FDA Found Manipulating The Media In Favour Of Big Pharma

It is obvious that the FDA favours the medical industry over consumers’ health according to an article in True Actavist by Brainna Acuesta.

Most people assume that the federal Dug Administration [FDA] keps the American public safe, most of the time they do the opposite, denying them access and information to treatment and controlling the media in a misleading way.1

Document s reveal that the FDA use various tactics to stop the whole truth being revealed about a drug .They often invite selected journalists to briefings, but they have to agree to only speak to sources approved by the agency. Something most journalists are not comfortable with.

When NPR reporter Rob Stein was extended one of these loaded invitations, he responded by saying, “My editors are uncomfortable with the condition that we cannot seek reaction,” and asked that they be given a bit more wiggle room to speak with others. When Stein was met with a resounding no, he decided to agree to the terms and attend the briefing.

The New York Times former Public Editor, Margaret Sullivan, said:

“I think embargoes that attempt to control sourcing are dangerous because they limit the role of the reporter whose job is to do a full look at a subject. It’s really inappropriate for a source to be telling a journalist whom he or she can and can’t talk to.”2

Those who intend to speak with unapproved sources or announce these embargoes are met with threats..

The Association of Health Care Journalists said that the close-hold embargo is “a serious obstacle to good journalism. Reporters who want to be competitive on a story will essentially have to agree to write only what the FDA wants to

So much for freedom of the press!

 

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1 An investigation into documents released through the Freedom of Information Act by Scientific American

2 An investigation into documents released through the Freedom of Information Act by Scientific American

 

 


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