Covering President Trump

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Will a Trump presidency change the press?

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Diamonds in the Rough

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Amid the despair over this election campaign, two PBS programs stand out.

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The Mailbag: Some Choice Words for ‘The Choice’

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Reviewers praise ‘The Choice.’ The ombudsman agrees but some viewers do not.

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The NewsHour’s Superior Coverage of a ‘Desperate Journey’

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The NewsHour gets well-earned recognition for its coverage of the refugee/migration crisis.

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Was ‘Saudi Arabia Uncovered’?

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Frontline gives us a seldom seen look inside Saudi Arabia, and gets a few challenges.

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No Compliments for ‘Supplements’

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Frontline takes a hard look at the role of vitamins and supplements in America. It’s big, and controversial. But do they work?

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Frontline on Bibi and Barack; a Tale of Two Leaders

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Viewers and the ombudsman assess Frontline on Netanyahu and Obama.

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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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At War With ‘Obama at War’

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Frontline’s tough look at Obama’s internal struggles over Syria is challenged by an outsider.

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The Mailbag: A Frontline Challenge and Response

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The CIA’s former top deputy and Frontline square off about the fairness of an investigation.

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The Mailbag: The Guns Go Silent but New ‘Shots’ Are Heard

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The battles over vaccines and gender discrimination continue, but James Baker gets a hug and high marks.

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Gunning for Frontline, Part Two

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The NRA, in an open letter to PBS, challenges Frontline and demands the ombudsman investigate.

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Gunning for Frontline

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Frontline moves beyond the traditional gun debate to provide a valuable report on the NRA’s political smarts and effectiveness. Some viewers on the right still see it as an attack on the NRA, but it also draws some criticism from the left.

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