Tuesday, October 09, 2007

 

There are trends...and then there are trends

Remember this September 11, 2007 front page story in the Washington Post:

More Kids Developing High Blood Pressure

“The rate of health-threatening high blood pressure has started rising among American children for the first time in decades, researchers reported yesterday, confirming a trend long feared by experts worried about the consequences of the obesity epidemic.”

…and in today’s Washington Post Health section Page 1:

“A new study has found a significant link between women's exposure to DDT as young girls and the development of breast cancer later in life…Experts emphasized that the breast cancer findings must be considered preliminary until they can be replicated by others.” Long-Hidden Dangers?

But the Post’s Robin Wright had no problem defending her paper’s short shrift to some recent positive news out of Iraq:

[Howard Kurtz] “"Robin Wright, should that decline in Iraq casualties have gotten more media attention?"

[Robin Wright] “Not necessarily. The fact is we're at the beginning of a trend -- and it's not even sure that it is a trend yet.” ‘Journalists’ Tell Howard Kurtz Why Good News from Iraq Shouldn’t Get Reported (updated w/video) see also: The Corner on NRO

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