An acknowledgment that NPR could have done “a better job” on an “ex-gay” story has failed to mollify its critics.

The Monday report by NPR correspondent Alix Spiegel featured two men who entered programs that seek to “cure” gay men and lesbians, mostly through the use of prayer.

NPR claimed that allegations that the Christian counseling centers run by Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus Bachmann practice so-called “reparative” therapy prompted the story.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) took issue with the story's presentation.

“The report claimed that the debate about so-called 'conversion therapy' continues in psychological circles. The fact is that all the major psychological and medical associations in the United States have stated that such treatment is ineffective and harmful. The story highlighted only two individuals, Rich Wyler and Peterson Toscano. Both men endured so-called 'ex-gay' programs, but have very different views on the validity of such programs. With only two individual stories, NPR gave the false impression that the general population is split on so-called 'conversation therapy.'”

On Thursday, NPR conceded that “we could have done a better job on this story,” but pretty much stood by its reporting.

“Spiegel and [Editor Anne] Gudenkauf clearly worked hard on this story,” wrote Edward Schumacher-Matos, an NPR ombudsman. “They simply made some wrong assumptions about what most of us know about sexuality and conversion.”

Writing at, Candace Chellew-Hodge labeled NPR's apology a “non-apology.”

“So, instead of apologizing for incomplete reporting they're saying it's the listener's fault for not knowing enough about the topic,” she wrote.

The report was also criticized for not disclosing the fact that Rich Wyler is behind the “ex-gay” group People Can Change, whose tag line is: “Men who have resolved unwanted same-sex attractions supporting others seeking similar change.” The group's Journey Into Manhood 2-night retreat costs $650. Wyler's “touch” therapy is considered controversial even within the “ex-gay” movement.

“GLAAD calls on NPR to correct this misleading story and share the factual information concerning the ineffectiveness and harm caused by so-called 'ex-gay' program,” the group wrote.