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[snip] Ten years of silence. Remembering the 1996 suit against Oprah, who'd publicized the risks of mad cow disease, John Stauber of the Center for Media and Democracy writes, "Ultimately Oprah won her lawsuit, after spending millions of dollars and years of her life defending herself." But, he adds, "even though Oprah talked tough as she walked victorious from an Amarillo, Texas, courthouse . . . she has never re-visited the subject of mad cow disease in America on her program, and her lawyers have even bottled up the April 16, 1996, program itself so that the historic video footage is not easily available."

[snip] Things that no longer go without saying. Economist Brad DeLong and journalism prof Susan Rasky write at niemanwatchdog.org: "Government is not a glamorous gathering of celebrities. Government is not a sports cage match. Journalism is not a gossip circle. Report on government as you would report to your siblings on the rental agent your mother hired to handle her Florida condo."

[snip] Headlines from hell. A Journal of the American Medical Association press release at eurekalert.org: "Use of anti-depressant does not decrease risk of relapse for patients with anorexia nervosa." --HH

Read Harold Henderson's blog, Daily Harold, at chicagoreader.com

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