Thursday, August 14, 2008

Peter Wilby: The media's addiction to controversy can seriously damage your health

re: "Nearly all journalists aspire to emulate two stories: the Watergate scandal, which brought down a US president; and the thalidomide scandal, which, after years of campaigning and legal battles, forced a multinational giant to eat humble pie, and made Harold Evans and his Sunday Times Insight team world famous. Watergate explains why newspapers fiercely pursue public figures accused of minor expenses fiddling, attach "gate" to their names and try to implicate anybody up to and including Downing Street in a "cover-up". Thalidomide explains why, on the flimsiest of evidence, they accuse doctors of inflicting dangerous diseases or disabilities on children. The results of one such media frenzy became evident last week..."...

hat tip: Expat Yank

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