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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 […]12/7/2009
Failure to scrutinize claims about screening all US sixth-graders’ hearts
Last week, several news stories across the country reported that a Houston sports cardiologist was calling for widespread heart screening of sixth-graders after he found seven with undiagnosed heart conditions — two of which required surgery. The Houston Chronicle reported the story, but the only comment about concerns was one of cost: “Such an endeavor, […]11/18/2009
Too much emotion – not enough evidence – in TV's coverage of breast cancer screening
I watched all three TV networks’ lead stories from last night’s newscasts – all three on the US Preventive Services Task Force’s new breast cancer screening recommendations. Lots of talk about “anger, confusion, concern, fear, outright revolt, disturbing, shocking” reactions from women and doctors all across the country. First, I’ll note a reasonably well-balanced job […]11/17/2009
Imbalanced, inaccurate reporting on USPSTF breast screening recommendations
For example, an AP story that had 6 voices of people criticizing the new recommendations and only 4 who supported them. Within that story there was more troubling imbalance and even inaccuracy. It allowed one woman to say “I don’t know how the US government or a panel of government officials can think they know […]11/16/2009
TV docs & their bosses must decide: Are they docs or journalists?
Looks like all 3 TV networks led with the story about the US Preventive Services Task Force changing its recommendations on breast cancer screening. I couldn’t watch all 3 simultaneously so I watched the CBS Evening News, which had Dr. Jennifer Ashton report the story. At the conclusion of the taped segment, she told the […]11/13/2009
CBS Early Show calls pig breast research a breakthrough
Take a look at the graphic below. Does it look like a pig’s breast or like a human breast form? Because it was a centerpiece of a CBS Early Show story about research to grow breast tissue – and it’s only been done in pigs. But that didn’t stop CBS’ Dr. Jennifer Ashton from calling […]6 5/14/2009
Physician-reporters at the forefront? I don't think so.
Dr. Jennifer Ashton, CBS news medical correspondent, in an interview on the Columbia j-school site, says: “The people who are really at the forefront of medical media and medical correspondents – they are physicians.” I couldn’t disagree more. Hundreds of non-physician journalists have toiled on this complex beat far longer, with more dedicated fulltime effort, […]7/28/2011
Stories that don’t quantify benefits/harms/costs are poorly-framed health policy stories – part 4 of 5
In part 4 of this weeklong series of video clips (taped with me at the recent NIH Medicine in the Media workshop at Dartmouth College), I try to reframe stories about “new stuff” in health care – new treatments, tests, products, procedures – as health policy stories, even though they’re usually not framed that way. […]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 […]