I have spoken personally with this particular ombudsman. Remember when the town hall meetings were being disrupted by "tea party activists"? You know, the ones where supposedly the "regular folk" were aghast at the public option, that was of course already dead, because Obama had killed it in private meetings with Big Pharma and the Big Insurers.
I had called, back when the ombudsman at NPR posted a phone number, to take issue with NPR's coverage of these disruptions, in particular NPR's apparent refusal to put into context the Tea Party's less than organic roots i.e., funding and organizing by corporate sponsors, in this instance engaging in subterfuge designed as propaganda against anything smacking of single payer.
This ombusdman, although I give her credit for taking the call, defended, of course, NPR's coverage, its omission of that context that was quite demonstrable at that time.
But the thing I remember most about this particular Ombudsman, Alicia Shepard, is her defense of NPR not using the word torture, even after such evidence of TORTURE had emerged. NPR, in fact, interviewed one of the psychotic psychologists that assisted in its implementation of the torture regime at the CIA. The torture regime that was used at the CIA, Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo, and all of the black sites.
During that interview, that psychologist was allowed to present his defense of his behavior, his coverup that what had transpired was not torture, and he conducted this entire interview completely unopposed on that point.
No follow up interview with anyone else, correcting that record, nothing. The interviewer didn't challenge that psychopath. My protests on this issue went unanswered.
Then, not long after that, or maybe it was before, but in any case, around that same time period, KPBS, my local public radio station broadcast an interview out of KPBS's studio of Alicia Shepard, who was still the ombudsman at NPR.
Somehow the issue of journalists referring to "interrogation techniques" instead of "torture", and this ombudsman came up in the interview, and Alicia Shepard defended that practice of not saying the T word. Not only did she defend that practice, but she acknowledged having given NPR's talking heads counsel, as to best practice in this regard. That best practice advice she gave, was to not use the word "torture".
So it is pretty rich, that here Alicia Shepard intentionally muddied the waters, in defense of the indefensible, TORTURE no less, and she has the audacity to complain about a comment section.
This kind of post, of course Alicia would characterize as "trolling" or "mean spirited", and NPR I'm certain didn't appreciate my posts on that forum at the time either.
That holding to account, the corporate sell out NPR, on such issues is ultimately the reasoning behind this.
Alicia Shepard I have zero respect for you on that issue of directing messaging diluting the horrors of torture.
It should be a crime in my opinion.