For over a year, conservatives have been complaining about an instance of bias on NPR that took place in January of 2002. They linked the Traditional Values Coalition to the anthrax attacks, although there was no basis for so doing. A few days after the comment was made, NPR admitted that bringing TVC into the anthrax story was “inappropriate”, but they didn’t apologize. The Traditional Values Coalition and other conservative groups continued to complain about it. E.g., at a Congressoinal hearing last July:
“In a story broadcast on Morning Edition on Jan. 22, 2002, National Public Radio said it had called the Traditional Values Coalition to ask if that group had been contacted by the FBI, investigating the mailing of anthrax to Senate offices.”
Right there in the OP. Kinda hard to miss, y’know.
NPR didn’t overtly state that TVC was related to the attacks, but they did state that they has asked TVC if they were being investigated. Because they said they weren’t, and because the FBI never said they were investigating them, and because there was presumably no other evidence in NPR’s posession, it was journalistically innapropriate and irresponsible to mention the conversation at all (and probably to have asked TVC to begin with).
I think the apology went a bit farther than the first correction. The first correction merely said that NPR agreed with TVC’s complaint. The apology made it clear that NPR believed they did wrong, regardless of whether TVC complained or not.
I agree that there’s not much difference. The reason I found this apology noteworthy is the timing. Why did NPR put out this apology now, over a year after the offending broadcast?
However, you acted as though, under attack from TVC, NPR simply uttered a Rush-like “have it your way” statement. In fact, they expressly modified the story to remove the offensive question, noted that it had been removed because it was inappropriate, and then added a second declaration to their Corrections page in which they reiterated that it was a violation of NPR policy.
Your title “Better late than never” implied that no previous action had been taken.
tomndebb, you overlooked the OP and made a false accusation. That’s not the end of the world. Why make it worse by making further uncited incorrect accusations? Would it not be wiser to take a leaf from NPR and just apologize?