Inspectors General Want Criminal Probe Re: Republican Presidential Candidate

(Not really. It’s Hillary Clinton who is targeted…) The following is a news opinion and analysis I call it the “Substitution Game” in my book Stonewalled. It refers to how the news media sometimes disparately treats comparable news, depending on the subject and how the news outlet or reporter feels about it. According to the New York Times, “Two […]

Iran promises never to seek, develop or acquire any nuclear weapons

Read the proposed US-Iran nuclear deal yourself. 159 pages. PREFACE The E3/EU+3 (China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States, with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy) and the Islamic Republic of Iran welcome this historic Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which will ensure that […]

DC Conference Highlights Whistleblowers: Heroes Under Assault

Join this year’s Whistle Blower Summit on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. July 29-31 to celebrate the collective achievements of whistleblowers and their advocates. Meet and hear from whistleblowers in the public and private sector who have stood up for the public good and suffered severe retaliation. Registration on site: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 9:00am-10:00am […]

Judge Questions Govt. Delays in Attkisson v. HHS

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan calls speed of government response “unreasonable” When government offers to double the speed its response, Judge Chutkan replies: “But that will take us to, what, seven years instead of 14?” I’ve been seeking public information on HealthCare.gov since the fall of 2013. Under Freedom of Information (FOI) law, the government is […]

The Center for Public Integrity Sues Feds

The federal government is spending more of your tax dollars defending yet another lawsuit for its unlawful response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request. According to watchdog The Center for Public Integrity: “The Center for Public Integrity [yesterday] filed a federal lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission — an agency that exists to enforce […]

ProPublica Investigates Asthma Drug: Advair

ProPublica has a thorough, new investigation on the blockbuster asthma drug Advair, used by millions of Americans. Reporter Jeff Gerth writes that “recent federal research suggests that a significant percentage of asthma patients begin using Advair inappropriately, taking on what the drug’s label describes as an increased ‘risk of asthma-related death’ from one of its […]

Native Advertising: Corporate Influence in News

This is John Oliver’s comedic but effective treatment explaining “native advertising,” or the trend toward lack of separation between advertising and news. Keep in mind that native advertising incorporated in news stories is not always disclosed as an ad. I discuss some examples in my book Stonewalled. Watch HBO’s John Oliver on Native Advertising

Follow Up: Medical Journal Lancet Discloses Financial Interest of Pro-HPV Vaccine Article Author

As a result of my inquiry for the article “What you didn’t know about a doctor’s stance on the HPV vaccine,” the medical journal Lancet has now issued a correction to its publication. The correction acknowledges formerly undisclosed financial conflicts of interest between the article’s lead author and makers of the controversial human papillomavirus (HPV) […]