Posted by Gary Schwitzer in Health care journalism
David Whelan of Forbes blogs about how ABC News turned to Jenny McCarthy as its one “expert” source on an autism story yesterday.
Excerpt of his blog:
“When the medical journal Pediatrics released a consensus report yesterday by a large panel of experts saying that autistic children do not benefit from special diets, ABC News’ Diane Sawyer knew just which expert to consult. Jenny McCarthy, former MTV game show host, nude model, and now mother of an autistic son Evan, got the call and enthusiastically denounced the study. “Until doctors start listening to our anecdotal evidence, which is it’s working, it’s going to take so many more years for these kids to get better,” she said. …Is this responsible science journalism on ABC’s part?”