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PBS Ombudsman: NB Complaint’s ‘Fair’ That Anchor Gwen Ifill Sounded Partisan at Obama Town Hall

Posted on 05 June 2016

On Friday, PBS ombudsman Michael Getler paid a subtle compliment to NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck and to the blog in general by noticing how quickly Curtis challenged PBS NewsHour anchor Gwen Ifill for asking Elkhart, Indiana "So what gives?" -- why they hadn’t voted for Barack Obama despite the improving economy?

He noted the question was "a little glib" and "sure to be vulnerable to criticism by some viewers as partisan. I thought it was fair for NewsBusters to call attention to it." But he also praised the outburst as a "smart and gutsy way to set the stage."