Monday, May 30, 2005

Ombudsmen Strike a Blow for Bias

Today the New York Times discusses a controversy at an organization I didn't even know existed, the "Organization of News Ombudsmen." Seems ONO is up in arms because the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has decided to appoint two ombudsmen. ONO, the Times said, "questioned their independence."

As discussed on CAMERA's Snapshots blog today, ONO is carrying water for its president, Jeffrey Dvorkin, whose own work as ombudsman of National Public Radio is to be examined by the two new CPB ombudsmen.

The word for this is "conflict of interest." Goodness gracious! Isn't that something ombudsmen are supposed to oppose?

The reason CPB had to appoint two ombudsmen was that Dvorkin did a lousy job, particularly when it came to pervasive anti-Israel bias in NPR broadcasts. That was conclusively proven in a CAMERA report that is, incidentally, nowhere mentioned in the Times report. Instead the Times cites a self-serving report by NPR which found that " viewers and listeners do not share those perceptions" of bias.

This ONO is really a laugh a minute. The "incoming president" is the notoriously comatose reader's representative of the Fleet Street snot rag The Guardian, who imperiously intones that "the nature of ONO could be changed by a flood of inappropriate members." No! We can't have that. Better to have "appropriate members" employed by parodies of journalism such as his employer.