Sunday, January 20, 2008

NYT Notes UCSF Gay Staph Apology,
SF Chron Silent on Apology
At least the New York Times today reports that UCSF has apologized for its offensive news release about gays and staph infection.
The UCSF's hometown paper, the San Francisco Chronicle, which did much to create the hostile media coverage around the globe about the new UCSF study generating so much controversy, didn't see fit to print anything today about the official apology.
Since, in my opinion, the SF Chronicle serves as both a stenography service and mouthpiece for UCSF, no one should expect this paper to report on the apology. Reporters and editors at the Chronicle are more likely to sign up for combat duty in Iraq than report on UCSF making an apology this week to the gay community.
Also, the Times makes note of the CDC issuing a clarification about all the confusing swirling about the hysterical media coverage and misperceptions about gay man and staph.
Needless to say, the SF Chronicle has failed to report on the CDC clarification.

On Friday, it issued an apology, saying their release had “contained some information that could be interpreted as misleading.”

“We deplore negative targeting of specific populations in association with MRSA infections or other public health concerns,” it concluded. [...]

Indeed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, which helped finance the study, affirmed on Wednesday that the disease was not sexually transmitted or limited to a certain type of person. It is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, the agency said in a statement, and is widespread in hospitals and among hospital workers.

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