Sunday, May 25, 2014

Who has the most accurate health news?

The independent site Health News Review evaluated nearly 2000 health-related news articles since 2006, ranking their accuracy and usefulness according to these criteria: cost, benefits, harm, veracity, exaggeration, availability, and the source and conflicts of interest of the promoters:

Here are the rankings:

Associated Press 3.61
NPR 3.57
Los Angeles Times 3.51
New York Times 3.49
Wall Street Journal 3.4
Reuters Health 3.24
CNN Health 2.98
US News 2.97
HealthDay 2.9
Time 2.81
WebMD 2.77
MSNBC 2.38

I was surprised that AP did so well, and WebMD so poorly.