NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos criticized NPR for using “police speak” — terminology used and provided by the police — in reports on the Occupy Oakland protests.
Specifically, NPR program Morning Edition and NPR’s news programs reported that Iraq veteran and Occupy Oakland protester Scott Olsen was hit by a “non-lethal projectile.” Schumacher-Matos wrote that “NPR’s use of the police term was understandable on deadline, when more details weren’t available. But stopping there is not good enough.”
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He called for NPR to use “ordinary English” to explain to viewers and readers what happened.