BOB GARFIELD: This is On the Media. I'm Bob Garfield.
BROOKE GLADSTONE: And I'm Brooke Gladstone with a few of your letters. Listener Mike Jackson said our interview with NPR's John Burnett on his experience as an embedded reporter in Iraq is, quote, "yet another example of one-sided reporting. The impression this report gives is that somehow the government is responsible for duping the public by allowing reporters embedded access to the military during the war. If there's any blame to be laid, it should be laid at the feet of the media organizations. If the media chose only to report the stories from their embedded reporters, then they were doing the public a disservice, by not giving them a complete picture."
BOB GARFIELD:Bill Salmon wrote with the opinion that, quote, "The reporting provided by embedded reporters was effective, and I do not think that they were duped. It was effective in showing the effect of policy on the individuals who were obliged to implement it. The problems are more with the population, their representatives, and their interpretation of the reportage."
BROOKE GLADSTONE:Listening to our discussion a few weeks back about reality TV's Sistas with Attitude, Robin Hiltz of Ashland, New Hampshire objected to some words that were bandied about, including one word that rhymes with witch. "I frequently listen to your show as part of my NPR listening routine with my 5 year old son nearby. I encourage my son to ask questions about what he hears, and was not planning on having to explain such adult language to him. Please be aware that your audience is not a late night commercial TV audience."
BOB GARFIELD:Sally and Tom Campbell of Fort Worth, Texas wrote in to say that we left an attractive option out of our discussion about the fight between Viacom and the Dish Network that briefly deprived many viewers of CBS. Quote, "We get our feed from a television set," they wrote. "It costs about 150 dollars." After the purchase you spend nothing, until the PBS pledge guilt gets you. Granted, we get only about 15 channels. Often there's nothing worth watching. So what? We've got a radio that gets NPR/PRI, a jazz station, an R&B oldies station, numerous Latin stations, etc. We have a nice big main library, too."
BROOKE GLADSTONE:Well, Sally and Tom, thanks for squeezing us into your busy media schedule, and thanks for the letter too. Keep 'em coming to On the Media at firstname.lastname@example.org, and don't forget to tell us where you live as well as how to pronounce your name. [MUSIC]