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February 19, 1992

Reporting Negative Studies in the Mass Media

Author Affiliations

Cincinnati Enquirer Cincinnati, Ohio

JAMA. 1992;267(7):930. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480070046014

To the Editor.  —Koren and Klein1 should have expanded their database search to include the month of September 1990 before deciding that reporters were biased against negative studies. If they had, they would have found numerous articles on the Jablon et al study,2 the results of which were first announced at a major news conference in Washington, DC, on September 19, 1990. My employer ran that story on the front page; I was in Boston at the time and read a Washington Post version of the story on page 3 of the Boston Globe.3Later, when the Wing et al4 study on leukemia in Oak Ridge, Tenn, workers appeared, it was also given front-page play in Cincinnati, Ohio.5 That study received more attention than its companion piece that day because the Jablon et al study had already been covered extensively and was, frankly, old