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A new MD-journalist asks, “Is there a role for the physician-journalist?”
Last week I wrote that NBC News medical contributor Dr. Natalie Azar was placed into a conflict of interest situation when asked to comment on the air about a story concerning Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also called ME/CFS with a new proposal to call it Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease). Dr. Azar delivered her comments after being […]6
Confusion reigns on Good Morning America’s ‘complementary natural’ flu remedies report
Talk of the widespread and dangerous flu circulating this year has the public on edge and hungry for quality information about how to protect themselves. ABC’s “Good Morning America” isn’t helping with this segment featuring Chief Medical Correspondent Jennifer Ashton, MD, titled “3 complementary natural remedies for the flu.” It’s a mess of conflicting messages […]8
Alcohol and cancer: What does a ‘500% increase’ in risk really mean?
[Editor’s note: This post has been updated. Scroll to the bottom to read the addendum.] Last night, NBC Nightly News ran a story about the cancer risks related to alcohol consumption. But instead of communicating those risks in a way that would educate and inform, NBC’s coverage was an example of misinformation and fear-mongering. Consider […]2
Fox News falls into ethical morass on Zika birth story
Recently Fox News broke the story of a newborn affected by the Zika virus in Hackensack, New Jersey. Fox News got an exclusive video interview with the baby’s mother. Oh, did we mention that Fox News Health Senior Managing Editor Dr. Manny Alvarez was helping to care for the mother? Though the central players are […]5
Charges that CNN made false claims about Dr. Sanjay Gupta in Nepal
The Global Press Institute reports, “CNN Falsely Claims Dr. Sanjay Gupta Performed Brain Surgery on 8-Year-Old Quake Victim in Nepal.” The heart of the issue is explained here: While covering the medical response to April’s devastating earthquake in Nepal, TV neurosurgeon-journalist Sanjay Gupta and his colleagues wrongly reported that he helped perform a craniotomy that […]2/20/2015
NBC Nightly News: News program? Or “Doc In The Box” on-air advice segment?
I was tempted to let this observation fly by unaddressed because I don’t want it to appear as if I’m picking on NBC and its new medical contributor, Dr. Natalie Azar. But there’s a pattern unraveling on the air that, in my opinion, must be addressed and changed. Last night, on the NBC Nightly News, […]16
Brian Williams isn’t NBC’s only ethical problem; check medical news coverage issues
So Brian Williams, it’s now reported, will be suspended without pay for 6 months by NBC News after his false claims about an experience during the Iraq war. A few months ago, NBC’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Nancy Snyderman was taken off the air after “a breach of her Ebola quarantine.” Almost immediately, NBC brought […]
Pharma payments to network TV physician-journalists – Columbia Journalism Review
I’m late on this, but it’s noteworthy. Paul Thacker, journalist and former investigator for the US Senate Finance Committee investigating medical research conflicts of interest, published a new piece in the Columbia Journalism Review last week. It’s entitled: “Database may uncover conflicts of interest for TV doctors – Free lunches, paid speaking gigs & free […]1 10/1/2014
My article kicks off 5th Annual Health Literacy Month Blog Series
For the third consecutive year, I’ve contributed to the Health Literacy Month Blog Series. Today, my article, “Media Messages about Screenings and their Role in Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment,” kicks off the 5th annual month-long blog series. Below is a copy of what I wrote: ——————————— Disclaimer: the following is not an anti-screening message. It is, however, […]
Ebola news notes, including ethical questions for CNN
Just a few observations about the journalism involved in the Ebola news coverage. Faye Flam on the Knight Science Journalism Tracker wrote, “Ebola outbreak reaction shows why science writers are necessary.” She points to Maryn McKenna’s Superbug blog, in which Maryn called the “Ebola media scrum…disgraceful.” But she also posts a long list of articles […]17 7/1/2014
Conflict of interest: ABC allows Ob-Gyn/”journalist” to report her opinion on pelvic exam recommendations
From MedPageToday: Average-risk, asymptomatic women do not benefit from pelvic exams as part of routine care and face potential harms from false-positive results, according to a new clinical guideline. When screening for cervical cancer, clinicians should limit the physical examination to visual inspection of the cervix and use of cervical swabs for cancer or human […]
Journalists reporting on themselves in health care stories: is this narcissism?
A piece on Gawker.com, “Journalism Is Not Narcissism,“ should be required reading in journalism schools. Excerpts: Every year, thousands of fresh-faced young aspiring journalists flood our nation’s college classrooms, in order to learn how to practice their craft. What should we tell them? This, first: journalism is not about you. Susan Shapiro, an author and […]1/19/2012
A clear pattern of imbalanced screening stories by ABC News
Only when you track health news every day, as we have done for years, can you point to patterns of practice by certain news organizations. We have data to point out which news organizations are more likely to report from news releases. We have data to point out which news organizations are more likely to […]
Top 10 Health News Watchdog barks of 2011
General journalism discussion How the News Media May Hurt – Not Help – Health Literacy Efforts The effects of churnalism on health care news & the public Screening test issues Call for balance in cancer screening news (my op-ed in Saint Paul Pioneer Press) We interrupt this state fair for a little prostate cancer […]12/30/2010
Year-end review of health care PR puffery sent to journalists
Health care journalists are buried under a mountain of public relations material sent to them every day of every week of every month. I don’t even work in a traditional news setting, yet I’ve made it onto the distribution lists of countless PR people. The picture on the left shows a pile of video news […]