ABC Promotes Times Pact with Left-Wing Advocacy Group By Dan Gainor Its common for the major TV networks to run news stories that rewrite those that appeared in that days New York Times . Its rarer to see a major news show resort to running press releases for advocacy organizations. Friday, ABCs World News Tonight managed to do both. Peter Jennings led the ABC broadcast talking about the importance of full disclosure and how the FDA had recommended that a whole class of painkillers used by millions of people should be kept on the market. He continued: This week, the... continue reading
CBS Backs Nanny State Ban on Teen Tanning By Dan Gainor CBS Evening News tried to shine some light on the tanning industry last night, but ended up simply showing their anti-business bias. Reporter Mika Brezinksis Eye On America segment focused on what anchor Dan Rather called a potentially-dangerous fad: Teenagers, hooked on tanning. But the segment wasnt about that at all. What Brezinksi addressed was adults hooked on controlling the lifestyle choices of other people. The story began with an interview with a 15-year-old tanning enthusiast named Caroline who, despite the winter months, was born to bronze, according to... continue reading
Supporter: Kyotos greatest value is symbolic By Dan Gainor The Kyoto treaty finally takes effect today and one of its major supporters openly admits the treatys greatest value is symbolic. That quote, from todays Washington Post article by Shankar Vendantam, was a rare hint of honesty in the global warming debate. The full quote came from Eileen Claussen, president of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change: The greatest value is symbolic. The typically one-sided piece from the Post buried the impact signing the treaty would have on the United States. The comment about the treaty being symbolic came in... continue reading
Couric, CBS Morning News touted Frances short work week, but will they admit it failed? By Charles Simpson When the French placed a limit on the time workers spend on the job each week, NBCs Katie Couric was ecstatic and applauded the additional time to shop and rest. Now that the French are rethinking the cap, will Couric admit the plan was a total failure? It was the closest thing to labor utopia a worker could wish for: a light work week with a heavy salary. In 1999, that wish became a reality when Frances Socialist government mandated a 35-hour... continue reading
Legal Analyst Undercuts Tort Reform Debate By Charles Simpson In a lead up to the presidents State of the Union Address on CNNs Paula Zahn Now , legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin undercut the whole concept of tort reform. Toobin used the stories of a family physician who couldnt afford to deliver babies and a little girl plagued by an emergency C-section to frame the debate surrounding medical malpractice reform that Bush later discussed. Toobin then blamed everyone from insurance providers to bad doctors for rising costs and left out the most obvious culprits entirely lawyers. Its no secret that medical... continue reading
Times Gives Chile Savings Plan the Cold Shoulder By Dan Gainor Tomorrows State of the Union address is expected to be filled with visions of fixing the Social Security mess. President George Bush will probably cite the experiences in Chile, which went to private accounts more than 20 years ago. Readers of The New York Times should beware, however. Their paper has already come out and attacked the Chile success story in a slanted and mistake-filled piece that ran on the front page January 27. The article, written by reporter Larry Rohter, used a mixture of errors and distortions to... continue reading
Times Changes its Hole Position on Ozone Layer By Dan Gainor When is an encouraging end to a global environmental problem really a bad thing? When its in the New York Times , of course. The problem began decades ago when scientists first detected a hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica. Since, the ozone layer shields the earth from harmful ultraviolet rays, environmental groups complained long and hard about the dangers. As the Times explained in an August 3, 2003 piece by Andrew C. Revkin, Recognition that most of the damage came from a group of synthetic chemicals --... continue reading
A new study of drugs for schizophrenia is getting media attention both for what it says and for what the media claim it says. The Washington Post especially used the occasion to say it underscores the extent to which physicians, patients and policymakers can be blindsided by self-interested research by drugmakers. According to the September 20 Washington Post, Federal Study Finds No Benefit Over Older Cheaper Drugs. The New York Times took a similar approach, claiming A landmark government-financed study that compared drugs used to treat schizophrenia has confirmed what many psychiatrists long suspected: newer drugs that are highly promoted... continue reading