Mad As Hell About Schlocky Health News

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There’s been some media attention given to my Publisher’s Note, “Network TV morning health news segments may be harmful to your health.”

Journalist Alison Bass blogged about it,
asking “Is the financial meltdown of the media becoming a public health threat?”

As noted earlier, Susan Perry, in her column, called “indispensable for health consumers as well as health journalists” –

On the most-read journalism blog – Romenesko Media News – the link read “Morning news shows get an ‘F’ for health coverage.”

The Association of Health Care Journalists’ “Covering Health” blog headlined it: “Morning shows’ health news called dangerous.”

And I did interviews with the New York Post and with KSTP radio, Minneapolis-St. Paul.


In the KSTP interview I described feeling a bit like Howard Beale, crazed anchor on the movie, “Network.” Like him, when I think about the schlock that appears on the networks’ morning TV health shows, I just want to say:

“I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell: I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE.”

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