We received many e-mails about our recent rebroadcast on Eva Cassidy and our broadcast of alternative treatments for Lyme Disease. Here's just a few of the emails we received.
Summary of the week
Jack Lemmon, Eva Cassidy, and now the artist in residence at M.I.T. What a week! These are the kinds of shows that make Nightline the best show on TV.
Robert Krulwich Goes Fishing
The episode "Gone Fishing ... for Paramecium" on July 6 was one of your most interesting programs ever. Please do more of this type. Aside from interesting me, it may encourage children to study science.
Lyme Disease Report
I was very disappointed with your coverage of Lyme disease on July 5, 2001. Mr. Koppel was ill prepared for this broadcast and your coverage was extremely biased. You could have, at the very least, had a physician who is treating Lyme patients on your panel.
And to equate antibiotic therapy with Cancer therapy using urine is ludicrous! Long-term antibiotic therapy is not alternative medicine - just ask any dermatologist. You have done a great disservice to the people who are suffering most and who look to your news programs for accurate reporting.
My 13-year-old daughter has been suffering from Lyme disease for over 2 years and has been on antibiotics for 14 months. Before starting treatment she couldn't even get out of bed. She has made excellent progress and looks forward to the day when she can be healthy once again. She is seeing a bona fide MD with excellent credentials who is prescribing long term antibiotics. This is not alternative medicine and I fear that if this doctor is harassed then we will have nowhere to turn.
Shame on you for pandering to the money interests of the medical and insurance establishment! I only hope that my daughter doesn't suffer from you lack of good judgement.
Sheila M. Lederman
Eva Cassidy's Impact
As always I try to stay awake to watch Nightline because it always has interesting topics and information I might not find elsewhere.
The other night I was pleasantly surprised to hear the story of Eva Cassidy and to hear a voice like no other I have ever heard. I would have never known about this talented woman or heard the wonderful sounds coming from my TV if it were not for Nightline.
I plan to run to my local music store and buy every recording of hers that I can get my hands on. Please keep up the good work.
Eva Cassidy's Impact
I am a bank manager, and I have never heard conversation around the office like I heard after your Eva Cassidy episode aired. She was all anyone could talk about.
Only some saw the show. Those who did not simply listened to those who did. Several people would like to know if this episode will air again (even though I understand this is already the 2nd airing), or how they can see this wonderful story of a talent lost too soon?
Thank you for your time. I have already ordered 2 CDs from her web site.
Brad A. Wilson