Health News Review
  • Jan 10 2012

    Another sponsored health news issue: retired columnist gets column back – now paid by health care industry

    3 months ago we blogged about a longtime Tampa Bay TV anchorman shifting – in retirement – to being a paid spokesman for a Medicare Advantage plan. Now we see that former Charleston, SC The Post and Courier columnist Ken Burger is doing promotions for a local health care provider organization, but it’s how this [...]

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  • Jan 6 2012

    Troubling TV news ethical issue – often on health news – now being reviewed by FCC

    “TV newscasts are increasingly seeded with corporate advertising masquerading as news — and the federal government wants to do something about it,” reports the Washington Post. It’s an issue that may have arisen more often with health news than with any other topic.  A quick (and probably incomplete) scan of this blog shows we’ve written [...]

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  • Dec 15 2011

    Sad state of local TV news

    This isn’t a health news story. But it could have been. TVSpy.com estimates that 27 local TV stations across the country all used the same script for filler material. They reported: Conan O’Brien poked fun at content-sharing in local news this week, showing a clip on his show of several anchors repeating the same phrase [...]

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