Interview with the Ombudswoman at NPR

02/23/10 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. When a news organization makes a serious mistake in its reporting - to whom do you turn (as a news consumer) in order to register a complaint? In the case of many large newspapers and electronic media outlets, you turn to an ombudsman. We'll meet the Ombudsman (or in this case the Ombudswoman) for National Public Radio in just a moment.

First up, we're joined by NPR's Ombudsoman Alicia Shepherd.

Contact the NPR ombudsman at (202) 513-3245; or their website.

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Rob, I do not understand how NPR newscasters or the ombudswoman could say the suicide bomber who flew his plane into an IRS building is not a terrorist. The definition of "terrorism" is: "the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes; a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government." Doesn't this apply to the suicide bomber as well as Timothy McVeigh? Does a terrorist have to fit certain demographic? Sincerely, Deborah Rubin