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Letters Who gains from the media’s misrepresentation of science?

Skilled use of the media by vested interests to promote drugs and other health products

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 02 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1179
  1. David B Menkes, academic psychiatrist1,
  2. Joel Lexchin, professor2
  1. 1Waikato Clinical Campus, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand
  2. 2School of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Health, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada M3J 1P3
  1. david.menkes{at}

McCartney draws attention to the enduring problem of the media being all too ready to oversimplify, dramatise, and rehash medical science.1 Such “churnalism” benefits the media, in revenue if not reputation, often at the expense …

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