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.