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Looking back to a Sept. 30 segment on PBS’s Now, correspondent Maria Hinojosa did “some good work” providing insights into FEMA’s post-Katrina Gulf Coast problems, writes PBS ombudsman Michael Getler, but he’s troubled by her unsupported claim that FEMA had treated Florida much better in 2004 because it was a swing state in an election year. A segment on Rep. Tom DeLay’s legal problems was also “noticeably one-sided.” In the stories, Getler says, Now‘s valuable reporting is diminished by unnecessary “political touches” and the omission of even a file clip of DeLay’s self-defense.

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