More leftist propaganda from Obama administration

May 12, 2010 05:34

?Obama’s Cancer Panel collaborates with propaganda media to push false cancer causes report to promote more environmental regulations.

By Jeff Stier at The Daily Caller

If you’ve looked at online, print or broadcast news in the past 48 hours, you’ve probably seen coverage of the President’s Cancer Panel report that hypes potential environmental causes of cancer. To not notice alarming headlines like, “Cancers from Environment ‘Grossly Underestimated,’” “Americans Bombarded with Cancer Causes,” and “‘Grievous Harm’ Posed by Unchecked Chemicals,” it would take a stock market crash, an attempted terrorist attack in Times Square, and a huge oil spill, all in the same week.

The report (which should not be confused with a scientific study), entitled “Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now,” calls for tough regulations on things the two authors claim cause cancer. However, some of their underlying assumptions are highly exaggerated and fly in the face of what the scientific community has established as the known causes of cancer. Even the American Cancer Society (ACS), one of the most well-respected cancer organizations in the country, has already stated it believes the report’s views are skewed. According to Dr. Michael Thun, head of Epidemiology and Surveillance Research at ACS, “the report is most provocative when it restates hypotheses as if they were established facts. For example, its conclusion that ‘the true burden of environmentally (pollution) induced cancer has been grossly underestimated’ does not represent scientific consensus.”

The New York Times’ columnist Nicholas Kristof broke the story with a piece titled “New Alarm Bells about Chemicals and Cancer,” which is quickly moving up the paper’s “Most Popular” list. Kristof’s piece, an opinion column—not a news article—played up the scare and didn’t ask the skeptical questions such a report should invite. Kristof’s piece set the tone for the news stories to follow.

But what should set off the alarm bells isn’t just the content of Kristof’s piece, but its release date. Kristof’s column appeared on The New York Times’ website on Wednesday evening, May 5, even though the report was strictly embargoed until May 6.


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