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Sugar: spinning a web of influence

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 11 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h231

Re: Sugar: spinning a web of influence

Whatever the rights and wrongs of the arguments the debate on the Today programme this morning between Colin Blakemore and Fiona Godlee was totally unfair to her and to listeners attempting to form any opinion. Firstly the amount of time to put relevant information into the debate was far too short, secondly and importantly the views of Colin Blakemore were given more weight simply by the fact that the BMJ editor's views could not be clearly heard and had to be shortened or cut into, giving more time to Colin Blakemore . That would possibly if she could hear the problems on the line, make presenting an argument more difficucult.. The presenter dismissively brushed the problem off as this is what happens when skype is being used in a broadcast. It was not so much just just a waste of time but being so badly presented by the Today programme made the BMJ's campaign whether justified or not look petty and unreasonably biased against industry's involvement in food policy.

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 February 2015
susanne stevens