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Media ethics pitfalls of pay-for-play broadcast health information
This would be a good case study for the next textbook on media ethics. On radio and television in the Providence, Rhode Island area, Dr. Tad Sztykowski bought media time to reach listeners and viewers about his work at his Centers for Integrative Medicine and Healing. Now he may need to buy time to think […]
Multiple health news ethical problems with Minneapolis TV station’s Mayo Clinic story
Health care news that is spoonfed by medical centers to local TV news organizations can perhaps do as much harm as good. How? Such “news” can and does mislead readers when the TV station accepting the spoon-feeding doesn’t do any original reporting, doesn’t have anyone on staff trained in how to cover health care research […]10
Questions about Mayo Clinic deal with Minneapolis TV station
The following guest blog post was submitted by Trudy Lieberman, a veteran health care journalist who, for years, has tracked the cracks in the wall between health care news and health care advertising/sponsorship arrangements. For months now, every night on the 10 pm newscast from KARE 11, the Twin Cities NBC affiliate, thousands of viewers […]
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 […]
What’s wrong with local TV news? Health care news may be worst.
Former CBS and CNN journalist Deborah Potter writes on her NewsLab site: “Let’s start with the syndicated stories TV networks pump out to their affiliates, a service they’ve provided for decades. One of my first jobs in television many years ago was to log the video offerings from ABC on the cutely named DEF or […]
The dangerous duality of the TV MD-“journalist” – 2 examples in 2 nights on network TV news
One night this week, NBC’s chief medical editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, urged women over 40 to consider having the C-reactive protein or CRP test for heart disease. She said on the air: “If you’re over the age of 40, this is the time to have a conversation with your doctor about this very simple blood […]1/22/2010
CBC radio on journalism ethics of MD-reporter involvement in Haiti
The CBC radio program “As It Happens” began its discussion of this issue with this introduction: “It is a dramatic image: a reporter who is also a qualified medical doctor springing into action to perform first aid on someone hurt in the Haiti earthquake — and in some cases, going as far as to perform […]
Who teaches journalism ethics to physician-reporters?
This is a media ethics issue. So don’t read anything into this about medicine. Physician-reporter Sanjay Gupta today reported on himself treating an injured baby in Haiti – in a video segment that got a lot of airtime and a lot of prime real estate on CNN’s website. [Note: CNN’s video is no longer available […]1
6 reasons journalists should just say no to Mayo Clinic’s latest journalism ‘residency’ program
Craving a trip to Florida in February? If you’re a journalist, the Mayo Clinic has you covered. Once again Mayo is extending an offer to educate health care journalists, this time with what it’s calling a “residency” scheduled for Feb. 24-28 at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. It’s described as “a behind-the-scenes, in-depth look […]8
Reflections on a 45-year career and 13 years leading HealthNewsReview.org
In this, our final week of daily publishing as we wind down operations due to a loss of sufficient funding, I want to share some observations after a 45-year career in health care journalism, 13 of which were the pinnacle for me as Publisher of this website. Earlier this year, after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “surprise” primary election […]
‘Unconscionable’: Cleveland Clinic tweets misleading scans promoting experimental vaccine for incurable brain cancer
A tweet from the Cleveland Clinic showing before-and-after brain scans of a man who received an experimental immunotherapy vaccine drew more than 1,000 likes and shares last week: Sure looks as if the vaccine wiped out that tumor, eh? UK tabloid the Daily Mail snapped it up, reporting: “A revolutionary injection to treat the rare […]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 […]1
Kicking off 2017 HealthNewsReview.org year-ender series
This is the first of six year-ender pieces we have planned to wrap up 2017. In this first of the series we’ll provide an overview of highlights (or lowlights) of what we observed in reviewing media messages about health care every day in our 11th year. Don’t take $ from industries you report on We […]7
Conflicts of interest in health care journalism. Who’s watching the watchdogs? We are. Part 1 of 3
Ben Harder, a journalist with US News & World Report, recently tweeted, “Pharma ads subsidize many health reporters’ salaries.” Elisabeth Rosenthal, who now heads Kaiser Health News after a long career with the New York Times, tweeted in that same discussion, “Many of my articles in the NYT carried pop-up ads for pharma. Infuriating.” Many […]
Collusion between Hollywood script writers and pharmaceutical companies isn’t new. Nor is the call to regulate it.
Plenty has been written about a recent “disease awareness” plotline in ABC’s General Hospital that indirectly promoted ruxolitinib, the only prescription drug approved to treat a rare blood cancer called polycythemia vera (PV). The drug’s manufacturer, Incyte, said in a news release that it “teamed up” with the show and actress Finola Hughes, whose character […]