This letter was originally published to SkeptiKan.
I’ve never been more disappointed (actually, I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed in KMUW) in KMUW than I was with this morning’s story on chiropractic and CAM. The story was one-sided and, quite frankly, misleading.
From the story:
“I don’t think it is really in dispute at this point among informed scientist and informed policy makers that [chiropractic] is clinically effective. I would say that it’s proven, and they use the term proven.”
This statement couldn’t be more wrong. Skeptics and those of us in favor of science-based medicine have been trying to fight this kind of propaganda and this story doesn’t help. It’s obvious that no reputable medical experts were contacted for this story. CAM by definition is not medicine. If a practice is scientifically-proven, it becomes accepted medical practice. If it’s unproven or proven not to work (like chiropractic, naturopathy, homeopathy, reflexology, bloodletting, etc.) it’s not medicine. Calling it alternative medicine represents a false dichotomy.
I can understand KMUW wishing to report on how the new laws will affect these charlatans, and that’s the kind of reporting I want to hear. However, the part of the story that actually lent credence to their tricks was appalling.
I’ve been a huge supporter and advocate for NPR and KMUW for my entire adult life, because of the science and reason that generally serves to back the reporting. I simply can’t describe how hurt and let down I feel about hearing such an anti-science story from a station I love so much.