June 21, 2009

Commentary: Good journalism a casualty of swine flu coverage

The swine flu outbreak that has wrecked Mexico's economy may become a case study in reckless journalism. It now turns out that it's not entirely clear whether the H1N1 pandemic originated in Mexico, as first reported, or in the United States. Like most of you, I had taken it for granted that the disease had started in Mexico. That's what most press reports said in late April, when we saw the first headlines about this illness. Some radio and cable television presenters called it the "Mexican flu."

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