I was sent an article from Natural News and am trying to check the claims . One of them is as follows:
The British Medical Journal also failed to disclose that its own finances are largely funded by vaccine manufacturers who fill the journal with paid advertising, and that such financial ties may have influenced the journal's decision to attempt to destroy the reputation of a researcher whose findings threatened the profits of its top sponsors. If you follow the money in this story, in other words, it leads right to the editors of BMJ, whose salaries are effectively financed by vaccine manufacturers. This all-important conflict of interest is almost never discussed in the mainstream media, by the way.
- Can anyone point me to a source regarding the BMJ's funding sources?
- Is there any evidence to support the specific statement that "its own finances are largely funded by vaccine manufactueres"? I'd call largely perhaps > 25%, but I have no idea what this source's criteria are. I don't have access to the full journal, but I would find it interesting if someone looked through ~5 of them and created a list of all the ads. I realize that's a ton of work (depending on the length), but it would help quantify the amount of ads being purchased by vaccine manufacturer.
- Does anyone have a ballpark on how much a journal ad costs?
- Does anyone have data on typical sources of income for journals of this approximate readership size (all from ads? Sponsorships? Other sources?)
Thanks for any input. I'm hoping to respond to the sender, as I am suspicious of the claims, especially from Natural News as they always tend to be extremely bold with claims and extremely lacking in sources (except pointing to other extremely similar sites like Mercola).
Edit: I found some of my own answers just now, but not the specifics I was looking for. The BMJ discussed receiving funding from Merck and GSK and have a list of revenue sources (type, not source), but no figures that I've found yet.