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Nobel Curse for AIDS, Big Pharma
by Terry Michael | December 7, 2009

Also linked at Fidelity.com

Editor's Very Special Note

How CNBC's Jim Cramer Kremlin-ized
my article on AIDS and Gilead Big Pharma

The above piece by me was taken down from The Street.Com, a site founded by CNBC's Mad Money Jim Cramer, after it was up for only about 4 hours on Monday, December 7, from 11:53 a.m. EST to about 4 p.m. The Big Pharma company mentioned in the piece, Gilead (GILD) Sciences, Inc. of Foster City, CA, seems to have gotten to Cramer, who himself posted a comment to my piece--a highly unusual act by such a busy guy.

In his Comment--the very first of what were eventually 16 comments--Mr. Cramer immediately went to work for Gilead, little more than 90 minutes after my piece went up on TheStreet.com. Gilead's p.r. operation and Mr. Cramer (whose journalistic practices, along with CNBC's, were questionned by The Daily Show last March, see below) worked very fast. Cramer's comment was posted at 1:31 p.m.

This was Soviet-style disappearing of history. The column, to which you can go by clicking on the headline for the piece above and here, is a PDF file, made from a cached file of the original.

This is a lesson in the power of The HIV-AIDS Industrial Complex, heavy handedly shutting down debate about the highly toxic chemotherapies it purveys to gay men and black Africans.  It certainly is a lesson in journalistic ethics and practices, recalling a story Comedy Central's Jon Stewart did about Mr. Cramer and CNBC several months ago.

In a JPG image of my biography (as a special contributor to the Opinion section of TheStreet.Com) you can see the now broken link to the piece I wrote. [As of 1 a.m. December 10, the biography with the broken link was still at TheStreet.com site, on this page.]

See my 8,000 word Special Report on HIV-AIDS, from which my TheStreet.Com piece was drawn, if you'd like to learn more about The HIV-AIDS Industrial Complex. And see another important recent article that informed my censored opinion column, at New York Magazine: Another Kind of AIDS Crisis, published November 9, 2009 (the magazine's video on that story includes, near the beginning, a victim of Gilead's "Truvada.")

Finally, this incident has a larger message. In the old days, a publisher bowing to corporate or political pressure could not send his minions out to confiscate all the ink-stained dead trees thrown on your porch by the paperboy. Today, the digital deliveryboy--the web master--can be ordered to erase content when an unscrupulous publisher decides to withdraw some inconvenient truth.

--Terry Michael

Correction: In my TheStreet.Com piece, I cited Donald Rumsfeld as former "CEO" of Gilead Sciences, Inc. That should read former "Chairman of the Board." And I added a "c" into the name of Gilead Board member, former Sec. of State George Shultz. We all make mistakes--some a little bigger than others.

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