It takes two ombudsmen to deal with reactions to Moyers

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“I’m beginning to think that PBS may need a separate ombudsman just to deal with the weekly mail praising or pillorying this lightening-rod/icon,” writes PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler, referring to Bill Moyers’ recent return to PBS. In his first column in nine weeks, CPB Ombudsman Ken Bode steps into the breach to make a “very good point” that Getler wishes he had made regarding “Buying the War,” the lead documentary of Bill Moyers Journal. Bode describes the documentary as “embarrassingly flawed” because Moyers and his producers failed to examine how PBS’s own NewsHour with Jim Lehrer failed to scrutinze the Bush Administration’s case for initiating the Iraq War.