He defended the views he expressed in many of his radio programs and said that, because he consulted for so many drugmakers at once, he had no particular bias.
“These companies compete with each other and cancel each other out,” he said.
The New York Times on psychiatrist and former radio host, Dr. Frederick K. Goodwin, whose NPR program “The Infinite Mind” was cancelled after it was discovered that Goodwin failed to disclose more than $1 million in income received for giving marketing lectures for drugmakers.
Dr. Goodwin seems a little unclear on the concept of conflict of interest.
It is not a matter of being in the pocket of one corporate master. As a radio host with obligations to his listeners, having financial incentives to be pro-pharmaceuticals more generally (no matter who sells them) is also a conflict.
And the reason potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed is that those who have them are not necessarily reliable judges of how swayed they are by financial incentives. Maybe you can maintain your objectivity, but it’s best to, you know, actually demonstrate that in your conduct.