NBC's Robert Bazell called halting estrogen supplements "an obvious cause" of the 7% year-over-year decline. ABC's John McKenzie showed us the monthly timeline: "within just weeks" of women being instructed to halt Hormone Replacement Therapy, the cancer incidence started to drop.
Williams is correct. It is always pleasant to be able to report good news. But this eagerness left gaping holes in the coverage.
What about the bad news? How many post-menopausal women contracted breast cancer because they took HRT before 2002? How many of them died as a result? Why were doctors prescribing a potential killer? What made them think it was safe? What pharmaceutical companies benefited from pushing HRT? What other similar supplements are used nowadays with similar potential safety problems?
Just because the glass is half full, journalists should not avoid reporting that it is half empty.
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