• Petitioned Arthur Sulzberger Jr.

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New York Times Publisher
Arthur Sulzberger Jr.
New York Times Executive Editor
Bill Keller, E:
New York Times Law, Civil Rights, National Affairs Editorial Writer
Dorothy Samuels
New York Times Editorials
Thomas Feyer
New York Times Editorial Page Editor
Andrew Rosenthal

A Petition to NYT requesting an opportunity for Robert Whitaker to respond to Dr. Peter Kramer

    1. Susan Kingsley-Smith
    2. Petition by

      Susan Kingsley-Smith

      Des Moines, IA

Dear Editors of the New York Times:

We are writing to request that the New York Times provide an opportunity for a public response to Dr. Peter Kramer's opinion piece, "In Defense of Antidepressants," published on July 9, 2011. Dr. Kramer's opinion appeared on the front page of the Sunday Review, and has been widely circulated since. It was the New York Times' most emailed article of that day.

Dr. Kramer's article was a response to Marcia Angell's review of three books that have called into question the efficacy of psychiatric drugs, one of which was Robert Whitaker's book Anatomy of an Epidemic, which won the 2010 Investigative Reporters and Editors Association Award for Best Investigative Journalism. Another was The Emperor's New Drugs, by Irving Kirsch. The substance of Angell's reviews was exposing the distortion of facts by academic psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies who have portrayed antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs as effective and safe, when much countervailing evidence exists to show that they are in fact, over the long term, ineffective and harmful.

We believe Dr. Kramer's article is another such distortion. He misinterpreted well-conceived and executed studies authored by Irving Kirsch and Robert DeRubeis, asserting that these supported the effectiveness of antidepressants, and that these drugs have earned a deserved, evidence-based place in the treatment of mental illness. Yet the very studies he referenced, when carefully parsed, do not in fact support those assertions at all, and he neglected to reference numerous other studies that would refute his assertions.

In the interest of balanced journalism, we respectfully request that the New York Times provide the opportunity for a rebuttal from one or more of the authors criticized or misinterpreted by Dr. Kramer. Whitaker has written a measured rebuttal of Dr. Kramer's piece, currently available at this link on Psychology Today. Kirsch and DeRubeis should also be allowed to voice their own interpretations of their studies. We believe it is important that the New York Times give adequate space for its readers to consider alternative and evidence-based viewpoints on antidepressants, as this is such an important, pervasive, and at times confusing issue. We must at a minimum hold up a standard of accurate representation of the facts so that consumers can make choices based on correct information.

Sincerely,

Dr. Mark Foster, DO, ClearMinds, Inc

Susan Kingsley-Smith
Amy Smith

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    1. Please find us on Facebook

      Susan Kingsley-Smith
      Petition Organizer

      We as a group have no way of connecting with the signers of this petition. Please visit our Community page on Facebook at this link to get connected and engaged:https://www.facebook.com/groups/clearmindsinc/

    2. Petition Re Opened

      Susan Kingsley-Smith
      Petition Organizer

      As a group we have heard from all 50 of the USA states and 21 countries in less than a two week period of time. We are reopening this petition and establishing a new goal of 5000 signatures to insist that this public health issue be given equal time.

    3. Almost there!

      Susan Kingsley-Smith
      Petition Organizer

      In one weeks time we have nearly reached our original goal of 1000 signatures!

      Please connect with us on Facebook where we've established a sort of base-camp for this effort.

      Thank you for your help and support...more to come!

    4. Email Address Correction for Organizers of Petition

      Susan Kingsley-Smith
      Petition Organizer

      Connect with us on FB - link above! Email us at: clearmindsinc@groups.facebook.com

    5. Day 7

      Susan Kingsley-Smith
      Petition Organizer

      We are nearly at 80%! We've recieved a reply from the NYT that does not address the issues of our petition. The next step will be to distribute the message to a variety of potential stakeholders. Visit the new FB Petition Community Group/Page formore

    6. Petition to NYT Facebook Community Page

      Susan Kingsley-Smith
      Petition Organizer

      As an interested person in this effort we would like to again invite you to connect with us on Facebook. Please click the above FB link and request to be added to the Clear Minds, Inc community!

