NPR to Stations: 'Avoid' Saying '46 Million Americans' Are Uninsured
While many in the news media continue to inflate and exaggerate the number of uninsured Americans, National Public Radio is making a change.
NPR’s deputy senior supervising editor Joe Neel drafted an e-mail that was sent out Oct. 14 to member stations addressing the number of uninsured. The e-mail clarified proper use of Census Bureau statistics and advised staff to “avoid the construction ’46 million Americans.’” That number has been a flashpoint throughout the health care debate.
The NPR e-mail said
The e-mail went on to explain how not to report the issue. “Better to say ’46 million uninsured in
“We thought this was helpful to program producers and other reporters and editors who may be working on a health care story,” Sweeney explained. He also told BMI it is not unusual for NPR to send such communiqués clarifying complicated issues or explaining an NPR editorial policy.
NPR isn’t alone in clarifying its wording on the uninsured. In September
The Business & Media Institute exposed the error of many journalists in July 2007 when everyone from politicians
Those claims were incorrect because (at that time) the Census was reporting 46.577 million people uninsured in America – including nearly 10 million in the “not a citizen” category.