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STAT News Takes The Fall For Paul Offit Misrepresenting Himself

The below email exchange with STAT speaks for itself:

On Tue, Oct 31, 2017 at 5:37 PM, <info@autisminvestigated.com> wrote:

Dear Stat News,

At least two of your articles including one very recent one by Helen Branswell falsely described Paul Offit as chief of infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.(1)(2) He is not and hasn’t been since 2014.(3)(4)(5) Yet he continues to misrepresent himself in his resume downloadable from his website (attached).(6)(7)

Best,

Jake Crosby, MPH 

1.https://www.statnews.com/2017/08/21/trump-vaccine-commission-robert-kennedy
2.https://www.statnews.com/2016/06/13/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-medical-research/
3.http://www.autisminvestigated.com/paul-offit-misrepresents/

4.http://www.chop.edu/doctors/zaoutis-theoklis 
5.https://web.archive.org/web/20151003024625/http://www.chop.edu/doctors/zaoutis-theoklis
6.http://www.autisminvestigated.com/paul-offit-misrepresents-himself/

7.paul-offit.com 

From: “Branswell, Helen” <helen.branswell@statnews.com>
Date: Wed, Nov 01, 2017 10:48 am
To: info@autisminvestigated.com

Mr. Crosby;

I wrote one of the STAT articles where Paul Offit’s position at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was incorrectly stated. The error was mine; I had interviewed him in the past and didn’t realize he’d given up the department chairmanship.

We have corrected my story and the other one you pointed out, by David Nather. David no longer works for STAT.

Best regards,
Helen Branswell
Senior Writer, infectious diseases and global health

Autism Investigated will keep readers updated if any other media outlets that have reported the error respond as well.