Words such as "we," "our" and "us" are sometimes being used in ways that they shouldn't.
It isn't appropriate, for example, to be discussing U.S. policy about a particular conflict and say "we" support one side over another. We — that is, NPR — report about such policies. We don't make them or endorse them.
A news report isn't the right place to say that "our" civil rights have been violated by the government. That's language for an op-ed.
The Ethics Handbook offers this guidance:
"Strive to use words and phrases that accurately deliver information without taking sides on emotional or political issues."
"We," "our" and "us" can create the impression that a reporter has taken sides.
In some cases, the right substitute is as simple as "Americans" or "taxpayers." Other times, it might be a couple words, such as "U.S. forces" or "the administration."
Remember, "there's no cheering in the press box."