6/19/2008

Disease-mongering by Russert pundits

There has been a lot of speculation about what happened to and what could have saved Tim Russert. Some, like a Wall Street Journal piece, “A Visceral Fear: Unexpected Heart Attacks,” bordered on disease-mongering. That story discussed: “…experts who think wider use of coronary calcium CT scans could help spot more people at risk of […]

6/18/2008

Tracking conflict of interest news coverage

From time to time, I’ve highlighted how the Integrity in Science Watch project of the Center for Science in the Public Interest tracks news coverage (or lack thereof) of conflicts of interest in medicine and science. This week’s offering: • Cheer to Andrew Pollack of the New York Times for disclosing that Eric L. Matteson, […]

6/13/2008

NY Daily News unhealthy Father's Day prostate promo

Add the New York Daily News to my list of news organizations taking an unhealthy advocacy stance for screening tests. A promotion in the paper screams out, “Get your free prostate cancer screening, courtesy of the Daily News”: Beginning on Father’s Day, New York’s hometown newspaper offers these free tests every year, because we believe […]

6/3/2008

News coverage about my health news coverage journal article

Almost no mainstream news organizations reported on my paper, “How do US journalists cover treatments, tests, products and procedures? An evaluation of 500 stories,” in last week’s PLoS Medicine journal. That’s probably not surprising. Why would you publish a story about an analysis that showed that you and your industry did a sub-par job in […]

6/1/2008

Connecting the dots in health care reform news

As we flip the calendar over from a very busy May into a sunny June, I want to reflect on the common themes in the blog entries of the past four days: 1. My PLoS Medicine article, “How Do US Journalists Cover Treatments, Tests, Products and Procedures? An Evaluation of 500 Stories.â€? 2. The Commonwealth […]

2 5/27/2008

The “kid in the candy store” picture of US health care

The following Publisher’s Note has been posted on HealthNewsReview.org: We often benefit from some of the best health care journalism the world has ever seen. It’s investigative, in-depth, analytical, creative, gutsy, important and helpful. It raises questions about health policy and health care reform, about conflicts of interest in medical research, and about the way […]

5/27/2008

Some Journalists’ “Kid In The Candy Store” Portrayal of US Health Care

We often benefit from some of the best health care journalism the world has ever seen. It’s investigative, in-depth, analytical, creative, gutsy, important and helpful. It raises questions about health policy and health care reform, about conflicts of interest in medical research, and about the way things are done in the massive health care industry. […]

5/20/2008

The good and the ugly in TV health news

Last weekend I watched examples of the good and the ugly in TV health news. The good was a segment on Bill Moyers Journal on PBS, in which journalist Melody Petersen discussed her new book, “Our Daily Meds,” and how drug companies sell their products. The ugly was on CNN’s House Call during which CNN […]

5/16/2008

Why isn't it called plagiarism in TV health news?

“It’s not their story and they’re sticking to it,” is the headline of Florida media critic’s piece on a phenomenon in local TV news that we’ve written about before. Across the country, on many local TV stations’ health reports, you are being deceived if you think that the “reporter” was actually a “reporter.” He/she may […]

5/9/2008

Reporters & McCain's health care campaign canard

Trudy Lieberman writes: The Rocky Mountain News’s coverage of John McCain’s campaign stop in Denver last week raises an important issue for reporters, especially those covering the election: Do you let a candidate’s remarks stand unchallenged even if they are wrong or misleading? McCain had come to town to talk mostly about health care, the […]

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