We have often discussed how the shortcomings of leadership of big health care organizations may be anechoic. (See this post for a recent example.)
Now, on the HealthBeat blog, Maggie Mahar discussed how journalists often fail to look closely at the actions of large, well-known local hospitals. She noted some possible causes:
- "Hospitals, after all, are major advertisers."
- "the marquee hospital’s patrons tend to be powerful local figures."
- " most readers really don’t want to hear that their local academic medical center is having problems...."
She also summarized just how unhealthy relationships among the news media and marquee hospitals can become, but also provided some examples of incisive investigative reporting. As they say, read the whole thing.