It is deeply disheartening for me to reflect on how health care information was miscommunicated so often by so many different players in 2020. In my 47-year career, I never saw a President, his Administration, some federal health agency leaders, many elected officials and so many others distort and deceive and mislead Americans so often on vital health care issues as I witnessed this past year. Some news organizations and individual journalists rose to new heights in clarifying and analyzing to help the public. But other corners of the journalism and public relations professions sunk to the bottom of the daily drumbeat of dreck – harming more than helping.
On this page I am posting links to each of the 44 articles I published on HealthNewsReview.org in 2020. I wrote all but four of them; the others were written by Mary Chris Jaklevic, who now writes for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Many of the lessons embedded in these posts are as valid today as they were even if published months ago.
(The 2-month gap in publishing occurred when I thought it was safe to go on vacation. You can see that ended abruptly in March.)