Transcript: Peter Rost Talks Turkey with Ed Silverman
By Ed Silverman and Agnes Shanley Thats a good point. Yes, if you work professionally at something and want to become an activist in a particular area, you should just stick to that one message. Quite frankly, my response is its a blog. Its not that serious. But dont you want to be taken seriously after all youve been through? You poke your head up, very unusually. To be a whistleblower anywhere is unusual. In the pharmaceutical industry, there are many whistleblower lawsuits filed, but the public doesnt really know about any of them. Its not the sort of thing that gets too much publicity. But you pushed yourself out there and stayed out there. The way I view the blog, which has a very extensive legal disclaimer about how to view the blog and what its all about, its like the Colbert Report on Comedy Central. Its serious but it has a lot of fun with a situation and surrounding issues. So its taking the important issues but making it entertaining. I get bored myself. If I were just writing about whats bad with pharma, it would get really dull and nobody would read the blog. Secondly, not everything is bad with pharma. Theres a lot of good stuff there. Its an industry I supported for 20 years. I just think we should change certain things. So I just point out some of these issues. But I also write about broader issues. And Im finding my way as a writer. But I wouldnt have the readers I do if I hadnt had some fun with it and enjoyed it. So youre saying its a strategy. You didnt just stumble into what youve blogged about? Its a strategy to make it entertaining. Did you start out that way? Yeah. I tried
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