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Dr. Bob’s Facebook delusions

January 21st, 2013 · 8 Comments · Careless sourcing

Tweet Dr. Bob Sears is best known for his 2007 work, The Vaccine Book, ostensibly written “to give parents a balanced look at pros and cons of vaccination so that they can make an educated decision.” In reality, the book has only added to the unnecessary fear, uncertainty and doubt about vaccines that have driven […]

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Embargo? What embargo?

March 28th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Careless sourcing, Miseducation

Tweet An anti-vaccine group masquerading as an autism advocacy organization broke an embargo of the CDC’s latest autism prevalence numbers, which will be officially released this Friday. The “Autism Action Network” – A-CHAMP – blasted the following email about one hour ago: Rumors are swirling that the federal government will release this Friday the next […]

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Unanswered questions from Pace law journal study:
Ethical standards for research on human subjects

May 20th, 2011 · 9 Comments · Careless sourcing

Tweet Did the anti-vaccine group whose paper recently appeared in the Pace Environmental Law Review seek ethical approval to study human subjects? Apparently not. In  Unanswered Questions from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: A Review of Compensated Cases of Vaccine-Induced Brain Injury, members of the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism and Legal Advocacy (EBCALA) administered […]

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Anti-vaccine movement takes case to Capitol Hill

May 12th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Careless sourcing

Tweet Activists from an anti-vaccine law center told nine Capitol Hill staffers today that the purported connection between vaccines and autism is a national problem that Congress needs to address. Mary Holland, Lou Conte, and Lisa Colin of the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy (EBCALA) hosted the briefing, after they released a […]

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You’ve got junk science!

February 7th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Careless sourcing, Junk science

Tweet It’s official: AOL is buying the Huffington Post for $315 million. Arianna Huffington will become the editor-in-chief of a newly-created Huffington Post Media Network, which puts her in charge of Engadget, TechCrunch, Moviefone, MapQuest, Black Voices, PopEater, AOL Music, AOL Latino, AutoBlog, Patch, StyleList, and more. Huffington Post is rightly criticized as a repository […]

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Sharyl Attkisson didn’t get the memo

January 28th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Careless sourcing, Easy marks

Tweet Most news reporters understand that vaccines don’t cause autism. One hold out is CBS correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, whose latest story attempts to link a pediatric flu vaccine to autism spectrum disorders. A recent vaccine safety update from the FDA notes an uptick in reports of febrile seizures following Fluzone, the only influenza virus vaccine […]

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Opinion collides with science at Fox News

October 2nd, 2010 · 2 Comments · Careless sourcing, Easy marks, Junk science, Miseducation, Useful idiots

Tweet On September 25, America’s favorite daytime think tank, Fox and Friends, alleged that vaccines cause autism, and that the US government is covering it up. And because this is Fox News, the story comes packaged in outrage: the US Federal Court of Claims is asking parents for a medical expert’s opinion of how the […]

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WAAD’s up with Matt Lauer?

April 14th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Careless sourcing, Miseducation

Tweet When Matt Lauer tells us “April is Autism Awareness Month”, there’s a good chance that a fawning celebrity interview set to treacly piano music will follow. Such was the case when The Today Show’s host interviewed Rodney and Holly Peete about their autistic son, Rodney, Jr. Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and […]

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2009 Ashley Awards

December 28th, 2009 · 8 Comments · Careless sourcing, Housecleaning

Tweet News and entertainment media coverage of autism and vaccines in 2009 will be remembered best for some outstanding works of investigative journalism. The Chicago Tribune schooled the moribund newspaper industry with two blockbuster exposés on autism quackery and child abuse. In May the paper introduced America to two physicians who rake in big bucks […]

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Press not likely to fall for latest anti-vaccine ruse

September 14th, 2009 · 8 Comments · Careless sourcing

Tweet The fallout from NBC Dateline’s report about a disgraced UK physician continues. One of the anti-vaccine groups to feel the pain was the National Autism Association, whose major asset is its legitimate sounding name. Don’t let that fool you. One week after the episode appeared, the NAA issued a press release claiming that Dr. […]

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