International journalists can't believe our health news

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I met yesterday with the World Press Institute’s 2008 International Fellows. They came from Argentina, Brazil, Bosnia & Herzegovina, China, Hungary, India, Lithuania, South Africa and Spain.

We reviewed recent examples of U.S. health journalism.

Several of the Fellows expressed amazement at what they saw. Among the comments:

• They couldn’t believe that stories promoted drugs without better discussion of evidence.
• They couldn’t believe that drug company spokesmen were interviewed in stories.
• They couldn’t believe that someone in news organizations didn’t say “NO” to some of the stories they saw here.

Welcome to our world.

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