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Times: "Newspaper With a Record"

From The Cancer Chronicles #18
Ā©1993 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.

WNYC-FM radio personality Steve Post calls the New York Times not the "newspaper of record," but "the newspaper with a record."

It certainly has a record when it comes to alternative medicine. In October [1993], for example, the Times called Hatch and RichardsonĀ¼s efforts "The 1993 Snake Oil Protection Act." Admitting that "the biggest volume of mail being logged in many Congressional offices these days" is in support of these bills, the influential paper claimed that this mail was generated by the health food industry's "scare tactics."

The Times apparently views supplement consumers as dupes. The struggle, they think, is really "about the right of unscrupulous companies and individuals to maximize profits by making fraudulent claims."

Yet the Times's own readers are increasingly pro-supplement, as Marian Burros acknowledged in her "Eating Well" column (8/4/93). Many "believe that the Government is trying to take away their access to these remedies," and consider the Times' position "dumb." In addition, the Times is silent on the fact that Richard Gelb, chairman of Bristol Myers-Squibb and vice chairman of Memorial Sloan-Kettering, sits on its own corporate board..

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Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D. is director of the The Moss Reports for cancer patients. Dr. Moss is the author of eleven books and three documentaries on cancer-related topics. He is or has been an advisor on alternative cancer treatments to the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, the American Urological Association, Columbia University, the University of Texas, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the German Society of Oncology. He wrote the first article on alternative medicine for the Encyclopedia Britannica yearbook. He is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in the East, and Who's Who in Entertainment (as a film documentarian). This Web site does not advocate any particular treatment for cancer. We urge you to always seek competent medical advice for all health problems, especially cancer. Before consulting our site please read our full Disclaimer statement.

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