Edward Schumacher-Matos http://krwg.org en Fairness In Covering Israel And The Palestinians: The End Of An Accounting http://krwg.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 58152 at http://krwg.org Fairness In Covering Israel And The Palestinians: The End Of An Accounting The Patriotism Of NPR And Its Sponsor Al Jazeera America http://krwg.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. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:28:47 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 49865 at http://krwg.org The Patriotism Of NPR And Its Sponsor Al Jazeera America What We Hear When NPR Refers To 'Obamacare' http://krwg.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. Sat, 07 Sep 2013 22:39:10 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 49167 at http://krwg.org What We Hear When NPR Refers To 'Obamacare' Open Forum http://krwg.org/post/open-forum 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 20:45:17 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 49115 at http://krwg.org Open Forum Regional Bias And How NPR Covers America http://krwg.org/post/regional-bias-and-how-npr-covers-america It is a persistent complaint among listeners: NPR has a regional bias, and it favors the East and West coasts.<p>"It is past time that NPR relocated its headquarters away from Washington, D.C.," admonished Gregory Elmes, a professor at West Virginia University, where he teaches geology and, fittingly, geography. "Somewhere like St. Louis, Mo. or Denver, Co. might provide your reporters, analysts and hosts with a wider perspective representative of a much broader sweep of the United States."<p>And so I decided to wade into the data weeds to see just how true the complaint might be. Sat, 20 Jul 2013 15:02:08 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 45883 at http://krwg.org Regional Bias And How NPR Covers America