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Yup, GMA did break that JAMA postpartum depression in men study embargo

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Yesterday, I asked whether  an ABC Good Morning America story on men developing postpartum depression, posted about 9 a.m. Eastern, had broken a JAMA embargo.

The answer is yes, according to an email just sent out by JAMA’s director of media relations, Jann Ingmire:

The ABC-TV program, “Good Morning America” broke the JAMA embargo yesterday morning (May 18) by promoting a study that was to be released later in the day. I contacted the producers at GMA who told me that their story on depression and new fathers had been finished weeks ahead of this airing and they were just using the JAMA study as a “hook” to finally run it. The story did not contain any data from the study. They also claimed to be unaware that it is a violation of our embargo policy to promote a JAMA study before publication. It is.

We have had this question before, so perhaps there is some confusion about our policy. Any mention of  JAMA by name or any information from any journal content prior to the embargo lift is considered an embargo break.

We thank the reporters and media outlets who respect our embargo for JAMA and the Archives journals. We take these embargo infringements very seriously.

JAMA Editor-in-Chief Dr. Catherine DeAngelis will be following-up with ABC’s Medical Editor about the GMA embargo break.

“ABC’s Medical Editor” is senior health and medical editor Richard Besser. For a taste of what might happen when he speaks with Catherine DeAngelis, read “Break a JAMA embargo, get blacklisted, then what?”

Updated 2:40 p.m. Eastern, 5/19/10: Soon after I posted this, Jann called me and said that she had been in touch with J.D. Miles, the Dallas-Forth Worth CBS 11 TV reporter who did this story, published the night before the embargo was scheduled to lift and also mentioned in yesterday’s post.  J.D. said he’d been given the story without any embargo information, so what will happen there is a bit unclear. (I also updated the bit about to whom “ABC Medical Editor” refers two paragraphs above.)


Written by Ivan Oransky

May 19, 2010 at 2:14 pm

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  1. I think that if Catherine DeAngelis wants to keep things off the air and out of print, she should stop issuing releases before they can be used. I truly wonder how much of this is driven by the desire to be “fair” and how much is driven by the desire to control the people who cover the news she wants covered. Part of me thinks that the entire profession should begin to disregard JAMA embargoes (and perhaps all embargoes) entirely. That may be the only way to deal with their heavy-handedness and outrageous retaliation.


    May 19, 2010 at 2:48 pm

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