NPR Ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos' massive report
on an investigative series NPR broadcast in 2011 "sets up an unfair challenge to NPR
," Poynter's Kelly McBride tells NPR's David Folkenflik.
"Because, if he wants to do a column about why they chose this story instead of that story, then he should do that column. But he essentially does both in this very long report."
NPR's top news management "recused themselves from the preparation of this article about the dispute between the network and the ombudsman over the investigative series," Folkenflik writes. The reporters and editors behind the series "declined to respond on the record to most of the points" in Schumacher-Matos' report, he wrote. "NPR stands by the stories
," Kinsey Wilson (who is on Poynter's board of trustees) and Margaret Low Smith wrote in an editors' note.
"It's very possible, in an investigative story, to get certain facts wrong but still have the overall truth be quite accurate," McBride tells Folkenflik. "And I'm not saying that's an excuse because when that happens it's incredibly unfortunate and even irresponsible on the part of journalists." (more...)