PBS Frontline’s recent attack piece
on the dietary supplement industry aired, natural health advocates responded in
force. PBS’s ombudsman Michael Getler—who is charged with reviewing criticisms
from viewers—was flooded with emails and phone calls critiquing the show’s lack
of balance. On February 5, Getler conceded that “greater context should have
been provided that made clear that, despite some serious examples of bad
outcomes on the program, this is not a public health calamity.”
Getler continues to perpetuate the notion that supplements are not regulated.
This is completely false, as we’ve reported time and time again. He also does
not address the issue of why the show did not disclose the financial ties of
those interviewed with Big Pharma.
send your message to Mr. Getler and tell him his response is not factual—that
the absence of context in the Frontline
film is inexcusable, and does not even address the conflicts of interest from
its interview subjects.
Please personalize and add your own
comments if you have time!
Your Supplement Documentary Got the Facts Wrong
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]