Edward Schumacher-Matos http://publicradioeast.org en Race At NPR And The End Of 'Tell Me More' http://publicradioeast.org/post/race-npr-and-end-tell-me-more Hundreds of listeners have written passionately to protest NPR's decision to shut down its talk show dedicated to themes of diversity, <em>Tell Me More</em>, come August 1.<p>As Andrea Zoss of Rochester, Minn, fumed:<p><blockquote><p>I find it shocking that such an important platform for talking about race, ethnicity, and gender issues, is being yanked off the air. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 00:36:00 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 45144 at http://publicradioeast.org Race At NPR And The End Of 'Tell Me More' Open Forum http://publicradioeast.org/post/open-forum-8 You're invited to use this space to discuss media, policy and NPR's journalism. We'll follow the conversation and share it with the newsroom.<p>Please stay within the <a href="http://help.npr.org/npr/consumer/kbdetail.asp?kbid=184">community discussion</a> rules, among them:<p><ul><p><li><strong>If you can't be polite, don't say it</strong>: ...please try to disagree without being disagreeable. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:22:00 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 43871 at http://publicradioeast.org Open Forum Open Forum http://publicradioeast.org/post/open-forum-7 You're invited to use this space to discuss media, policy and NPR's journalism. We'll follow the conversation and share it with the newsroom.<p>Please stay within the <a href="http://help.npr.org/npr/consumer/kbdetail.asp?kbid=184">community discussion</a> rules, among them:<p><ul><p><li><strong>If you can't be polite, don't say it</strong>: ...please try to disagree without being disagreeable. Wed, 14 May 2014 15:01:00 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 41342 at http://publicradioeast.org Open Forum Open Forum http://publicradioeast.org/post/open-forum-6 You're invited to use this space to discuss media, policy and NPR's journalism. We'll follow the conversation and share it with the newsroom.<p>Please stay within the <a href="http://help.npr.org/npr/consumer/kbdetail.asp?kbid=184">community discussion</a> rules, among them:<p><ul><p><li><strong>If you can't be polite, don't say it</strong>: ...please try to disagree without being disagreeable. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:37:00 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 38876 at http://publicradioeast.org Open Forum Ethics, Morality And A Ticking Clock For How To Report On The R**skins http://publicradioeast.org/post/ethics-morality-and-ticking-clock-how-report-rskins <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR-tbOxlhvE</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:08:00 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 36849 at http://publicradioeast.org Ethics, Morality And A Ticking Clock For How To Report On The R**skins Open Forum http://publicradioeast.org/post/open-forum-5 You're invited to use this space to discuss media, policy and NPR's journalism. We'll follow the conversation and share it with the newsroom.<p>Please stay within the <a href="http://help.npr.org/npr/consumer/kbdetail.asp?kbid=184">community discussion</a> rules, among them:<p><ul><p><li><strong>If you can't be polite, don't say it</strong>: ...please try to disagree without being disagreeable. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:57:00 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 36448 at http://publicradioeast.org Open Forum Fairness In Covering Israel And The Palestinians: The End Of An Accounting http://publicradioeast.org/post/fairness-covering-israel-and-palestinians-end-accounting A quarterly review over the past 11 years of NPR's coverage of Israel and the Palestinians—a self-assessment that may be unique in the annals of American journalism—comes to an end with the <a href="http://www.npr.org/news/specials/mideast/statements/Mideast_Q4_2013.pdf" target="_blank">attached last report</a> that finds lack of completeness but strong factual accuracy and no systematic bias.<p>The reviews by John Felton, a former foreign editor working independently under the ombudsman's office, have dissected more than 4,000 stories related to just a single issue, but one that is a hot butt Mon, 20 Jan 2014 03:01:00 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 32399 at http://publicradioeast.org Fairness In Covering Israel And The Palestinians: The End Of An Accounting Open Forum http://publicradioeast.org/post/open-forum-4 You're invited to use this space to discuss media, policy and NPR's journalism. We'll follow the conversation and share it with the newsroom.<p>Please stay within the <a href="http://help.npr.org/npr/consumer/kbdetail.asp?kbid=184">community discussion</a> rules, among them:<p><ul><p><li><strong>If you can't be polite, don't say it</strong>: ...please try to disagree without being disagreeable. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:40:00 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 29502 at http://publicradioeast.org Open Forum Texas Barbecue And Radio Deja Vu All Over Again http://publicradioeast.org/post/texas-barbecue-and-radio-deja-vu-all-over-again In the film "Groundhog Day," the days surrealistically repeat themselves for Bill Murray. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 18:41:00 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 28254 at http://publicradioeast.org Texas Barbecue And Radio Deja Vu All Over Again The Meaning Behind The Panda-monium On NPR http://publicradioeast.org/post/meaning-behind-panda-monium-npr The government shutdown dominated NPR news in October for obvious reason, but listener Kirk Morledge of Middleton, Wis., detected a bias.<p>"Why oh why so many stories about pandas??!!," he wrote. "Who cares? What gives? Why pandas and not baby kangaroos or cute little muskrats?"<p>Out of curiosity, ombudsman intern Bianca Seward did a quick search of NPR's news programs and found that Morledge was right: NPR has run six stories in little more than a month about the giant pandas in Washington's National Zoo. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:28:00 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 27744 at http://publicradioeast.org The Meaning Behind The Panda-monium On NPR A Fair And Balanced Look At Mara Liasson http://publicradioeast.org/post/fair-and-balanced-look-mara-liasson What to do about NPR's national political correspondent <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/1930401/mara-liasson">Mara Liasson</a>?