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Newspaper criticized for painting a too rosy picture of cancer vaccines

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In his Columbia Journalism Review “Observatory” column, Curtis Brainerd blasts a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story on cancer vaccines. He urges other journalists to “display far more caution and judiciousness than found in the Post-Gazette.”

It’s a good piece.

But we don’t know why CJR singled out the Pittsburgh paper for this one instance. We review stories like this all the time on

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Judith Kronick

April 14, 2010 at 11:50 am

A related medical journal article (and commentary):
in Archives of Internal Medicine ( Arch Intern Med. 2010;170(6):515-518. Published online March 16, 2010) and Commentary )
“Cancer and the Media How Does the News Report on Treatment and Outcomes?” Jessica Fishman, PhD; Thomas Ten Have, PhD; David Casarett, MD, MA