TOUCHED BY LYME: WBUR's Lyme series is a mixed bag
Since media coverage of Lyme disease can be a two-edged sword, I held my breath to see how a recent week-long series on Lyme by Boston NPR station WBUR would turn out.
Reporting on Lyme disease is long and complicated. WBUR’s producers decided to avoid the political side of things. They said as much at the panel discussion, which didn’t include any Lyme-treating physicians. The producers said they didn’t want to get bogged down in controversy.
Alas, a series on Lyme disease that intentionally avoids Lyme politics misses the crux of the story: untold thousands of very sick people are systematically denied appropriate health care.
WBUR’s reporters learned a lot about Lyme this time around. I hope they’ll use their knowledge to continue to report on this important topic. And not shy away from the true story.