Journalists have a unique and vitally important role in informing the public, particularly when trusted authorities neglect to do so adequately. The nation’s public health demands greater investigative reporting related to Lyme disease for reasons discussed below.
Lyme disease is unique among infectious diseases. Here are some basics journalists must keep in mind when reporting on Lyme and associated diseases.
“I would not have been able to write this book if I had not been a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, the only daily newspaper in the United States that did not need a movie star to come down with AIDS before it considered the epidemic a legitimate news story deserving thorough coverage.” It’s a striking statement, isn’t it, with the benefit of hindsight?
Lyme and AIDS have one thing in common: politics.