Sunday Late Night: Ombudsman Ends as Pravda Wins

By: Sunday February 17, 2013 8:01 pm

Pravda means “truth.” But we learned that in Soviet Russia, falseness is true. Now, in America, our news is truthiness.

Ombudsman is defined as “a designated neutral or impartial dispute resolution practitioner whose major function is to provide independent, impartial, confidential and informal assistance to managers and employees, clients and/or other stakeholders of a corporation, university, non-governmental organization, governmental agency or other entity. As an independent and neutral employee, the organizational ombudsman ideally should have no other role or duties. This is in order to maintain independence and neutrality, and to prevent real or perceived conflicts of interest.”

At the Washington Post, the Ombudsman was originally called the readers’ representative.

But it’s been a long time since that was true.

Sunday Late Night: OmbudsAndy Takes Broder’s Word For It

By: Sunday October 3, 2010 8:01 pm

The Washington Post’s dwindling readership — and young journalists who look up to Broder — would do well to keep in mind that Broder’s views may not be his own. They may be purchased by a recent lobby shop, as a speaking fee.

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