This morning's story "Reporters Tour Texas Holding Facility For Migrant Children" by Joel Rose (hosted by Steve Inskeep), regarding a second tour of the El Paso facility that has recently been under scrutiny contained some completely unacceptable content. My feelings about the way NPR has covered the story aside, there is no place to slyly insert derogatory and completely unfounded slander against the family members of those faithfully following their duty to their country.
Rose: Hull said "[About the allegations] It's hurtful". His "agents are risking their lives, their health and even their marriages in order to do their jobs"
Inskeep: Risking their marriages? Why are they risking their marriages?
Rose: I didn't even get a chance to follow up on that.
Inskeep: Maybe just saying they're very busy, I don't know, or maybe that their spouses disapprove with what's going on...(followed quickly by a transition with no room for comment)
NPR has a right and obligation to look into potential wrongdoing in a situation, but these unfounded (according to Rose's own admission) insinuations that are targeting what apparently are already strained relationships by officers and their spouses is a low blow. This is unacceptable journalism that fails to foster peace and solution-finding, but rather discord and agitation.
I invite and expect professional recourse for Mr. Inskeep and his intolerable insensitivity.