U.S. Govt. “Routinely Breaks Freedom of Info. Laws”

In June of 2015, the House Oversight Committee convened hearings to examine failure of the government to comply with federal Freedom of Information Law. The witness list is below. “The hearing on Tuesday began with Sharyl Attkisson, a former CBS journalist, who called FOIA ‘a pointless, useless, shadow of its intended self’ that is ‘broken […]

Pro-HPV Vaccine Doc Omits Financial Ties in Medical Journal

One of the biggest promoted drugs in history, the HPV cervical cancer vaccine, is a multi-billion dollar blockbuster. But it’s also faced criticism — some of it from a scientist who helped develop it —  amid concerns about safety and effectiveness When Japan suspended proactively recommending the vaccine amid concerns over injuries, the makers, Merck (Gardasil) […]

Benghazi Story Links

Benghazi Emails Cast Doubt on Hillary Clinton Claims May 24, 2015 Benghazi Committee to State Dept: Turn Over Docs, May 16, 2015 The Evolving, Revolving Benghazi Story from Mike Morell and the White House, May 14, 2015 Judicial Watch Files Lawsuit for Hillary Clinton Emails, May 3, 2015 Benghazi Committee Gets Some Subpoenaed Docs From […]

Veterans Affairs Inspector General Steps Down Amid Controversy

Veterans Affairs Inspector General Richard Griffin is stepping down from his watchdog post amid allegations that he has been obstructing Congress’ investigation into the “Candy Land” VA hospital in Wisconsin. As I reported last week: A congressional investigation into a “Candy Land” physician who allegedly “doped up” and “zombified” veterans has uncovered disturbing new details. […]

Govt Wipes Recent Vaccine Injury Data From Website

In March, the federal government removed the latest vaccine injury court statistics—more than a year’s worth of data—from one of its publicly reported charts. It was an abrupt departure from the normal practice of updating the figures monthly. Wiping the latest data means the “adjudication categories by alleged vaccine” chart on a government website no […]

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

Justice Dept., DEA “Obstruct” Probe into “Candy Man” Doc after Veteran Deaths

Investigating the Wisconsin Veterans Affairs hospital where vets were allegedly prescribed drugs “like candy”– and where there have been allegations of illegal drug dealing– has been made difficult by federal agencies that are stonewalling Congress. That’s according to a Congressional report out today. It also says that despite the fact that Congress has oversight over the matters […]

IRS erases 24,000 Lois Lerner emails after they were subpoenaed

Another incredible account of federal officials failing to follow federal law. The IRS has acknowledged destroying 400 backup tapes containing 24,000 Lois Lerner emails. This happened, inadvertently the agency says, after Congress subpoenaed the material in its investigation into the IRS improperly targeting conservative groups. Lerner was an IRS manager at the center of the […]

Obamacare: Republicans Can’t Win For Losing?

If the plaintiffs win the current Affordable Care Act (ACA) case before the U.S. Supreme Court, King v. Burwell, millions of Americans who bought health insurance through the federal marketplace or “exchange” will lose the federal tax dollars they’re getting to help buy their policies. That’s because the Court would have ruled the ACA only allowed […]