    7. Beginning Day 6!

      Susan Kingsley-Smith
      Petition Organizer

      In less than a week we have nearly reached our goal of 1000 signatures by 7/31! Please continue to share in your own circles!

    8. Reached 750 signatures
    9. Beginning Day 5 and almost there!

      Susan Kingsley-Smith
      Petition Organizer

      The response to this petition has been amazing! Worldwide this issue of media coverage for these issues will be affected by this effort. Thank you for your signatures and your comments...please continue to share and post in your social media circles

    10. Letter to all Supporters of this Petition - Response of NYT to our effort

      Susan Kingsley-Smith
      Petition Organizer

      Please drop by the Facebook Community page for this effort to read a letter drafted by Dr. Mark Foster where he updates us on response of the NYT and our continued efforts to demand equal time and transparent truth of these issues.

    11. Join the effort on the new Facebook page

      Susan Kingsley-Smith
      Petition Organizer

      The response has been overwhelmingly supportive of this effort and we want to use this as an opportunity to get connected and keep our momentum going. Please join us at Facebook - the link is in the title above.

    12. Day 4 Recap

      Susan Kingsley-Smith
      Petition Organizer

      Only 4 days into our effort we have succeeded in reaching over 66% of our goal of 1,000 signatures! This is an issue that is sparking much discussion. Please continue to share in your own media streams!

    13. From Surviving Antidepressants Community

      Susan Kingsley-Smith
      Petition Organizer

      This site has some really good comments and discussion going on around the petition for anyone interested in following along.

    14. Is There Now A National Debate Over Antidepressants?

      Susan Kingsley-Smith
      Petition Organizer

      Our petition for equal time and space to the New York Times is creating quite an impression not only on those of us interested in the influence of the Kramer article but also in regards to the quality of the news provided by the NYT. Please share.

    15. End Day 3

      Susan Kingsley-Smith
      Petition Organizer

      The response has been overwhelming and heartening! This petition posted Saturday morning with 16 days and a goal of 1000 signatures. Today is day 3 and we have passed the 50% mark. Please continue sharing!

    16. Reached 500 signatures
    17. Day 2 Recap

      Susan Kingsley-Smith
      Petition Organizer

      This has been an amazing day everyone. Thank you for creating a sense of urgency for this petition. We are at the end of day 2 with 2 hours left and we are quickly approaching 33% attainment of our original goal of 1k signatures!

    18. Reached 250 signatures
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    20. Reached 100 signatures
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    22. Reached 50 signatures
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    24. Reached 10 signatures
    25. The time has come for us to petition for equal time and exposure

      Susan Kingsley-Smith
      Petition Organizer

      This petition is directed to the New York Times requesting equal time and space for Robert Whitakers respectfully submitted and well balanced rebuttal to a recent article by a Dr. Kramer. Please share this link far and wide today.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Ulf-Leo-Erich Kindler BERLIN, GERMANY
      • almost 3 years ago

      We are against forced drugging and any form of coercion!

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    • Michelle Irizarry GREENACRES, FL
      • about 3 years ago

      34 year old had paradoxical reaction to many psychiatric medications over the course of the last 4 months. Now going through withdrawal hell.

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    • K Peake HOLLOWAY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 3 years ago

      It's disturbing that a paper as esteemed as the New York Times might be perpetrating often unhelpful patriarchal solutions to unhelpful and meaningless patriarchal labels that stigmatise people with problems usually derived from within the family. Or if it isn't doing that, it's extremely disturbing that it's not allowing open debate about the ridiculous situation we find ourselves in when really it is best placed to change things.

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    • Rebekah Johnson WASHINGTON, DC
      • about 3 years ago

      I am currently trying to convey the real truth about antidepressants to my family. I am relying on the integrity of research to build my case. I am devoted to this because of the destructive, long-term effects on my family of these very drugs that Dr. Kramer asserts "work- ordinarily well". The alarmingly misleading article indeed depicts a false truth, and it reaches a wide audience full of people who deserve honesty and risk a lot in being deprived of it.

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    • Robert Norse SANTA CRUZ, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Whitaker doesn't argue that psychiatric medications are always ineffective, but that there should be an honest dialogue about them. The New York Times might actually begin to mend its tattered reputation by taking this objective seriously.

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