Media Schizophrenia Over Zyprexa-Gate

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  • 02/14/2007
I am trying to keep track of the arguments the media is making in favor of

1.Alex Berenson orchestrating the 'leaking' of a small slice of documents in a class action trial against Lilly to show that the company 'knew' of a possible relationship between it's atypical and weight gain and tried to cover it up and

2. That returning the illegally obtained documents is somehow a violation of the freedom of press.

According to the AP:

Last week, Judge Weinstein had requested that the reporter, Alex Berenson, appear in court Wednesday to discuss testimony that the judge said had implicated the writer in a "conspiracy" to obtain the documents, which had been placed under seal by the court.

Here's how the NY Times excuses sleazy conduct and avoids at least talking about in a way that they have hounded others to do so (such as Scooter Libby)

"We guard quite zealously our role as a member of a free and independent press and believe quite passionately that, consistent with the principles embodied in the First Amendment, it is not the role of the newspaper or its reporters to submit to cross-examination about such matters even where it may otherwise serve our particular interests in a particular case to do so,"

Note: this was not a cross-examination in open court. It was chance to clear
up what Berenson knew and did and when.

Also note that "co-conspirators" like MindFreedom and other web-based ax-grinders now claim that being in possession and posting of stolen documents is okay. And of course none of this is related to lawsuits contemplated by state AGs in Illinois, Vermont and elsewhere to sue Lilly regarding Zyprexa. (Nothing like going to the well again.)

The idea that Lilly tried to hide the risk of weight gain associated with Zyprexa is nonsense. It's in the literature for anyone not lazy enough to search...

J Clin Psychiatry. 1998;59 Suppl 12:17-22. Links
Adverse effects of the atypical antipsychotics. Collaborative Working Group on Clinical Trial Evaluations.

This whole jihad is being driven by crackpots, money hungry state AGs and aided by a newspaper that is willing to sacrifice both national security and the truth to play to its shrinking readership.....

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