Archive | July, 2015

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 Share      

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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) […]

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Coming this fall: “Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson”

My new Sunday morning program, with a focus on accountability reporting, will debut Oct. 4 on Sinclair Broadcasting’s ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates nationwide. I’m please to announce the team, including former CBS News executive Batt Humphreys as Executive Producer, and former CBS/NBC investigative producer Kim Skeen as lead investigative producer. The program will […]

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Fact Check: The Washington Post on Donald Trump and John McCain

[Above image: Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference] Donald Trump appears to have gotten under the skin of not only Democrats, but also fellow Republicans and the news media. Has that subjected Trump, a Republican presidential candidate, to unfair and/or inaccurate reporting? An article in the Washington Post today […]

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Benghazi Committee: Hillary Clinton Made “False” Claim About Subpoena

Today, the House Benghazi Committee released its subpoena of Hillary Clinton. In a statement, the Committee explained that it issued the subpoena in March but had not made it public. Why now? According to committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina: Clinton’s subpoena statement came in an interview on CNN when asked about her unusual–and critics claim […]

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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 […]

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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) […]

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