Ombuds News Round Up

PBS Ombudsman Agrees NewsHour Slighted 'Fascinating' Climategate E-Mails
PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler agreed with conservative letter-writers that the NewsHour covered Climategate "lightly and well after the fact," even though he expressed the standard liberal belief that the "overwhelming" evidence is on the man-made dramatic warming side, and there's a "danger of establishing false equivalence" -- in other words, the liberals have more truth on their side.

But in a letter solicited from Getler, NewsHour senior producer Murrey Jacobson refused to admit any imbalance...

Read more [here]


Judge names Houston attorney to monitor company
DALLAS — A Houston lawyer will serve as a court-appointed ombudsman to monitor a venerable Texas company that has been cited for discriminating against black employees....
The plaintiffs' attorney, Tim Garrigan of Nacogdoches, said the appointment of an ombudsman is significant.
"These remedial orders have been a long time in coming," Garrigan said, "but we're hopeful they will make Lufkin a better place to work."

Has anyone ever heard of a judge appointing an ombuds to a company before? Read the article [here]


ESPN Ombudsman Comments On Tiger Woods Coverage
News judgments are incredibly difficult when dealing with a situation such as the Woods melodrama. Do too little, and ESPN is accused of covering up. Do too much, and it's perceived to be character assassination. ESPN's handling of Woods on "SportsCenter" and other news and opinion programs can be debated, but it appeared the network tried to walk the line between satisfying the audience's inquisitiveness about the self-destruction of arguably the world's most famous athlete and trying to avoid the trap of sensationalism. There were exceptions, but in general the network covered problematic subject matter seriously, avoided rampant speculation and provided context.
...Some of ESPN's coverage decisions -- such as playing the 911 call about Woods' mother-in-law fainting, using a quote on The Bottom Line from one of Woods' neighbors that left the impression the golfer was drunk, and relying on the National Enquirer and TMZ as sources -- should raise eyebrows.
Read the full article [here] (note, I added the bold).


Colbert to serve as Olympic oval 'ombudsman'
Stephen Colbert announced Thursday he'll travel to Richmond to accept the city's offer to become the official Richmond Olympic Oval ombudsman during the 2010 Winter Games.
"I have no idea what an ombudsman is, but as long as it requires no effort from me, I proudly accept," Colbert told his TV viewers.

Colbert, host of the Colbert Report...
Read more [here]


Ombudsman critical of handling of drug evidence
The Victorian Ombudsman has tabled a highly critical report about the handling of drug exhibits at the Victoria Police Forensic Services Centre.
...The report, tabled in State Parliament today has found that mismanagement and a lack of accountability create an environment in which corruption may go unnoticed.
The report says for the last 15 years, there has been no full independent audit of drug holdings at the Victoria Police Forensic Services Centre.

Read more [here]

UN Security Council Creates Ombudsman Office
I wrote earlier this week on this topic, read the post [here].

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