Pharmaceuticals Anonymous

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Rolling Stone article plagiarizes Furious Seasons

Furious Seasons blog owner and investigative journalist Philip Dawdy writes,

"This news brought to you courtesy of the Zyprexa documents, which Rolling Stone apparently used in reporting its recent lengthy story on Zyprexa, but didn't attribute to the appropriate source. They are just referred to as "internal documents" in the article, completely ignoring the very substantial risks some folks went to to make those documents public.
Yes, the RS article is now online and I've read it. I want to re-read it before deciding whether to take out a plinging gun or a .50 caliber machine gun.
Despite giving the reporter loads of help for his story and going unmentioned and unattributed, one thing I'll tell you right now is that the article is entitled "Bitter Pill." Ironically enough, last year I wrote an article for Willamette Week on how negative anti-depressant clinical trials data had been suppressed for decades. The article's title was "Bitter Pill." While article titles are up for grabs, it just charms me beyond belief that RS chose, coincidentally I'm sure, a title I'd already used. Classic."

RS article is here

A fine shout-out to Dawdy's giant-killing work at Furious Seasons is
here. - Why doesn't Rolling Stone hire Philip Dawdy?