There have been a few developments regarding The Infinite Mind scandal since yesterday. Pharmalot posted a statement from Dr. Goodwin rebutting the New York Times piece. This statement had originally been published on an APA listserv, and was apparently leaked to Pharmalot--though not by me. I wrote directly to Dr. Goodwin to ask him if this statement was actually his, and whether I could post it, and he wrote back saying that he would send me a shorter version of the statement, which I'll post when I receive it.
Meanwhile, NPR's show On the Media aired this interesting 8 minute segment on the issue, which is worth a listen, because it brings these issues into perspective. Specifically, the host David Folkenflik points out that NPR is by definition a source of unbiased news, being the only major radio network which does not accept advertising. Thus, for it to air a show hosted by a psychiatrist who did not disclose $1.3 million in industry payments was a particularly outrageous betrayal of the listeners' trust.
Finally, you must check out this elegant essay by Jonathan Leo, which deconstructs, quote by quote, the notorious "Prozac Nation Revisited" show, during which Goodwin interviewed guests who shared his belief that the antidepressant-suicide connection is overblown. As it turns out, I mostly agree with Goodwin on this issue, but that's irrelevant. Whether antidepressants cause suicidality is a controversial point, with very complicated data on both sides of the argument. Goodwin brought together experts with clear financial interests in arguing for the drugs' safety (Nada Stotland is an exception, since she was there representing the APA and has no current pharma ties). Furthermore, the segment itself was partially funded by Pfizer, maker of Zoloft. The point is that the public was offered only one side of the debate, without having been informed of the fact. That's bad journalism.
Goodwin has been arguing that his pharma ties were available to anybody who chose to Google him, but this doesn't meet basic journalistic standards. Listeners should be able to trust NPR, and should not feel the need to rush to the internet to check up on every expert featured. That's why we suffer through those pledge drives!