[ RadSafe ] Helen Caldicott [ Ombudsman access ]

stewart farber radproject at sbcglobal.net
Wed Mar 21 18:34:49 CDT 2007

Hi Jeff [and others wanting to attempt to ensure balanced coverage of any 

Keep in mind that every "news" outlet has someone on staff designated by 
their organization to serve as their "ombudsman". Don't be reluctant to call 
and discuss your concerns with this individual. I have found such a 
discussion often results in the opportunity to express an alternate point of 
view as with space for an "op-ed" column for print media, or other reply 
possibilities for broadcast media such as TV or radio.

If any particular media outlet regulated by the FCC fails to correct errors 
of fact or emphasis, or to provide balanced coverage,  this failing can be 
brought up at the annual review of its license by the FCC of a TV or radio 
station being allowed to broadcast [at least that was how it was handled 
some years ago] when it solicits public input on the stations performance 
during the previous period of its operation.

Stewart Farber, MS Public Health
Consulting Scientist
Farber Technical Services
1285 Wood Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06604
[203] 441-8433 [office]
email: radproject at sbcglobal.net

Jeff Terry wrote:

Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2007 7:10 PM
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Helen Caldicott

> Hi Ruth,
> I will pester them. The Public Broadcasting Service is usually better  in 
> that regard. I think that it was more about timing rather than  bias in 
> this case.
> Whenever a Chicago station wants a speaker, they start with the usual 
> cast of characters. The usual players don't have nuclear groups so 
> couldn't provide anyone. By the time that they got around to IIT is  was 
> Tuesday.
> On Tuesday, I was in D. C. at the University NERI meeting. I should  learn 
> not to turn off my phone in those meetings. Wow, was that an  interesting 
> meeting as an aside.
> The TV people finally contacted me today so I started preparing and  was 
> just leaving for the studio when they called and cancelled saying  that it 
> was too late to get me on.
> Maybe next time.
> Jeff
> On Mar 21, 2007, at 5:18 PM, Ruth Sponsler wrote:
>> Hello Jeff -
>> There is a good set of rebuttals of Helen Caldicott at
>> this link:
>> http://search.blogger.com/?q=helen+caldicott+blogurl% 
>> 3Aneinuclearnotes.blogspot.com&btnG=Search 
>> +Blogs&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&x=55&y=4&ui=blg
>> I believe that you have a case to request an
>> equal-time rebuttal.
>> The fact that the show intends to feature *only* Helen
>> Caldicott, with *no* counterpoint demonstrates
>> anti-nuclear bias on the part of the media.
>> ~Ruth Sponsler
>> http://wesupportlee.blogspot.com/

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