In case you thought USA Today highlighting a confirmation battle for the Consumer Product Safety Commission on the front page was odd, it’s also puzzling that today’s New York Times also has an obscure liberal-regulation story in its top-right position: “Doctors Reaping Millions For Use of Anemia Drugs.” In classic form, reporters Alex Berenson and Andrew Pollack found unnamed “critics” who say doctors are taking payoffs and endangering patients’ health in a bribing-and-prescribing scheme with Amgen and Johnson & Johnson.
Who could these unnamed “critics” be? Here’s one easy guess. Pollack wrote a few weeks ago that liberal House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman John Dingell is bearing down on Amgen and Johnson & Johnson for their marketing of anemia drugs.
If the “Most Popular” box on the Times website is any judge, I’m just not as fascinated by this topic as many people. The anemia piece is the second-most e-mailed Times article today.