Health News Review
  • Jul 16 2013

    Breaking News hype: one local TV station vows not to use the term – offers 10-point contract with viewers

    I didn’t know anything about WDRB-TV in Louisville until I heard about a promo they began airing last month. An Associated Press story explains:  “(WDRB) recently began running an advertisement telling viewers that stations constantly touting “breaking news” reports are deceiving viewers with a marketing ploy. “Breaking news is seldom actually breaking,” the ad said, [...]

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  • May 16 2013

    Cloning human embryonic stem cells: “Major Medical Breakthrough”? Or “Generating Little Excitement”?

    For at least the second time in a week, we have seen polar opposite news coverage on a medical science story. Fox News reported on a paper in the journal Cell: “In a major medical breakthrough, researchers at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) have for the first time ever successfully converted human skin [...]

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  • May 2 2013

    Hooters, Surgery Tweeters, Media Manipulators – a marketing roundup

    Novartis and Hooters Is it a kickback to get doctors to prescribe certain drugs? Or is it truly an educational meeting for doctors – that happens to be held at places like Hooters across the country? Read the Wall Street Journal’s story from last week, “U.S. Accuses Novartis of Kickbacks.” It’s about a civil fraud [...]

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  • Apr 18 2013

    British newspaper The Independent must have confused the hell out of its readers

    I’m late on this because I was traveling when the latest events in question occurred, but Paul Raeburn on the Knight Science Journalism Tracker has a nice wrapup – “British newspaper gives disgraced vaccine critic forum to attack government for measles epidemic” – with background and links. The British paper, The Independent, published a statement [...]

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  • Mar 27 2013

    CNN calls camel milk a “cure…world’s next superfood”

    CNN took advantage of President Obama being in Jordan last week to milk a story about the wonders of camel milk for all they could get out of it.   The CNN reporter said: “It’s something we’ve been passionate about on this program for a long, long time. … Some people say camel’s milk is [...]

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  • Jan 9 2013

    Journalists reporting on themselves in health care stories: is this narcissism?

    A piece on Gawker.com, “Journalism Is Not Narcissism,“ should be required reading in journalism schools. Excerpts: Every year, thousands of fresh-faced young aspiring journalists flood our nation’s college classrooms, in order to learn how to practice their craft. What should we tell them? This, first: journalism is not about you. Susan Shapiro, an author and [...]

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  • Dec 13 2012

    Other views on the NYT op-ed, “The 2,000 Year-Old Wonder Drug”

    Dr. David Agus, tireless promoter of his book, “The End of Illness,” and whose involvement in an ABC news story about a reporter’s coronary calcium CT scan led to the network correcting/retracting the piece, is now at it again. The New York Times published his op-ed piece, “The 2,000-Year-Old Wonder Drug,” the start of which [...]

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  • Oct 4 2012

    Terrific NYT interactive news coverage of first presidential debate of 2012

    Since much of last night’s debate focused on health care issues, it’s relevant for us to touch on it in this blog, which focuses only on health care issues. The New York Times offers a solid public service piece of explanatory journalism with: full video of the event transcript of the debate fact checks and [...]

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  • Jun 29 2012

    Aftermath of CNN/Fox debacle on Supreme Court: No reason to rush; many reasons to lose trust

    The rush to report. Being first more important than being correct. These are sometimes the hallmark of television news.  Newsrooms and journalism schools across the land should use yesterday’s unbelievable gaffes by CNN and Fox News as teaching moments. Within the newsrooms of CNN and Fox news, all staffers should have to sit and look [...]

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  • Jun 25 2012

    Forbes column on fear-mongering of dirty hotel rooms

    On Forbes.com, Andrew Bender writes, “Is Your Hotel Room Contaminated?  Or Is The Media Hype Making You Sick?” He reflects on what he calls “fear-mongering based on ..a self-admittedly inconclusive study.”   Meantime, lots of ink (or digits) for this study: an MSNBC story making the rounds of NBC station websites across the country Reuters:  [...]

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