Does Tehran Bureau site have “stamp of approval” from PBS and Frontline?

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PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler writes today (Feb. 18) on the Tehran Bureau, a news site founded in 2008 by Iranian-born and Massachusetts-based Kelly Golnoush Niknejad that entered into an editorial partnership with Frontline in 2009. “Where I have difficulty is in the close and unique association of this relatively new website focused on a single country with Frontline and PBS,” Getler writes. “Tehran Bureau appears online under the Frontline and PBS banners as part of the Frontline site. That looks to me, and I assume to some others who come upon the site, like a big-time stamp of approval from two names that stand for journalistic credibility and distance.”