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Politico breaks yet another embargo, this one of an Institute of Medicine report

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An email that went out to Institute of Medicine’s press list at 11:15 a.m. Eastern yesterday:

Hello, after learning that Politico posted a blurb about the IOM report on geographic adjustments to Medicare payments this morning ahead of the embargo lift, the Institute of Medicine is lifting the embargo immediately. We will still hold the public briefing as planned at 1:00 p.m. ET in the National Press Club. If you wish to speak with a member of the authoring committee between now and 1:00 p.m., please give me a call on my mobile xxx-xxx-xxxx or drop me an email which I’ll receive on my blackberry. We regret the inconvenience this poses to you.

This means that Politico has now broken at least three embargoes since Embargo Watch was launched early last year. There was the break of the the Pew Charitable Trusts report on broadband use last August, and of an American Journal of Public Health embargo on a study of conflicts of interest. All three of these breaks involved teasers in Politico’s morning emails.

I contacted the IOM to find out whether they will sanction Politico for the break. It’s not clear whether the outlet has been punished for any of the breaks — and I have to say, if they haven’t, I can’t blame them for breaking yet another one.

Written by Ivan Oransky

June 2, 2011 at 9:30 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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