Milwaukee's Best No Longer
When the editor is a believer and is proved wrong by science - attack your own reporter and the scientists.
"...........Stanley’s reproof astonished journalist ethics observers. “It’s inappropriate, to say the least,” says James Madison University’s Kevin Smith, past president of the Society of Professional Journalists and head of its ethics committee. “If an editor has legitimate editorial concerns, or he believes a reporter didn’t put facts into proper context, this has to be addressed in the news or opinion pages, not in open attacks, on the phone or in print.”
Kelly McBride, head of ethics at the Poynter Institute, echoed Smith, saying that Stanley has a responsibility to correct the public record and in the forum in which it was made.
The editor’s post—characterized by one admiring liberal blogger as 'sandbagging a columnist'—unleashed an Internet torrent of criticism.Stanley’s ethical missteps were compounded by the fact that he was dead wrong in asserting the review had stated that all nine authors had “financial ties to the industry.” The paper’s “Declaration of interest” section states that one scientist worked for a drug manufacturer with a division that made BPA; two others were former government officials involved in risk assessment; as for the six other scientists, “Authors Hengstler, Foth, Gebel, Kramer, Lilienblum, and Wollin report no conflicts of interest.” The authors also declared that “no external funding was obtained” for the study......."