UPDATE: JAMA Editor-in-Chief Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo emailed the following, “Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We initiated our internal investigation earlier this week, in accordance with our standard processes for allegations of non-disclosure of conflicts.”

JAMA reporter Rita Rubin lamented in a lengthy and awkward essay earlier this month that the National Institutes of Health would be slowing awards for “misinformation research”, a term people in science are loathe to admit is merely code for censorship studies. One of the experts Rubin quotes is Dr. Richard Baron, president and chief executive officer of the American Board of Internal Medicine. But Rubin failed to inform readers that in his crusade against “disinformation” in medicine, Baron has been collaborating with Weber Shandwick, the PR firm for Pfizer and Moderna, the two manufacturers of COVID vaccines.

And here comes a shocker: Richard Baron’s concern about “misinformation” was first triggered when physicians spoke out against COVID vaccine safety, efficacy, and side effects. Of course, these are the same concerns held by Weber Shandwick, who Pfizer and Moderna are paying big buck to promote their vaccines.

What a surprise.

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