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.