At 05:45 AM 5/10/2006, Mathias Schindler wrote:
How the death after a gene therapy was first kept
secret and made
public anonymously via Wikipedia - for 16 minutes
mscrm.de makes several TV news shows. Journalists often learn about
news items that they can't use for the same reasons that Wikipedia
can't use them -- because there is no reliable source, and they will
get in trouble if it turns out to be wrong.
Many people must have known that this gene therapy patient died.
His/her relatives, hospital staff. I would guess that one of them
called a news reporter, who couldn't use the information because the
caller was anonymous and the official sources were still denying it.
So he decided to post it to Wikipedia and see what happened.