There are dozens of doctors in Madison, Wisconsin passing out notes to those picketing saying they are sick. These doctors are also letting them decide how many more days they want to be sick for purposes of the note. This is a big story and these doctors should be severely reprimanded. Seems like a big story, right? Seems like a story that all media outlets would report on, yes?
I searched CNN.com for this story - nothing.
I searched MSNBC and they had this buried at the bottom of an article:
Doctors from numerous hospitals set up a station near the Capitol to provide notes covering public employees' absences. Family physician Lou Sanner, 59, of Madison, said he had given out hundreds of notes. Many of the people he spoke with seemed to be suffering from stress, he said.
"What employers have a right to know is if the patient was assessed by a duly licensed physician about time off of work," Sanner said. "Employers don't have a right to know the nature of that conversation or the nature of that illness. So it's as valid as every other work note that I've written for the last 30 years."
Yeah, right - stressed? So, I can go to the doctor anytime I am stressed and I will get a doctor's note? This is slanted reporting.
I did find an article on ABC.com where they at least had a more objective view of what is actually happening saying that doctors "write sick notes for teachers to skip work."
This is a big story. We have doctors writing fake sick notes so that people can skip work who are not sick. They are well enough to march on the capital for 5 days, but not well enough to go to work? CNN doesn't report on it at all, ABC mentions it in passing, NBC decides to "report" it as a legitimate action of doctors quoting a doctor stating that people are "stressed." Fox News is the only news outlet giving this story its due. See that story here.