The American Medical Association says it’s time to rethink the way the nation’s largest medical organizations engage with the public.
The AMA says it will host a public forum on the issue on Wednesday, March 6 at the White House.
It is part of a push to make sure the public has a say in what is happening in the media and on social media, as well as how the media handles issues that are politically sensitive.
“I think that the public needs to know, for example, that this issue that we are dealing with is a real one,” AMA President Dr. Harold Lasky told Reuters.
“We are all facing some real problems and we all need to make decisions about how we go about dealing with them.”
The AMA is hosting the forum on behalf of the American Public Media Association, which includes news outlets including ABC, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, Washington Post, CBS and the Associated Press.
In a letter to the AMA, AP president and CEO Betsy McCaughey said that the AMA “is currently engaged in a public dialogue on the media’s coverage of health issues, particularly in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
We have a duty to inform the public of the risks of this new infection and to help people make informed decisions.”
The American Public Public Media Associations (APPA) and APNA are the nation ‘s largest and most influential media organizations, according to a 2016 survey by the Center for Responsive Politics.
The APPA is part the National Association of Broadcasters, which also includes news organizations including ABC and CNN.
The American Broadcasting Companies (ABC), which also owns CNN, said it supports the AMA initiative.
“The APPA has been and will continue to work with the AMA to ensure that we continue to promote our industry and our news and information,” ABC CEO Andrew Lack said in a statement.
ABC News’ Meredith McGehee contributed to this report.