LETTERS FROM THE EDITOR
Why should veterinarians and others care about press ethics?
If the only place where the leaders of your professional association and their staff experts paid to address all the critical issues facing the profession will discuss these issues is with a “news service” that assures them of this kind of carefully scripted platform, it becomes that much harder for policymakers, animal health professionals, students, fellow veterinarians, and those you serve to get credible, accountable information. And if all other reporters have to submit questions only to the AVMA PR office, which can then craft the organization’s official answers, this only compounds the problem.
Both Kremlin-like practices allow AVMA officials to avoid the test of putting their views to people who will ask them straight questions and report what they actually say, not what they or the organization wish, on reflection, that they had said.
This letter went out in an email earlier today to about 200 people. I have made a few tweaks and am now publishing it for full distribution. Please circulate widely. Dear All, The announcement by MSPCA-Angell in Boston two weeks ago that the hospital was cutting back its emergency services, which I wrote about for The […]
From the Editor: TCR’s Funding Sources Some of you have asked if our most recent story is sponsored. Short answer, no. TCR is subscription-based, which means we serve readers. TCR launched in November 2019. In the short time since then, our readership has grown by the day, and with each story as more of you […]
Pet Insurance Report Post-Mortem From the Editor Dear Readers, As uncomfortable as some members of the pet insurance industry’s trade group, NAPHIA, including NAPHIA Board president Rick Faucher, may have been reading by this story [Trupanion CEO breaks with pet insurance industry trade group, says Trupanion is “totally aligned with the AVMA”], it’s worth noting that […]