Friday Feedback for March 8, 2013
Listeners Nick and David both take issue with NPR, though for different reasons. Nick, who has written to us about Israel before, wrote:
Mar 5 on NPR news [reporter Linda] Kellerman had to gall to ask Secretary Kerry if giving money to Egypt, during this time of austerity is a good thing. I state that Ms. Kellerman has the gall to ask, because she never once asked anyone about our giving well over $3billlion dollars a year, for decades, to the 20th to 23rd richest country in the world. That country is Israel. Isn't it time that Israel was stopped from [draining] the American taxpayer? I appreciate that Ms. Kellerman is an Israeli shrill [sic], but isn't she supposed to be a reporter first? Ms. Kellerman should be fired if she cannot be unbiased, balanced, and objective. Though with this criteria, NPR would probably have to fire 90% of it's reporters, commentators, and supposed experts on the Middle East.
Listener David sent us a copy of a letter he wrote to President Obama recently along with an op-ed column he wrote for the Raleigh News and Observer in 2006, after the death of his wife, a non-smoker, from lung cancer. He sent me a copy of this material because of underwriting on NPR by the for-profit Cancer Treatment Centers of America. He writes:
This company offers and promotes on television their services for patients and conveys the impression that successful treatment and survival is a normal expectation from their therapy. I believe this simplistic promotion dangerously misleads the public into believing that CTCA offers unique goods and/or services to successfully treat cancer in humans.
David cites the example of his wife, who lived for 5 years, 9 months and 23 days after diagnosis and hence is statistically considered a survivor. David, please accept our condolences on your loss. Thank you for writing.
A number of listeners have made inquiry about Jemila Ericson. Jemila has been absent from the air during her classical shift for several weeks to care for a family member. We hope to hear Jemila a bit during our upcoming fund drive, but in the meantime we’ve been relying on a changing cast of our regular staff members, some part-timers and some new voices. Listener ginger88 posted on our website:
Jennifer Montague is a breath of fresh air [on Morning Edition]! I hope we hear much more hosting from her! Asia Brown would also be a good replacement for Jemila Erickson. Of course Bob Workmon is a long time favorite.
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