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February 15, 2015

Mi c ha e l G et l e r
Ombudsman
Public Broadcasting System
Dear Mr. Getler,
After viewing the Jan. 6 "Frontline" episode,
"Gunned Down: The Power of the nra," we have
a few questions.
According to the Center for Public
Broadcasting (cpb) charter: "The Public
Broadcasting Act of 1967 requires the cpb to
operate with a 'strict adherence to objectivity and
balance in all programs or series of programs of a
controversial nature.' It also requires it to regularly
review national programming for objectivity and
balance, and to report on 'its efforts to address
concerns about objectivity and balance.'"
We request an explanation of how the
following facts concerning "Gunned Down" fit
with that charter:
* Why are there twice as many pro-gun
control sources on the program as those on the
pro-Second Amendment side of the issue?

families support background checks? In truth,
the poll cited for the ��-percent statistic used
very misleading questions to get the desired
"answer"-and no polling organization has
access to nra member rolls to even conduct
an opinion survey.
* Why did the producers fail to show even one
positive, lawful use of firearms-hunting, sport
shooting, competitive shooting, collecting,
armed self-defense, etc.-while featuring
multiple mass shootings?
* Finally, why did the producers choose ominous
background music when ��� and its policies are
introduced, while more sympathetic background
music is used for opposing content?

When "Frontline" contacted nra leaders
about the possibility of being interviewed for this
program, we examined the previous work of the
* Why are only politicians who supported
producers, the list of journalists to be featured,
the Manchin-Toomey background check bill
and viewed the list of other interviewees. It was
included, but not even one pro-gun politician
clear that pbs could be planning a very slanted
who voted against it?
piece of journalism. After careful consideration,
nra staff declined to participate in their own
* Why did you include reporters from the
notoriously anti-gun Rolling Stone and The New berating-a prescient assessment since the
program turned out to be just that.
York Times, but fail to include journalists from
Please advise when, per your charter, you
any pro-gun outlet?
will be conducting the mandated review for
* Why did you interview only Newtown families objectivity concerning "Gunned Down," and
who campaigned for gun bans and background when you will make that report available to us.
Thank you.
checks, but fail to even mention families who are
not calling for additional legislation?
Sincerely,
* Why did you allow to go unchallenged Vice
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President Joe Biden's oft-repeated claims that
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