Columbia University and The Knight Foundation are teaming up to create the First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, a $60 million initiative dedicated to thinking through the thorny questions of First Amendment case law in the digital age — and going to court if necessary to preserve the right to free speech.
In response to a group of 10 doctors who sent a letter to Columbia University this week urging the university to remove Oz from its faculty for what they called an “egregious lack of integrit,” the talk show host said his show provides “multiple points of view” including his own and that his own views are offered “without conflict of interest.”
“Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine,” said a letter 10 physicians sent to a Columbia University dean earlier this week. Led by Dr. Henry Miller of California’s Stanford University, the doctors wrote that Oz “has manifested an egregious lack of integrity by promoting quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain.”
A report by Columbia University says many journalists have not adapted to digital technology and must reconsider their interactions with readers and advertisers. That does not mean yielding editorial control to sponsors, but it might mean coming up with alternatives to impression-based pricing, creating higher-value content for the Web by tapping into page view data, and helping to ensure that Web ads have value on their own.