Sunday, February 8, 2009

New York Times-Wrong, Again

The New York Times gets it wrong. Again.

Don't misunderstand me. More than ever, the Times is the newspaper of record. Someday it may be the last newspaper standing. So it is critical that the Times gets things right. Instead of a serious examination of the the way a whole generation is at risk of toxic contamination; of the role environmental toxins have played in today's epidemics of cancer, autism, ADHD and other neurodevelopmental syndromes; Orenstein adopts a "What, me worry?" attitude. As Anonymom blogs, a sort of "See no toxins, hear no toxins, speak no toxins" approach.

Orenstein uses the Kids Risk project to put these risks in perspective. Consider the source.

The Kids Risk project was developed by the Harvard Centre for Risk Analysis, founded by John Graham who was later appointed by George W. Bush to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Graham was responsible for figuring out how many deaths-due-to-various-environmental-exposures per million were acceptable. The Harvard Centre for Risk Analysis is funded by industry and government sources. The Kids Risk webpage is supported by Exxon Mobil.

These are the sources of the newspaper of record. This Times article will be linked and quoted, twittered and bookmarked, archived and reblogged, and used to justify the continued contamination of our children.

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1 comment:

Susan Berkson said...

I was right. The Times has a "last man standing" plan.