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Snyderman speaks out

April 16th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Kudos

Dr. Nancy Snyderman is mad as hell and she’s not taking it anymore:

I received the most vicious e-mails and letters I have ever received in 20 years of reporting. I was ambushed at 30 Rockefeller Plaza (where NBC News is located) by a reporter who came armed with a camera and screamed that I was lying to the American public. I was rattled. Never before had I been singled out like this. I received letters from congressmen, celebrities and lawyers. As the months ground on, I opted out. I wouldn’t do any more reports on autism. It just wasn’t worth the hassle. The fact that I cowered didn’t make me proud, but it did make my life simpler.

Snyderman has played canary in the media coal mine since last October, when she told Matt Lauer ” NO! Matt, there’s no controversy over vaccines and autism.” In one respect, she is right. In autism news coverage, “controversy” is short hand for “this is a very complicated story and we don’t want to offend anybody with the truth, so we’ll pretend that nobody really has the answer.” Snyderman is having none of it. More, please.

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  • 1 Chun Wong // Apr 22, 2009 at 8:46 am

    That’s so awful that she was made to feel like that and sad that she no longer feels that she can report on autism. People get so “heated” when debating autism and its possible causes and things can get very personal.

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