An episode of the NPR-distributed program “Latino USA” that focused on the campaign of Chicago mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia did not meet standards of fairness and completeness, the public radio network’s editors said Friday.
The editors raised a number of concerns about the hourlong program, which aired four days before the runoff election between Garcia and Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel. They noted that unflattering charges made against Emanuel by his critics stood unchallenged in the episode while nearly no criticism was leveled at Garcia.
Earlier Friday, NPR ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen addressed the concerns raised by listeners and NPR executives, which stemmed from the program’s decision to run the episode just before the election, focus heavily on Garcia’s side of the campaign and include unanswered criticisms of Emanuel’s camp:
The Latino USA production team clearly felt it was important to get the other side.