Tuesday, May 5, 2009

5/4/09: "The Huffington Post's War on Medical Science"

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Articles about & statements by HuffPost re its journalistic and business standards & practices


The Huffington Post’s War on Medical Science: A Brief History

by David Gorski, MD, PhD, FACS, ScienceBasedMedicine.org, May 4, 2009
Excerpt (emphasis added):
[A]rianna Huffington’s political news blog has become a haven for quackery, even going so far as to entitle his followup post The Huffington Post’s War on Science. And he’s absolutely right. The Huffington Post has waged a war on science, at least a war on science-based medicine, ever since its inception [...]

My disdain for The Huffington Post’s treatment of medical science goes way, way back–all the way back to its very beginnings.
As I mentioned before, a mere two or three weeks after Arianna Huffington’s little vanity project hit the blogosphere, I noticed a very disturbing trend in its content. That trend was a strong undercurrent of antivaccination blogging. [...]

There is little doubt that the blogging culture of HuffPo is steeped in anti-vaccine pseudoscience. If that were all that’s wrong with HuffPo, it would be bad enough. But it’s not. This year, HuffPo blogging has taken a turn for the worse. For HuffPo, this year is the year of the quack.

[Hat tip LGF, here]

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