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Today Show, Nancy Snyderman, strike out again

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Reviewers gave a zero-star score to a story on a device to screen for melanoma. Excerpts:

“This story abounds in pretty pictures and a tale of tragic loss, but it lacks any context or facts that would allow viewers to understand what is new or relevant about a device to screen for melanoma skin cancer. …In the end, viewers are given hope and amazement, but no useful information.”

A reminder: three different reviewers evaluate each story reviewed on So this isn’t just one person’s opinion of quality, or lack thereof.

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