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What is an ombudsman?

The lamestream media told you:

Long ago we eliminated the position of ombudsman at our organization. We did it due to cost (but it sure made it easier on our staff).

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

It's come to my attention that some of my readers don't fully understand what an ombudsman is, much less an uninvited one. Most newspapers used to have ombudsman, back when newspapers were better.

ombudsman , n. A public advocate. The employee in a news organization assigned to investigate maladministration, ethical complaints, errors, bias and similar violations of newsworthiness and accuracy, especially those noticed by members of the public. The term comes from watchdogs against government as early as 221 B.C. in China. Government ombudsman are also a thing of the past. Bringing back ombudsman helps improve things. 

 

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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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