If you’re interested in health care, you must read Wendell Potter over at Tarbell.org.
Potter is a former health care industry public relations executive; he left the industry and has started Tarbell.org, an investigative news site.
Here’s one example of Wendell’s work: “How corporate health interests, nervous about their profits, are trying to scare you.”
“One of the reasons I quit my job was because I could not in good conscience be a part of what we in the PR trade referred to as a FUD campaign, one designed to create fear, uncertainty and doubt about something,” he writes. “My former colleagues and I were very effective creators and implementers of FUD campaigns. We carried them out whenever any kind of health care reform was being proposed that might lead to shrinking profit margins.”
Other posts in this series take up similar topics — campaign contributions, how people use statistics to lie, etc.
Potter also wrote a book called “Deadly Spin,” about his career in the industry, and why he decided to quit.