Fake Medical Research as Big a Problem as Fake News, Says Former CBS Anchor
As the world confronts the realization that mainstream media organizations are the primary source of fake news and corporate propaganda in our world, more information continues to come to light indicating that much of mainstream science and medical research is also largely fraudulent.
In 2015 the editor of the prestigious Lancet Study issued a report warning that as much as 80% of today’s research supporting pharmaceutical marketing is fraudulent.
“Much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.”
– Dr. Richard Horton, editor of the world’s most respected medical journal, The Lancet
These cracks of credibility have been growing for many years now, and as we reported in 2016, the scientific community is proving itself to be highly susceptible to the corruption, dishonesty, dogma, and blatant profiteering, the same negative influences found in all other segments of today’s economy.
This is absolutely insane when you consider that the implications of corruption in this field very directly affect people’s lives and well-being by leading them into false cures and phony treatments for life-changing medical issues. Medical research journals influence law, insurance policy, doctor’s decisions, and bolsters prospective treatments and cures for many ailments and diseases.
Now, in 2017 we are still uncovering just how flawed and corrupt the medical research industry really is, and this may lead us to question much of what we hear and read on scientific medical studies.
A recent report for Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson dives into this issue more deeply. Attkisson is a former anchor for CBS News who quit after 21 years with the network to expose how fake news is rampant within the network. Her best-selling book, The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote, exposes the fake news industry.
In her recent report on fake science, Attkisson interviews a number of respected professionals, beginning with Dr. Marcia Angell who was at one time the editor-in-chief of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. Angell is a pioneer in the field of medical journals, but is highly critical of the state of the industry today, has been targeted for her views on this issue.
“I think physicians and the public have come to believe that drugs are much better and much safer than they really are.” ~Dr. Marcia Angell
Angell points out this type of corruption wasn’t always the norm, but that things began to change when the pharmaceutical industry became wealthier and gained more influence over doctors and researchers. Dr. Howard Pomeranz offers a similar warning on the impact that pharmaceutical companies now have in producing so-called research.
“One always has to be aware of the possibility that somebody who is an author or co-author, or someone who is consulted to help support the research was a paid consultant by the pharmaceutical industry, and that’s not always apparent.”
~Dr. Howard Pomeranz
The conclusion is that unseen interests are exercising a ‘startling level of control over medical research and over what is and is not published.‘ The message is that the public has been trained to take this kind of research at face value because of the air of credibility that many of these institutions in the public eye.
Watch the full news segment with host Sheryl Atkisson here: