The Media

Let’s Play News, Not News at the Helena Independent Record

Not News: A national story about Representative Rehberg jeopardizing health, food safety, and tobacco prevention.

News: Running a news story about the 12 person Constitution Party’s state convention that included their press release word for word. This, my friends, is news:

The Constitution Party of Montana stands without apology in its commitment to the principles of our Founding Fathers as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the original understanding and intent of the Constitution. The CPOM platform recognizes our creator God as the giver of life and liberty. The platform calls for recognition of the right to life of every human person from conception, no restrictions on gun ownership for law-abiding citizens, strong protection of individual property rights and an end to the welfare state, including unconstitutional subsidies for corporations and foreign countries.

On another note, sweet web site, Constitution Party. Colbert fans, I take it?

I wonder if the IR and other local press would cover Representative Rehberg if he wore a tricorne hat while systematically destroying the FDA’s regulatory power?

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  • Isn’t that FDA and it’s exercise of power really something:

    …the FDA is responsible for far more deaths of Americans than all the terrorist events in the history of the world — combined!

    How is that so?

    How the FDA has killed millions of Americans
    for starters, the FDA has a long and rather dubious history of keeping
    dangerous, deadly drugs on the market even after it knows those drugs
    are killing people. The FDA has even gone out of its way to ignore critical evidence about dangerous drugs in order to appease its Big Pharma clients and keep those high-profit drugs selling while people are dying.

    To see one example of this, look at the history of Vioxx — a drug the FDA kept on the market while it racked up well over 60,000 deaths according to the FDA’s own scientists! (…)

    Dr David Graham said in an interview, “The FDA is responsible for
    140,000 heart attacks and 60,000 dead Americans. That’s as many people
    as were killed in the Vietnam War. Yet the FDA points the finger at me
    and says, Well, this guy’s a rat, you can’t trust him,’ but nobody is
    calling them to account. Congress isn’t calling them to account.”

    If you want more evidence of the FDA’s outrageous disregard for human life, look at the agency’s handling of the drug Ketek ( Or check out how the FDA kept the liver-damaging drug Rezulin on the market while diabetic Americans were dropping dead.

    The FDA’s own scientists have repeatedly accused the agency of engaging in routine intimidation of scientists who try to call attention to dangerous products (…).===end quote===Seems you are content with the FDA’s track record.

  • Craig – there’s more to the debate than typing ‘FDA bad’ into Google and copying-pasting the first link that shows up.  How exactly does cutting FDA regulating funding solve the problem that the FDA  does regulate drugs strictly enough?

    • HEY, craigy gets  paid by the word!   He can’t help it if he logorheas all OVER the place!  It’s what he does to pad his income.  Just ignore it like you would if you accidentally tried to fart and shat your pants.

    • PW, you have an overactive imagination.  Did no such thing.

      As to the FDA, how is that  you guys whistling past the grave yard of the many thousands dead going to address their misfeasance and malfeasance?  As Dr. Graham, who worked at the FDA for 20 years, said:

      MANETTE: In that same PBS program, you were also quoted saying,
      “The organizational structure within the CDER is currently geared
      towards the review
      and approval of new drugs. When a serious safety issue arises at post
      marketing, the immediate reaction is almost always one of denial,
      rejection and heat. They approved the drugs, so there can’t possibly be
      anything wrong with it. This is an inherent conflict of interest.”
      Based on what you’re saying it appears that the FDA is responsible for
      protecting the interests of pharmaceutical companies and not the American people. Do you believe the FDA can protect the public from dangerous drugs?

      DR. GRAHAM: As currently configured, the FDA is not able to
      adequately protect the American public. It’s more interested in
      protecting the interests of industry.
      It views industry as its client, and the client is someone whose
      interest you represent. Unfortunately, that is the way the FDA is
      currently structured. Within the Center for Drug Evaluation and
      Research about 80 percent of the resources are geared towards the
      approval of new drugs and 20 percent is for everything else. Drug
      safety is about five percent. The “gorilla in the living room” is new
      drugs and approval. Congress
      has not only created that structure, they have also worsened that
      structure through the PDUFA, the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, by
      which drug companies pay money to the FDA so they will review and approve its drug. So you have that conflict as well.

      ===end quote===

      Until such time as the 80/20/5 is rejiggered to focus on safety, remove the false sense of security that will  lead to even more  deaths.  People should not be duped, except for Larry.  He needs his blanky.

      • Craig – While what you are saying about the FDA is interesting (something that gets covered in liberal publications pretty frequently) I don’t see how Rehberg’s act is helping anything.  I mean, sure, hospital mistakes kill tens of thousands of people a year, but giving them less money isn’t going to change that. 

  • So, because the FDA KILLED MORE THAN THE VIETNAM WAR because of lax regulation, shouldn’t I be really angry that Representative Rehberg wants to reduce their oversight powers?

    You might also want to think a little bit about what that highly credible site would say about Rehberg’s effort to make it impossible to regulate antibiotics in agriculture.I think you can troll a little better than this.

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