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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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Proud of my undergrad health journalism students

I’m proud to offer a link to a class project done by four undergraduate students in my Advanced Reporting Methods: Health & Medical Journalism class. “The Uninsured: You’re in your 20s. Why should you care?” is a website researched, designed and launched by four seniors. Mind you, it’s not perfect. But consider that this was […]


Undisclosed conflicts of interest in media interviews

Jeanne Lenzer and Shannon Brownlee have a piece in Slate today that asks, “Are doctors shilling for drug companies on NPR?” The piece begins: “A few weeks ago, devoted listeners of National Public Radio were treated to an episode of the award-winning radio series The Infinite Mind called “Prozac Nation: Revisited.” The segment featured four […]


Texas hospital bans workers from reading critical newspaper series

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that administrators of the county’s public hospital system have banned workers from reading a newspaper series critical of the system – at least while they are at work. The paper reports that the hospital system blocked internet access to the site. The newspaper says that three of its reporters […]


Sex & Cereal

There are many very smart people scrutinizing health news coverage these days. Some of them populate the Chance News wiki based at Dartmouth College. Look at how one observer analyzed recent news coverage of the stories behind some of these headlines: The Independent: “Big breakfast is most important meal — if you want a baby […]


The Healthy Skeptic – written by one who is

Here’s a book you should buy and read. University of California Press has published “The Healthy Skeptic: Çutting Through The Hype About Your Health,” by Robert Davis, PhD. Disclosure: Robert is my friend and trusted colleague. I hired him at CNN longer ago than either of us wants to remember. Just to give you a […]


Re-design & new features on

Visit to see its entirely new design and new “Join the Discussion” forum, allowing for better dialogue among journalists, health care consumers, news consumers and others. The site is now two years old and has reviewed more than 540 stories.


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