• 28 JUN 12
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    Canada TV caught out passing off industry spin as an investigative report

    From Iris Atzmon:

    CTV Disguised Infomercial as Investigative Report

    Is professional ETHICS part of CTV’s journalism?

    An Industry-funded and industry-affiliated infomercial was disguised as credible science by CTV News’ investigation on Wi-Fi radiation in schools. This piece is a poor attempt to offer false security to the public by using a flawed protocol and skewed data.

    It does not appear that CTV has researched or disclosed any conflict of interest with their expert, Mr. Karl Reardon who conducted the testing.

    Mr. Reardon is/was:
    A former Director and General Manager of Motorola
    A current industry consultant (Planetworks and Radiowize) with close financial ties to the telecommunication industry
    Collecting paycheques from consultation on cell tower installations
    Author of a celltower guidebook for the Municipal Engineers
    Holder of seven US and EU patents on wireless and data technology
    Chief Technology Officer of Wireless Image whose sole business is the sale of mobile advertising solutions for cellphones.
    Mr. Reardon’s spouse, Mrs. Susanna Reardon, also “held senior management and technical positions in Rogers Cable TV, Telus ” and professionally specializes in “Microwave wireless communication – point-to-point and point-to-multi-point, telecommunications networks and systems”, wireless access system etc for “Industries: Cable TV, Telecom service providers, Internet Service Providers, wireless service providers… ”.

    Why did CTV not bother to conduct a proper “investigation” on it’s expert’s conflict of interest before presenting this one-sided, crippled testing to stroke the backs of the wireless industry?

    This might only be a quick story for CTV, but this is an important issue to parents for the health of numerous children. To parents who have electrosensitive children, this is even a matter of whether the child can attend school or not.

    Instead of engaging an engineer who makes his money from the wireless industry, CTV should have interviewed experts who understand the low-level effects of non-ionizing microwave radiation on human cells, such as Dr. Martin Blank, Dr. Leif Salford, Dr. Henry Lai, Dr. Andrew Goldworthy, Dr. Magda Havas, and Dr. Olle Johansson among others.

    CTV: Wi-Fi Danger in Schools

    It’s a shame that CTV – owned by Bell Canada, used a flawed testing protocol to misinform the public about the “low” level of Wi-Fi radiation, in the name of “investigative journalism”.

    CTV’s reporter, Jon Woodard, requested to speak to parents about this issue and we provided a contact for him, with whom he had made the arrangement to conduct an interview. That parent was informed that the interview was canceled only late today when he tried to reach the reporter.

    Read more: http://www.safeinschool.org/2012/06/ctv-wi-fi-danger-in-schools.html

    The programme:
    http://bc.ctvnews.ca/what-effect-does-wi-fi-in-schools-have-on-your-child-1.854418#axzz1yvjhDuQa

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