LPFM 4
Middle East 1902
NPR/hosts/program comments 10762
Bob Edwards 10581
O'Reilly vs Gross 19
NPR Online 227
Political coverage (general comments) 1621
Anti-Bush 213
Anti-Kerry 134
Gay Marriage 15
Criticisms of NPR as too Conservative 2606
Criticisms of NPR as too Liberal 731
Nader 9
John Ridley/swing voter 141
Station Issues 332
Underwriting/funding 207
Kroc 3
Wal-Mart 302
Total 36550

Jeffrey Dvorkin
Office of the Ombudsman
October 15, 2004