Accuracy in Media

A group of NPR journalists and hosts issued an open letter to listeners saying that they were “appalled” by Ron Schiller’s comments and that they “have done real damage to NPR.”

The full text of the letter from Romenesko:

An Open Letter from Journalists at NPR News . . .

Dear Listeners and Supporters,

We, and our colleagues at NPR News, strive every day to bring you the highest quality news programs possible. So, like you, we were appalled by the offensive comments made recently by NPR’s now former Senior Vice President for Development. His words violated the basic principles by which we live and work: accuracy and open-mindedness, fairness and respect.

Those comments have done real damage to NPR. But we’re confident that the culture of professionalism we have built, and the journalistic values we have upheld for the past four decades, will prevail. We are determined to continue bringing you the daily journalism that you’ve come to expect and rely upon: fair, fact-based, in-depth reporting from at home and around the world.

With your support we have no doubt NPR will come out of this difficult period stronger than ever.

Thank you,
Robert Siegel
Michele Norris
Melissa Block
Renee Montagne
Scott Simon
Liane Hansen
Guy Raz
Michel Martin
Neal Conan
Susan Stamberg
Nina Totenberg
Linda Wertheimer
Daniel Zwerdling
John Ydstie
Richard Harris
Tom Gjelten
Howard Berkes
Mike Shuster
Laura Sullivan
Lynn Neary
Jacki Lyden
Mara Liasson

That’s great that these journalists and hosts are expressing their voice in unison, condemning Schiller’s remarks, but they didn’t go far enough in my opinion. One thing that should be noted is that they took great pains to describe the reporting as fair, fact based and accurate but left out the word unbiased. That apparently is one word that isn’t in their vocabulary.





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