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More than 600 stories reviewed on HealthNewsReview.org
In case you don’t visit the HealthNewsReview.org site often, I wanted to let you know about a new Publisher’s Note just published there. It reads: Our database of stories reviewed now numbers more than 600. 113 of the stories were by the Associated Press, which feeds most newsrooms. We’ve reviewed 38 stories by the Los […]4/17/2008
60 Minutes piece on Kanzius cancer cure not worth 60 seconds
One of the worst stories by a major news organization on a health care topic was turned in by CBS’ 60 Minutes last Sunday with a piece it entitled on its website, “The Kanzius Machine: A Cancer Cure?” The story was reviewed on HealthNewsReview.org and given one of the lowest ratings possible. The review summary […]3/24/2008
March madness in medical news on network TV
Reviews of network TV health news stories on HealthNewsReview.org so far in March would suggest it’s more like Halloween season than Easter. The stories have been so bad, it’s scary. Examples & excerpts: Medical breakthrough? New procedure fights tumorsABC’s Good Morning AmericaMarch 18, 2008Rating: 1 star Excerpt of our summary: “This short story presents little […]1/3/2008
2007's "Stinkiest Media Performances"
Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon have posted their 2007 P.U.-litzer Prizes for “the year’s stinkiest media performances.” Two health-news-related pieces made the list. Here’s what the judges said: “AMERICANS DON’T WANT UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE” AWARD — Jeff Greenfield of CBS, et al. Reflecting what became mainstream media’s conventional wisdom in the wake of Michael Moore’s “SiCKO” […]10/24/2007
How Four Stories Fared in Covering Alzheimer's Blood Test Study
Last week many news organizations reported on research to find a blood test to help identify Alzheimer’s disease. We reviewed four stories on that research: • San Francisco Chronicle • ABC’s Good Morning America • ABC Evening News • CBS Evening News All four stories were rated as unsatisfactory for discussing the quality of the […]10/10/2007
Bitter SCHIP recipe
On this blog I have been remiss not to weigh in on the recent and ongoing debate over children’s health insurance and the SCHIP or State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Not surprisingly, some of the wittiest commentary has come from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Their segments within the past week should not be missed. […]9/23/2007
Reader Response to "Too Brief To Matter" Discussion
We received some interesting feedback in response to our last Publisher’s Note, “Too Brief To Matter – Part Two: The benefits/harms of briefs & digests,” and wanted to share some of it with you. We are planning a revision to our site that would provide a better place to host such discussions online in the […]4/7/2007
60 Minutes on pharma influencing Congress – but why so late?
If you didnât see 60 Minutes last Sunday (April 1), go to their website and read the story and watch the video link for the segment called âUnder the Influence.â? Itâs the story of the incredible manipulation of Congress by the drug industry that took place to get the Medicare Part D legislation passed. Excerpt: […]12/16/2006
Trying to serve two masters in health journalism
Competition among news organizations is a good thing. Readers and viewers already get far too many reports that are regurgitated in similar fashion from the same source. But big media companies increasingly are going in the other direction: hiring big media names to serve two masters simultaneously. The latest is CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who, […]11/16/2006
Comparing Different Media on the Same Story
We’re making a new effort to compare coverage by different news organizations on the same story. For journalists and for consumers, we think this comparison will be interesting and insightful. For example, we’ve posted reviews of six stories by six different news organizations (three print, three broadcast) on a study published in the New England […]8/8/2006
Apple-eating mice: rejoice!
“An apple (or two) a day may help keep Alzheimer’s away — and fight the effects of aging on the brain,” according to a story posted on WebMD. The story should have said clearly, boldly and early: “IF YOU ARE A MOUSE.” But the story, reporting on a study funded by the U.S. Apple Association […]7/27/2006
Public Response to HealthNewsReview.org
People have been saying good things about HealthNewsReview.org, and we wanted to share some of them with you. HealthNewsReview.org has been named one of the winners of a 2006 Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism. The Knight-Batten Awards spotlight the creative use of new information ideas and technologies to involve citizens in public issues. They […]4/13/2006
More fake news followup – from the nation's 2nd biggest market
Here’s more followup to the Center for Media & Democracy’s report on the use of Video News Releases last week. The LA Daily News picked up the story and reported that one of the culprit TV stations found to use VNRs is in that second biggest TV market in the country – KABC. They reported: […]