Without evidence of benefit, an intervention should not be presumed to be beneficial or safe.

- Rogue Medic

CNN is Selling Snake Oil – All You Have to Do is Believe.

CNN has recently run two stories that seem to have nothing to do with journalism. Rather, they mock journalism.

Brain-dead baby recovers trumpets the news that a baby who was brain-dead really recovered. In the story, not that anyone reads details any more, they only mention that the baby was pulseless. Nowhere in the story is there any mention that he was brain dead.

Should CNN change the misleading and unethical title?

No, this brings viewers and CNN can do anything to make more money.

In the more recent story, Man declared dead, says he feels ‘pretty good, in the article CNN claims that the man was brain-dead, but no medical staff are quoted. No mention of attempting to obtain comments from the doctor in charge of this man’s care.

His father, Doug, said he saw the results of the brain scan.

“There was no activity at all, no blood flow at all.”

Maybe I am a cynic, but I’m guessing that this is the first “brain scan” that he has claimed to have seen. We might want a second opinion, maybe from someone trained to interpret them.

Not if you are CNN or Associated Press – the attributed source of the story.

What happened to at least two sources?

What happened to common sense?

What happened to medicine?

It seems that CNN has become jealous of the ratings of reality TV shows and want to join in.

Well, reality TV is as much about reality as homeopathy is about patient care.

Maybe I will vary my patient pseudonym between CNN and Dr. Deborah Peel – two peas in a pod.

Comments

  1. I don’t see what you find so incredulous about this. After all we elected (for 1/2 of his terms anyway) a brain dead baby to the office of president.Remember, all things are possible if you pray to baby jebus!

  2. The Clinton News Network is a joke.Will they ever have a honest news story?

  3. “Maybe I will vary my patient pseudonym between CNN and Dr. Deborah Peel – two peas in a pod.”Do it! That would be absolutely hilarious. PS: EE asked me to write: “I replied to your email.”

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