Chinese Melamine and American Vioxx: A Comparison

In an article in The American Conservative, Ron Unz compares the media response to the 2008 contamination of infant formula in China with the response to the coverage of the 2004 coverage of Merck’s withdrawal of the pain killer Vioxx. He notes that “in comparing China and America, pundits often cite our free and independent media as one of our greatest strengths.” However, he concludes that “American journalists seemed to focus more attention on a half-dozen fatalities in China than they did on the premature deaths of as many as 500,000 of their fellow American citizens.”