PBS Ombudsman Says PBS Anchor Should Have Avoided Sebelius-Honoring Ev

April 20th, 2012 11:51 PM
My Wednesday blog on PBS anchor Gwen Ifill emceeing a gay group's fundraiser that honored HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for implementing ObamaCare drew some attention across the web, including The Washington Post and The Huffington Post. WashPost media blogger Erik Wemple looked askance at the PBS star's appearance of a conflict of interest. But the strongest response came from PBS ombudsman…

PBS Cites Piece Hitting Obama from Left as Evidence of No Liberal Slan

July 31st, 2010 11:22 PM
PBS recently responded to accusations of a liberal slant to its July 23 Need to Know program which featured satirist Andy Borowitz making fun of Sarah Palin’s intelligence as the show's executive director Shelley Lewis claimed that, because the previous week's episode had featured a segment that was critical of President Obama, the program in reality has been balanced in going after political…

PBS Ombud Slaps Tavis Smiley's Wrist Over 'Christian Terrorism' Commen

June 2nd, 2010 2:03 PM
PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler on Tueday addressed Tavis Smiley's claim that Christian terrorists commit far more violence than Muslim ones. Smiley also issued a statement that defended his comments, though it misrepresented what those comments actually were. "I don't think he made his case, or even came close," Getler said. He rightfully noted that the 2000 Columbine massacre, Smiley's only…

PBS Ombudsman Agrees NewsHour Slighted 'Fascinating' Climategate E-Mai

December 21st, 2009 8:11 AM

Sesame Street Jokes Fox News Is 'Trashy'; PBS Ombudsman Says It Was Wr

November 9th, 2009 6:58 AM

PBS Ombudsman Raps Anti-Palin Wisecrack

September 19th, 2008 9:33 PM
On PBS's Web site today, ombudsman Michael Getler writes of complaints over an incident during last Sunday's pledge drive.  He describes the cheap shot taken by actor Mike Farrell against vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin:According to Joseph Campbell, vice president of fundraising programs, here's what happened:

PBS Fans Insist White Men -- A 'Herd of Bulls' -- Can't Do News

September 1st, 2008 11:06 PM

PBS and NY Times In House Watchdogs Bark at 'Soft' Wright Coverage

May 5th, 2008 7:54 PM
“Mainstream media coverage of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright has drawn a round of barking from some of their own in-house watchdogs,” FNC's Brit Hume noted in his Monday night “Grapevine” segment. Hume started by highlighting how PBS ombudsman Michael Getler criticized the soft approach of Bill Moyers in his interview with Wright: “Inflammatory, and inaccurate, statements that Moyers himself laid…