Hiding Anti-industry bias: How the Left and the MSM Collude

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  • 08/29/2006

As we were saying … Case in point, today’s article in The Washington Post by left wing and fringe group shill Shankar Vedantam (he who quotes nutcases from the Alliance for Human Research Protection without revealing their biases)

Group Says FDA, Advisory Panels Show Bias Toward Drug Approvals

By Shankar Vedantam

“The panels of experts assembled by the Food and Drug Administration to advise it on whether to approve new drugs and medical devices are often biased in favor of recommending approval, according to a consumer group’s analysis released yesterday …”

Shankar goes on to note that the report was put out by “the National Research Center for Women & Families, a policy research and advocacy group.”

Well they are, sort of, if you also think that Moveon.org is a policy research and advocacy group. The Center, which claims to receive funding from NCI, also received money from the Tides Foundation, an organization that gives money to some of the most radical left wing organizations in the world including The Ruckus Society, a radical antiglobalization group. One of the Tides Foundation’s principal recipients is the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) ‘March 20 [2004] call to End Colonial Occupation from Iraq to Palestine Everywhere” organized by International ANSWER (a Stalinist front group). Immediately after 9/11, Tides formed a “9/11 Fund” to advocate a “peaceful national response” to the opening salvos of war. The Foundation replaced the 9/11 Fund with the “Democratic Justice Fund,” which was established with the aid of George Soros’ Open Society Institute.

(Soros, a currency speculator and drug legalization advocate, is a major contributor to Tides, having donated more than $7 million.)

Tides has also given grant money to the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which recently sponsored a National Press Club briefing for the Stephan Walt and John Mearsheimer, the two ‘academics’ who blame the “Israel lobby” (Jews) for terrorism.

Does this mean that the National Center is just as bad as the rest of the Tides bunch/ No. But it gives you an idea of how they lean which in turn shapes the conclusion of any report they wrote about the FDA — so well timed for the confirmation vote of Dr. von Eschenbach. And since Tides is just a pass through, just who is really given them the dough?

Lazy and biased reporting by Shankar. And as for the Center, lLike we said, the opposite of anti-industry is objective.


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