A couple of years ago, a number of us raised concerns about an “investigative reporter” at a Detroit television station. At the time I noted that investigative reporters serve an important role in a democracy, but that they can also do great harm, as when Channel 7’s Steve Wilson parroted the talking points of the anti-vaccine movement. Wilson has since been canned but apparently, not much has changed. While performing my evening ablutions, I stumbled upon the latest abomination.
The story is about a surgeon turned faith healer. I can think of about a half-dozen different ways to make an interesting story out of this. But Channel 7, rather than doing the harder but more interesting story about the chicanery of faith healers, presented an infomercial. (more…)