BOB GARFIELD: We haven't read your letters on the show for a while, so here's a sampling. Alexander Ott of Little Neck, New York was, quote, "disappointed with the lead story you did on the BBC. The story focused initially on the conflict between the BBC and the British government regarding the weapons of mass destruction issue. It later broadened to address the BBC's allegedly changing reporting style from objective and dispassionate to more politicized and sensational. Unfortunately listeners of On the Media didn't have an opportunity to hear an opposing opinion on these topics and decide for themselves." And Chris Conley of Seattle adds, "I only wish -- how I wish! -- that NPR had the guts and energy the BBC does, but thank you for reporting on the controversy."
BROOKE GLADSTONE:Our interview with Tom Mabe who's built a recording career taping his torturous conversations with telemarketers prompted this from Rob English of Syracuse, New York (quote) "That mean-spirited prankster needs to realize that most telemarketers are decent human beings who are working in a difficult job for low pay, unlike the owners and bosses of the telemarketing companies who make all the money and all the decisions about whom to call and when."
BOB GARFIELD:Finally, on our parody of reporters who stop at nothing to book an interview with an accused murderer, John Ebert of Hickory, North Carolina declared that, quote, "The segment today about Scott Peterson and the answering machine was one of the worst, most tasteless pieces ever written!!! SHAME!!!!!"
BROOKE GLADSTONE:Don't sugar-coat your comments. Just keep them coming to firstname.lastname@example.org and don't forget to tell us where you live and how to pronounce your name. [MUSIC]
BOB GARFIELD: Coming up, the rise of moblogging and "We Journalism" plus a nation's passion for people -- trapped in holes.