Covering Bernie Sanders

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Covering Bernie Sanders presents problems for TV news, but also for some TV viewers.

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Global Warming, Koch and NOVA

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Have NOVA broadcasts tackled global warming directly? The ombudsman has doubts.

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Bombs Away! Russians Strike ISIS Oil but PBS Gets Blasted

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NewsHour report of U.S. air strikes on ISIS oil network is, unfortunately, illustrated by films from Russian air strikes.

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Unsolved Murders: A Vietnam Battle Still Being Fought in This Country

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Frontline/ProPublica program reopens old wounds of unsolved murders.

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A Bruising Battle in the Schoolyard

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Was a hard-hitting report on charter schools short of hard sources?

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The Mailbag: Heeeeere’s Edward

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Edward Snowden’s appearance on NOVA stirs some viewers.

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When It Comes to Drama, PBS Is Royalty

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The Yanks are coming. An American-produced drama series will soon break into that relentless, decade-long flow of British-only dramas on PBS.

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The Mailbag: Welcome to America

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A NewsHour report on lingering church sexual abuse scandals as the Pope arrives stirs up some viewers.

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The Mailbag: The NewsHour Dominates

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That Ifill “retweet” broke records at the ombudsman’s inbox.

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More Self-Inflicted Wounds

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It’s hard to retreat from a tweet that should never have been sent.

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‘Romney Was Right: Big Bird Heads to HBO’

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Big Bird to HBO, how the deal is being explained and what some viewers think.

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A Brief (Personal) Note About Jimmy Carter

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The ombudsman takes a break from PBS and writes about Jimmy Carter.

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On Sweating the Small Stuff

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When do too few words in a news report alter meaning? Some viewers react.

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The Mailbag: ‘Thief’, ‘Liar’, ‘Old White Men’, Lend Us Your Ears

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Whose voices should be heard in the battle over analyzing the new nuclear agreement with Iran?

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A Few Words About Two Words

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Does “religious prejudice,” or something else, trump economic self-interest?

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