Rodale, publisher of Prevention, Men’s Health and Women’s Health, wants to “make it simple” for readers:
“The news can be confusing and contradictory. ... We take the confusion out of understanding your health [and] your environment. And we add a level of common sense and moderation that has been sadly lacking in the current sensation-seeking news landscape.”
Readers should expect only the best journalism from the Washington Post, a Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper; and Slate.com, a recipient of the prestigious National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Or, at the very least, they should expect clear, accurate and reliable reporting. Yet that’s not what they’re getting.
So, we noticed some changes in the offending Washington Post report and reached out to the Ombudsman again with some of our on going concerns. Here's the latest:
November 27, 2012
Dear Mr. Pexton
Carolyn Butler’s article in The Washington Post, “Eating fish is wise, but it’s good to know where your seafood comes from,” takes good news about the health benefits of eating seafood and buries it under a cascade of frightening precautionary warnings.
It doesn’t surprise me anymore when people get information about seafood wrong and tuna in particular. But it does surprise me just how wrong they get it.
Let’s take for instance Andrew Freeman on TakePart, he’s an apparent expert on nutrition whose degree in history from UCLA and recent posts on prison overcrowding and a house in the UK made entirely of waste seem to back that credential up.
NBC has changed the headline--
If you’re ever in Ms. Gordon’s Catskills neighborhood when the power goes out, knock on her neighbor’s door. Rather than use mass care authorities like the Red Cross to craft her survival tips (published in the Huffington Post), she relies on the National Resource Defense Council’s (NRDC) “Preparing for Disaster” checklist.
Scientific studies that are outliers or in the end don’t reach a causal conclusion or can’t really be practically applied but at least appear to buck current knowledge are often fodder for headlines. When in reality they shouldn’t be.
September 5, 3012
Reuters America News Service/Syndicate
3 Times Square
New York, NY 10036
Dear Mr. Bohan,
Over the past few days, the world has been riveted as each of the 33 miners who have been trapped underground in Chile since August has made it to the surface. It's an incredible story, and one where canned tuna played a small, but significant role.
Things have gotten rather quiet over at Good Housekeeping so we thought we'd ping 'em one more time. Keep in mind this is a publication that brags on its website that it "exercises strict editorial judgment."
September 29, 2010
Ms. Sarah Scrymser
300 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
Dear Ms. Scrymser,