My review of “Burzynski: A note to the PBS ombudsman”

“The PBS Ombudsman has responded to criticisms of Colorado Public Television’s airing of Burzynski 2:”

really ? Really ?? REALLY ???

When did they air “Burzynski 2” on CPT12 ?

“It’s Still An Infomercial”

Our “critic” can NOT even get THIS right

It is NOT an “Infomercial”

“I have emailed some followup questions:”

Considering your “unanswered questions,” I can only conclude that you have a “reading comprehension failure”

“This response leaves me with some unanswered questions

I wonder if you would clarify, please

1. The issue of promotion

Whatever the status of the pledge drive, the movie is (as you rightly acknowledge by putting “documenary” in quotes) essentially promotional”

“documenary” ?

“It is advertorial

Placed as such, it would clearly be illegal (as the FDA letter makes clear)”

CPT12 is NOT Burzynski

“Dos CPT really bear no responsibility for showing promotional material which it knew in advance was, if accepted as promotion, a violation of federal law?”

I am quite sure that CPT “Dos” NOT do anything but laugh at individuals who post on a UK blog and post questions re “federal law” when it is questionable if the are even American, and understand “federal law”

“2. I believe there may be a confusion between the two Burynski movies

“It was licensed to the Documentary Channel” seems ot me to apply to the first, not the second movie, which was planned for release direct to DVD until very recently”

Why are you even mentioning “the second movie” when THAT was not what was shown on CPT12 ?

We are puzzled that people have referred to it as an infomercial or advertisement” is naive in the extreme, as the reaction to the first Burzynski movie should be more than sufficient to make this clear (for example:”

CPT12 showed “the first Burzynski movie,” NOT “Part II”

“Eric Merola, a former art director of commercials, is either unusually credulous, or doesn’t understand the difference between a documentary and an advertisement, or has an undisclosed relationship with the subject” – Quack Quack Goes Burzynski, Village Voice, June 1 2010)”

Try reading THIS:

“3. The claim that “Antineoplaston therapy has had significant success rates with terminal brain cancer patients” is unsupportable from the published evidence base

The term “significant” has a specific meaning in science; it would mean that there was solid evidence that Burzynski patients survived longer on average than non-patients with simiolar disease and prognosis, and that by a statistically significant margin

We do not know this because Burzynski has not reported the results of any one of the 61 trials he has registered in the last two decades”

Posts the individual who continues to ignore:

2003 – Phase II

2004 – Phase II

2005 – Phase II

2006 – Phase II

“Overall it looks very much as if the wrong sort of people were driving this, editorially

Had it been in the hands of science journalists it is likely that the uncritical presentation of whihc you are critical, would not have happened, and the viewing public would, as a result, have been mush less likely to be deceived”

“whihc” ?

Methinks you underestimate the intelligence of the human race

“Many of the techniques in the Burzynski movies … “


You have seen both ?

“Emotive story lines are set up, viewers are coerced into emotional investment with the perceived victims, and then the alleged bogeyman (… the emdical establishment in Burzynski) are paraded like pantomime villains to be booed and jeered by the by-now partisan audience”

“emdical” ?

I think that the only one who should be concerned about being “booed and jeered,” is the “blahgger” who “blahgged” this on a UK “blahg”

“Given Merola’s past history of conspiracist propaganda, I believe that showing this movie showed atrocious judgment”

And your tweets:

@SceptiGuy (Guy Chapman)

and Facebook comments:

and blog comments, reveal who the real “Conspiracy Theorist” is:


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