<p>This is a regular issue raised by some NPR listeners who object to Liasson's second role as a contributor to Fox News. They say that she, like Fox, tilts to the right.<p>"Would you please consider letting Mara Liasson go?" wrote listener Michael Duba in what is typical of the several complaints that come in almost every time Liasson does a story. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 22:15:00 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 27259 at http://publicradioeast.org A Fair And Balanced Look At Mara Liasson Open Forum http://publicradioeast.org/post/open-forum-3 You're invited to use this space to discuss media, policy and NPR's journalism. We'll follow the conversation and share it with the newsroom.<p>Please stay within the <a href="http://help.npr.org/npr/consumer/kbdetail.asp?kbid=184">community discussion</a> rules, among them:<p><ul><p><li><strong>If you can't be polite, don't say it</strong>: ...please try to disagree without being disagreeable. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 22:24:00 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 27094 at http://publicradioeast.org Open Forum Open Forum http://publicradioeast.org/post/open-forum-2 You're invited to use this space to discuss media, policy and NPR's journalism. We'll follow the conversation and share it with the newsroom.<p>Please stay within the <a href="http://help.npr.org/npr/consumer/kbdetail.asp?kbid=184">community discussion</a> rules, among them:<p><ul><p><li><strong>If you can't be polite, don't say it</strong>: ...please try to disagree without being disagreeable. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 20:48:00 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 24857 at http://publicradioeast.org Mideast Report: July — Sept., 2013 http://publicradioeast.org/post/mideast-report-july-sept-2013 Former foreign editor John Felton conducts quarterly, independent, reviews of NPR's Israeli-Palestinian coverage. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 17:12:00 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 24826 at http://publicradioeast.org The Patriotism Of NPR And Its Sponsor Al Jazeera America http://publicradioeast.org/post/patriotism-npr-and-its-sponsor-al-jazeera-america Al Jazeera America, the new cable news network owned by the Emirate of Qatar, has been running sponsorship ads on NPR for the last month as part of its launch campaign.<p>Some listeners are upset, accusing NPR of being unpatriotic or naïve. Some add that it also has been unethical. Three NPR stories about the new English-language channel did not mention the sponsorship. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 22:43:00 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 23471 at http://publicradioeast.org The Patriotism Of NPR And Its Sponsor Al Jazeera America What We Hear When NPR Refers To 'Obamacare' http://publicradioeast.org/post/what-we-hear-when-npr-refers-obamacare Three years ago, as ombudsman for <em>The Miami Herald</em>, I wrote a <a href="http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2010/10/obamacare_headline_miami_herald_media_healthcare.php">column</a> criticizing use of the term "Obamacare" in a headline because it had pejorative implications.<p>But I added this kicker at the end:<p><blockquote><p>Word decisions are necessarily subjective. The tone you hear in a word may be different from how I hear it. Has "Obamacare" entered the general vocabulary enough that it has overcome its origins? I don't think so. Fri, 06 Sep 2013 21:52:00 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 22789 at http://publicradioeast.org What We Hear When NPR Refers To 'Obamacare' Open Forum http://publicradioeast.org/post/open-forum-1 You're invited to use this space to discuss media, policy and NPR's journalism. We'll follow the conversation and share it with the newsroom.<p>Please stay within the <a href="http://help.npr.org/npr/consumer/kbdetail.asp?kbid=184">community discussion</a> rules, among them:<p><ul><p><li><strong>If you can't be polite, don't say it</strong>: ...please try to disagree without being disagreeable. Fri, 06 Sep 2013 20:20:00 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 22771 at http://publicradioeast.org Open Forum S. Dakota Indian Foster Care: Listening To Your Responses http://publicradioeast.org/post/s-dakota-indian-foster-care-listening-your-responses <strong><a href="#Updated Aug. 30, 2013 at 5 p.m."><em>Updated Aug. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 18:11:00 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 21039 at http://publicradioeast.org S. Dakota Indian Foster Care: Listening To Your Responses S. Dakota Indian Foster Care 1: Investigative Storytelling Gone Awry http://publicradioeast.org/post/s-dakota-indian-foster-care-1-investigative-storytelling-gone-awry In October 2011, NPR aired a three-part investigative series by <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/4624985/laura-sullivan">reporter Laura Sullivan</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/122620009/amy-walters">producer Amy Walters</a> alleging abuses in the foster care system for Native American children in South Dakota. With a mix of statements by the reporter and much innuendo, the series unmistakably alleges that the state's Department of Social Services was systematically removing Indian children from their families in order to collect federal reimbursements. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 23:49:00 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 20737 at http://publicradioeast.org S. Dakota Indian Foster Care 1: Investigative Storytelling Gone Awry S. Dakota Indian Foster Care 2: Abuse In Taking Children From Families? http://publicradioeast.org/post/s-dakota-indian-foster-care-2-abuse-taking-children-families <strong><em>The Allegation: Indian children are being forcibly removed from their families and put into foster care at high rates that reflect widespread or systematic abuse by the state Department of Social Services.</em></strong><p>The best case in defense of the NPR series on Indian foster care in South Dakota is in the first hearing of the story. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 23:47:00 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 20738 at http://publicradioeast.org S. Dakota Indian Foster Care 2: Abuse In Taking Children From Families?