Newspaper: Health system bans paper’s sale over coverage

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that a major health system has banned the sale of the newspaper from some of its hospital gift shops over its news coverage.

The newspaper said that least three of the hospitals in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center system have said they will no longer sell the Post-Gazette.

In an internal note that went out Wednesday, UPMC accused the Post-Gazette of treating the medical system unfairly. The note said “hostile editorials and insensitive cartoons have bled into slanted news coverage.”

UPMC did not address the reported gift-shop ban in its note. But it did say that it cannot support the Post-Gazette through either advertising or subscriptions.

Executive editor David Shribman defended the newspaper’s coverage. He says it’s been “fair-minded in every respect.”

UPMC operates more than 20 hospitals and has more than 60,000 employees.

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