In the same week when Kaiser Health News publishes a story about “Hospitals Promoting Bargain CT Scans For Smokers” – raising questions about “whether the strategy is a marketing ploy that could bring more harm than good” – CNN publishes a severely flawed story, “Will you have a heart attack? These tests might tell,” in which a conflicted source is allowed to make claims about various heart screening tests without any scrutiny of the evidence for those claims.
News organizations appear to take on a cultural bias about screening tests. The newsroom bias may be a healthy one of healthy skepticism, demanding evidence and scrutiny of that evidence. Or a news team can assume a bias of accepting promotional claims for screening without evaluating evidence, without considering true costs and harms as well as benefits.
Judge for yourself.