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.