Edward Schumacher-Matos http://kenw.org en Christians: Who Are The 78 Percent? http://kenw.org/post/christians-who-are-78-percent Last week we <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/ombudsman/2012/03/30/149717982/christian-is-not-synonymous-with-conservative">explored</a> whether the word Christian has come to be synonymous with conservative. It seems to be in the entertainment and news industries. But Christians, who make up more than 78 percent of Americans, have a wide spectrum of political views and ideologies, and many responded thoughtfully. In the interest of both accuracy and fostering national comity, what follows are some of those comments. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 01:49:19 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 9556 at http://kenw.org Christians: Who Are The 78 Percent? Round Two: News and NPR's Sponsors http://kenw.org/post/round-two-news-and-nprs-sponsors <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/ombudsman/2012/03/16/148778815/an-impossible-standard-when-npr-covers-its-sponsors">My recent post</a> about acknowledgment of sponsors in news reports provoked hundreds of responses and a lively debate on the blog and on Facebook. Some made me squirm and go back to read what I wrote. Almost all <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/87079976/Listener-Comments-Sponsorship">the responses</a> were sharp and smart, as one would expect from NPR readers and listeners. So, I thought I might summarize some of the main objections and try to answer them here.<p><p><em>1. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 22:11:45 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 9141 at http://kenw.org Round Two: News and NPR's Sponsors The Cost of Fear: The Framing of a Fukushima Report http://kenw.org/post/cost-fear-framing-fukushima-report This month marks the one-year anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. We keep learning more about what happened and why. New questions also are raised.<p>As part of NPR's <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/134592647/explainers-inside-japans-nuclear-crisis">on-going coverage</a> of the situation in Japan, science correspondent Richard Harris reported that the emotional trauma caused by the massive earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor meltdowns will likely have a greater negative impact on the population than radiation exposure. Fri, 16 Mar 2012 15:42:20 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 8460 at http://kenw.org The Cost of Fear: The Framing of a Fukushima Report An Introduction To NPR's New Ethics Handbook http://kenw.org/post/introduction-nprs-new-ethics-handbook Over the coming days and weeks, I will be doing a series of posts related to the new NPR Ethics Handbook. But let me introduce you to it first, if you haven't seen news articles on the handbook.<p>I have made a permanent home for a copy of the handbook on the Ombudsman blog, but here it is, too: <a href="http://ethics.npr.org/">http://ethics.npr.org/</a><p>The handbook was unveiled last month after a more than year-long revision process that involved not just the newsroom, but almost all employees of NPR. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 19:30:47 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 8276 at http://kenw.org An Introduction To NPR's New Ethics Handbook Politically Correct: An Aspiration or Pejorative? http://kenw.org/post/politically-correct-aspiration-or-pejorative In criticizing a reporter's use of the term <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/ombudsman/2012/03/01/147727385/the-treadmill-of-stigma-language-and-mental-illnesses">"nutcase"</a> last week, I wrote that "political correctness can surely get out of hand," but not in this case. Readers and editors who responded widely agreed. The pushback came on another term: political correctness.<p>Some readers said my reference to political correctness was itself pejorative. Simply using the term legitimizes the argument that all political correctness is phony and extreme, they said. Thu, 08 Mar 2012 22:00:48 +0000 Edward Schumacher-Matos 8036 at http://kenw.org Politically Correct: An Aspiration or Pejorative?