Archive: 2016

How Do You Say ‘Oy Vey’ in Greek?

Last Updated by Michael Getler on

A Greek ‘invention’ that turns tap water into power gets a cold bath from NewsHour viewers.

Read More

The Climate Is Changing. Will NOVA?

Last Updated by Michael Getler on

NOVA now discussing a future program on “Is Climate Change Real?” Is that for real?

Read More

The Mailbag: The Challenge of Challenging

Posted by Michael Getler on

Two interviews on the NewsHour illustrate the challenge of on-air challenging.

Read More

Real News about Fake News

Posted by Michael Getler on

Much better late than never for the NewsHour on “Pizzagate.”

Read More

The NewsHour Did Okay. In Fact, Quite Well

Posted by Michael Getler on

Some thoughts about PBS and an electoral surprise.

Read More

To Gwen Ifill. From Viewers Like Us: ‘Eternal Thanks’

Last Updated by Michael Getler on

Gwen Ifill resides in the hearts of many PBS viewers.

Read More

Diamonds in the Rough

Posted by Michael Getler on

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

Read More

Endings: A No-Show and a Shout-Out

Posted by Michael Getler on

A Clinton spokesperson fails to show up and a hooray for an all-women panel brings some mail to the ombudsman.

Read More

The Mailbag: Some Choice Words for ‘The Choice’

Posted by Michael Getler on

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

Read More

Fiddler in the Roots

Last Updated by Michael Getler on

An episode of Finding Your Roots is withdrawn. Here is what happened.

Read More

Search Ombudsman Archive

ABOUT THE OMBUDSMAN
As ombudsman, Michael Getler serves as an independent internal critic within PBS. He reviews commentary and criticism from viewers and seeks to ensure that PBS upholds its own standards of editorial integrity. Read More >
SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS
Have a comment related to the journalistic integrity of PBS content? Send an E-mail to Michael Getler or contact him at 703-739-5290.
 
The ombudsman does not replace viewers' long-standing ability to contact stations, producers and PBS.
 
If you have a comment related to PBS website design or user experience, please contact the Audience Services team.

RECENT POSTS

The Mailbag: When to Quiet Down and When Not to

A brawl on the NewsHour? What is the world coming to?

A Trivial But Disturbing (To Me) Technique

When older segments reappear, "encore report" and "second look" don’t do it for me.

‘The Press’ Is Doing Its Job

An old bumper sticker may still tell us something.

The Mailbag: Viewers Like You and Guests Like Him

Another Trump official riles up NewsHour viewers

E-mail Update

Sign up to receive an E-mail notification when new columns are published.

Your E-mail address:

Unsubscribe from E-mail update.