Washington Post reporter Peter Whoriskey did an
impressive job looking into the ties between the American
Psychiatric Association and the drug industry and how they might influence their new Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
“In what some prominent critics have called a
bonanza for the drug companies, the American Psychiatric Association this month
voted to drop the old warning against diagnosing depression in the bereaved,
opening the way for more of them to be diagnosed with major depression — and
thus, treated with antidepressants.
“The change in the handbook, which could have
significant financial implications for the $10 billion U.S.
antidepressant market, was developed in large part by people affiliated with
the pharmaceutical industry, an examination of financial disclosures shows.
Whoriskey doesn’t accept that everything is on the up
and up and that those overseeing medical products for Americans have the best
interests of the public as their primary focus. He’s looked into the
overriding influence and control of the drug industry everywhere in medicine.
So where is Whoriskey and lots of other journalists when the subject is
vaccines and autism? Why don’t reporters EVER want to delve into the
non-stop mantra, “studies show no link”? Why aren’t they
suspicious about endless the conflict of interest waivers of our public health
officials and how much industry money they receive? How come the
independent studies linking vaccines to serious side effects never make it into
I guess crusading journalism has its limitations. The Washington
Post has long closed its eyes to industry ties
and public health denials when the headline involves vaccines and their side