DAVID GRANOVSKY

MORE STEM CELL MEDIA B.S.

In ALL ARTICLES on July 29, 2010 at 9:24 pm
(PRE) Addendum (there is also a post addendum!):

In the past, I have seen stories pulled from the net that were “too positive” on adult stem cells…I have seen stories re-written 2 and 3 times with no mention of retraction or revision and the re-writing all went in the direction of “more negative on adult stem cells, more promoting of embryonic.”  Perhaps I jumped the gun on this one.  I apologize. I only want to convey accurate info.

I know I am guilty of being jaded by a media (most of the US sources) that bought into the exaggerated promise and potential of embryonic stem cells and the over looked and undervalued status of adult stem cells.  I hope the tides are changing.  The world is backing adult, the Vatican is backing adult, the US Army/Veterans admin is backing adult…only the USA biotech, pharma, government and media has resisted backing adult.

Perhaps that time is coming to an end and the incredible power of adult stem cell treatments can one day be seen in this land originally  built on freedom.  We can only hope.

This story is now up and available.

I WAS EXCITED TO SEE THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE HEADLINE POP UP IN MY EMAIL BOX:


Adult Stem Cell Research Far Ahead Of Embryonic

.

EVEN BETTER, IT WAS COVERED BY A MAJOR NEWS SOURCE – CBS CHANNEL4.  UNFORTUNATELY, LIKE A HANDFUL OF STORIES THAT “SEEMED” TO SLIP PAST THE CENSORS, THIS STORY TOO WAS PULLED.  ALL I COULD FIND WAS THIS INTRO PARAGRAPH:


“A few months ago, Dr. Thomas Einhorn was treating a patient with a broken ankle that wouldn’t heal, even with multiple surgeries. So he sought help from the man’s own body. Einhorn drew bone marrow from the man’s pelvic bone with a needle, condensed it to about four teaspoons of rich red liquid, and injected that into his ankle. Four months later the ankle was healed…”

[Read the full article here]

GUESS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU CLICK ON THIS LINK OR THE 95 OTHER MEDIA SOURCES THAT PICKED IT UP?  YOU EVENTUALLY GET BACK TO THE ORIGINAL CBS4 ARTICLE WITH THIS EXPLANATION:


Page Not Found

Yikes!

It appears you have come across a page we do not have. This page may have been removed, changed or is temporarily unavailable but don’t go away.

Here are some helpful options to help you find what you’re looking for.


OH WELL, MAYBE ONE DAY WE’LL FIND OUT WHAT THE ARTICLE WAS ABOUT.  ONE DAY THERE WILL BE HONEST COVERAGE OF ADULT STEM CELL BENEFITS. ONE DAY…
AT LEAST ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE ALREADY HAPPENING IN OTHER COUNTRIES, JUST NOT IN THE GOOD OLE USA.


POST ADDENDUM – And now as a follow up, Bradley Fikes of the North County Times shared his personal opinion with me and was gracious enough to allow me to print it (this is his opinion and does not necessarily reflect that of the paper he works for)…

Hello David,

BF here, a reporter in San Diego with the XXX newspaper. Here’s my educated guess as to what happened with the story, “Adult Stem Cell Research Far Ahead Of Embryonic,” which you are free to publish.

The story, from Associated Press writer Malcolm Ritter, was supposed to run on Aug. 2, and was sent to AP subscribers such as us on that basis. A number of sites jumped the gun. I am guessing those sites yanked the story after AP complained.

AP embargoes are often broken, either intentionally or because the editors just forgot to check for an embargo. There’s a temptation to assume that just because something appears in the AP feed, it can be used immediately.

I’m localizing this story for my own paper, because San Diego does a lot with stem cells, both adult and embryonic. On a hunch, I Googled the first few words of the lead, and saw the story appearing in a plethora of places.

Like you, I think Ritter’s story is unusually good. It’s especially good for AP, which often does a lot of sub-standard or biased reporting. AP’s reporters are mainly responsible for that, but also its editors, who don’t do enough quality control.

Best,
BF

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  1. I actually found the article describing the ankle repair on Yahoo’s biotech link today.

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