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I know you are aware that CHADD is the leading non-profit organization serving individuals with ADHD. You are also known to be very active in the ADHD community. My husband recently became an avid listener of your radio program and he mentioned that not to long ago you did a program about the disorder.
I do not know if you have been reading the articles written in the health section of the New York Times written by Alan Schwartz over the past year. CHADD's National Resource Center (NRC) is backed by a grant by the Center for Desease Control (CDC) which gathersall the facts, studies and research about ADHD. We provide science-based information to the ADHD community. For the past yea, The New York Times has printed articles by Mr. Schwartz without conducting any due diligence or fact checking which is what they are supposed famous for around the world. So many of Mr. Schwartz's facts have been exaggerated and delivered so mush misinformation that the ADHD community is up in arms. CHADD is the considered the advocate for the disorder on Capitol Hill. Mr. Schwartz's sleading information is dangerous to our community. We are unsure if there is a grudge here on his part since he as written so much about it in the past year. The purpose of my critical letter to you is that the ADHD community and CHADD's CEO, Ruth Hughes have written to the NYT after each article appears to refute his misinformation for the public to have the real facts. The NYT has not printed one of the many, many letters, and discussions with the NYT advocacy team. Why won't they? WIll they find out that the NYT does not do any fact-checking in regard to Mr. Schawartz's articles. One family's portryal of a member o the family was so distorted that they totally stressed out by the article and they refuted much of it. They had no forum to refute the article.
I am writing to you because of your postion in the media community. Plase investigate these articles and the responses that we have written that have never been printed. Can you break this story on your program. I am sure the NYT competitor The Washington POst would also be interested in the misscarriage of information. Will you do your own investigation and advocate for us? Even if all you exposeis that the NYT has refused over and over to print our letters. We desparately need a respected professional in the media to check this out!
PS. We are having our Annual International Education Confwerence in November this year. Would you consider being a speaker?
My name is Barbara and I work at CHADD. I have written you totally on independent of any members of CHADD.