We’re not sure when Newsweek started publishing animal-rights propaganda, but its latest effort is on newsstands now. In an article called “New Ideas About Halting Diabetes,” Dr. Neal Barnard — yes, that Neal Barnard – insists that “an aggressive vegetarian diet” can reverse type-2 diabetes.

According to Newsweek, Barnard has been trying this dietary therapy on his “patients.” This is perplexing to say the least, considering that Barnard is a psychiatrist. And the “study” that he claims as proof of the superiority of vegetarian living consisted of a total of seven subjects. This is reminiscent of Roland Griffiths, a Johns Hopkins University researcher who tried to prove that caffeine was addictive with the same small number of research participants, one of whom was Griffiths himself.

“Such a trial is hardly conclusive,” says Newsweek. But this didn’t stop the magazine from legitimizing a man whose entire raison d’etre is tied up in the animal rights movement.

Oddly missing from Newsweek’s reporting:

any mention of Barnard’s animal-rights front group, the misnamed Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), and the $1.3 million in funding it has received from PETA and other animal rights groups

a description of the letters Barnard co-signed in 2001 (on PCRM letterhead) with Kevin Jonas, a former Animal Liberation Front “spokesperson” who now leads another violent animal rights terror group called SHAC. As medical research professionals will tell you, any letter bearing SHAC’s signature implies a threat of violence.

an accounting of what the American Medical Association has said about Barnard and PCRM, including its characterization of PCRM as a “pseudo-physicians group,” its demands that PCRM stop the “inappropriate and unethical tactics used to manipulate public opinion,” and its conclusion that PCRM has been “blatantly misleading Americans on a health matter and concealing its true purpose as an animal ‘rights’ organization.”