In 2007 Garrels was criticised by FAIR for using confessions by prisoners who had been tortured during a story about an Iraqi Shiite militia (broadcast on NPR's Morning Edition). Garrels later defended her story on NPR's "Letters" program, saying: "Of course, I had doubts. But the details that were given seemed to me to gel with other things that I had heard from people who had not been tortured. But I was as uncomfortable as the listeners were with the conditions." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Garrels
She may not be a hard news journalist, but arts writing is reporting, and it is journalism.
I recognize that it's frustrating for some listeners to have NPR not use the word torture to describe certain practices that seem barbaric. But the role of a news organization is not to choose sides in this or any debate. People have different definitions of torture and different feelings about what constitutes torture.
We're in conversations with WDAV about how they intend to handle this. We of course take this issue very seriously.
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