Comment on a comment
I received a lengthy comment over the weekend in support of Dr. Hwang's work. It says that, " The media are controlled by money and they can distort events and facts. We implore every single conscientious journalist throughout the world to report on this issue." Much of the thrust of the comment was that Hwang has been cheated, in large part by Schatten.
Now, I have no problem with presenting this person's opionion. However, the writer of the comment used the words "We" without identifying who "We" is. Is it a citizen's group? Is it Korean only? Is it prospective patients? Etc., etc. Because the writer declined to give an identity when asking for support, I am declining to publish the comment. Who is being supported? If the writer wishes to repost this with some identification of whom he or she represents (which can still be done without a personal name) I will post it to this blog for others to think over. The post begins, " We are happy to stand here to let the world know the truth." Please tell us who you are before we listen.
Anonymous comments are totally ok with me for personal opinion but a plea for "every single conscientious journalist throughout the world to report on this issue" can't be honored seriously when provided anonymously. Names can be withheld, but journalists can have no credibility if they can't check their sources. Yes, this is a blog and not a newspaper or journal, but I do try to adhere to standards of credibility and objectivity.