Humorist Andy Borowitz imagines that President Bush considered bombing NPR in advance of the Iraq War until British Prime Minister Tony Blair talked him out of it.

CPB Ombudsman Ken Bode responds to criticisms of the PBS program Breaking the Silence: Children’s Stories, “[T]his broadcast is so slanted as to raise suspicions that either the family courts of America have gone crazy or there must be another side to the story.”

Online Journalism Review’s Mark Glaser examines NPR’s podcasting strategy and, in a signoff from OJR, notes that he’s working with

WFMU’s blog links to a video of Barney “channeling Tupac Shakur.”

Nova’s recent special on New Orleans, The Storm that Drowned a City, was too easy on the Bush administration, writes author Paul Loeb in a WorkingForChange critique.

“China is a singularly difficult story to tell because there is SO MUCH good and SO MUCH bad all happening simultaneously,” says Rob Gifford, who covers China for NPR, in an interview with Leonard Witt.

In the New York Times today and the Washington Post yesterday editorialists derided former CPB Chair Ken Tomlinson — in the Times as a “disastrous zealot” and in the Post as “a triumph of ‘politics over good judgment'”. They followed similar views published in the Toledo Blade and elsewhere. Richard Mellon Scaife’s Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, however, said the true scandal is that taxpayers are “conscripted” to pay for media.

NPR’s Anne Garrels tells the Hartford Courant about traveling with a company of Marines in Iraq: “[T]hey were so disappointed that I was NPR. They didn’t know what NPR was, but they wanted Fox!” (Via Romenesko.)

In a feature at, NPR’s Bill Marimow and Daniel Zwerdling share stories of how their work has made a difference.