NPR's Ombudsman Deconstructs an NPR Report

Friday, August 16, 2013


Two years ago, NPR aired a heartbreaking series on government failures in child welfare on South Dakota Indian reservations. Earlier this month, NPR Ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos released a comprehensive report on the series, saying that it was deeply flawed and should not have aired. Bob looks at the series and Schumacher-Matos' response.

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Comments [3]

Richard Wexler from Alexandria VA

Yes, the stories had failings, and yes, NPR should have provided a point-by-point response. But the stories were fundamentally sound. In contrast, the Ombudsman's report is fundamentally flawed. The ombudsman's report is likely to do serious harm to vulnerable children in South Dakota and to journalism at NPR. *Our* point-by-point response to the Ombudsman's report is available here

Richard Wexler
Executive Director
National Coalition for Child Protection Reform

Aug. 25 2013 04:14 PM
Mark Richard

NPR has its virtues, but I never believe on the face of it anything I hear from the network when the topics bear on race and gender - which cover a lot of ground at NPR. 'News' is quite often a little liberal civics lesson, usually 'bigotry' vs. 'tolerance', which are the crack cocaine of lazy reporters and editors.

Aug. 20 2013 12:46 PM
Paul McGowan from Austin 90.5 KUT

In retrospect, having heard the original reporting, having been deeply moved by its content, and having come to the opinion that it was a Pulitzer contender; that nothing more was made of the story after its original reporting, now indicates to me that NPR had no faith in its content.

This report by the Ombudsman confirms strengthens that opinion of mine.

NPR is nothing more than a collective of like minded people trying to produce excellent broadcast content. To maintain that excellence its reputation, NPR needs to tell us what it has learned.

Aug. 18 2013 11:43 AM

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