Thanks A Lot, ABC News!

28 Jan

Ugh. I can’t tell you how much it pisses me off when I read a story from a nationally accredited news source where horrendous misinformation leaks in.

It happened again today. “Girl, 9, Saves Mom from Diabetic Attack While Driving.” I can give kudos to the daughter who knew how to treat her mother’s low blood sugar. That’s where the praise ends.

A diabetic attack? Really? WTF is that even supposed to mean? High blood sugar? Low blood sugar? Blood starts spurting from all previous injection/infusion sites?

Then, towards the end of the article, they throw in this gem:

Sheridan said that she is now using an insulin pump, which is designed to eliminate lows in blood sugar in diabetics.

Oh? A pump does that now? Last time I checked, an insulin pump helps to regulate blood sugars when paired with rigorous management and blood sugar checks. In NO way does it eliminate lows.

It frustrates me to no end that someone will read this article and believe every last word. This article is now fact to that reader.

In my opinion, a trusted news source should have to do some research. Crazy, I know. I refuse to believe that he (Kevin Dolak, @kdolak on twitter) did more than 10 minutes of some Google-work before this article was written and published. Shame on ABC News for publishing this and shame on Kevin Dolak for not fact-checking.

4 Responses to “Thanks A Lot, ABC News!”

  1. Katie 28. Jan, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    I read this story yesterday and had the same reaction. What was worse than the terrible reporting were the terrible comments. People were saying, “those people shouldn’t have the right to drive”, etc. etc. I had to close it down because I was getting so mad.

  2. Scott E 28. Jan, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    While I must admit that I haven’t been attacked by a diabetic since wearing my pump (or even before, for that matter), the pump most certainly DOES NOT eliminate lows! If it did, I would not have woken up at 1:30 this morning with a blood sugar of 38 mg/dl…

  3. Scott K. Johnson 28. Jan, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

    Very frustrating, indeed.

  4. Sarah 28. Jan, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    What makes me angry is not only the false information, but also the fact that someone posted in the comments that people should stop getting mad at the daughter, which I agree with, but they said that “…once the person with diabetes comes around, they have no idea of what they have put there family, friends and co-workers through…” This person thinks that we don’t understand what we put people through, but I’m pretty sure we do because we are the ones… LIVING WITH IT.

    People make me angry sometimes.

    *insert angst here*

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