The kind of thing that gives editors a bad name.
Was JAMA editor-in-chief Catherine DeAngelis even thinking when she deliberately berated a concerned scientist to the WSJ? In response to a letter published by Dr. Jonathan Leo in BMJ questioning the conflict of interest by authors of a recent JAMA study, Dr. DeAngelis called Dr. Leo a “nobody” and a “nothing”. Of course, the authors of said study subsequently apologized for not disclosing the potential conflicts. The funny part is that both Dr. DeAngelis and JAMA have typically held very high standards when it has come to financial disclosure. Why the “playground threatening” in this case?? What “conflict of interest” was JAMA protecting?? Since nobody ever truly comes clean in these types of situations and proceeds to cover as much of the ugly stuff ASAP, I don’t think we’ll ever know.