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Live blogging the autism hearing

May 20th, 2014 · 12 Comments · Easy marks, Research

Tweet 8:07 am – They dropped the epidemic reference. The hearing is now called “Examining the federal response to autism spectrum disorders.” Rep. John Mica (R-FL) is the chair, instead of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Arson). The purpose of the hearing is to examine federal spending on autism related research and services. Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) […]

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About that DSM 5 story

January 24th, 2012 · 8 Comments · Easy marks, Research

Tweet The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) is sometimes called the Bible of modern psychiatry. First published in 1952 as DSM I, the reference book lays out the diagnostic criteria for most psychiatric conditions and illnesses. The current DSM IV was published in 1994, then revised in 2000. And now it’s due for a rewrite. […]

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A shroud of incompetence at WUSA-TV

June 21st, 2011 · 9 Comments · Easy marks

Tweet WUSA-TV in Washington, DC, is the oldest CBS affiliate in the country, dating back to 1949 when the station’s call letters were WOIC.  Since 1985, it has been owned by the Gannett Company, the largest newspaper publisher in the country If you didn’t know this, and just happened to tune into yesterday’s 5 pm […]

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Robert MacNeil’s daughter blames vaccines for autism

April 26th, 2011 · 12 Comments · Easy marks

Tweet Veteran journalist Robert MacNeil recently emerged from his 16-year retirement to tell the story of his grandson, Nick, and his daughter Alison. But instead of a grandfather’s musings on his autistic grandson, PBS framed the series as “the most comprehensive look at the disorder and its impact that’s aired on American television in at […]

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“Prisoners of their sources”

April 21st, 2011 · No Comments · Easy marks

Tweet After accepting Specialist Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards, Brian Deer told his fellow scribes: “I’d just like to say that this award does have my name on it but in many ways I think this is an award for the industry as a whole. Because this is a story where […]

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Oz on autism: phony numbers, real emotion

February 17th, 2011 · 16 Comments · Easy marks

Tweet Dr. Mehmet Oz practices in a parallel universe where emotion trumps logic, correlation is another word for causation, and the plural of anecdote is data. But Oprah Winfrey’s kept man is indistinguishable from his peers in the make-believe world of day-time talk shows. So it makes sense that when Oz tackles autism, he stacked […]

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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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Charlie Crists’s quack problem

October 5th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Easy marks, Junk science

Tweet Two Village Voice reporters, writing in the Miami New Times, report that Florida Governor Charlie Crist has fallen under the Rasputin-like spell of a rogue chiropractor, Gary Kompothecras, the founder of 1-800-ASKGARY, a lawyer referral service that hooks up car crash victims with personal injury lawyers. Kompothecras, of Sarasota, is also a major Crist […]

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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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“Vaccine War” county hit by pertussis outbreak

June 25th, 2010 · 5 Comments · Easy marks

Tweet Ashland, Oregon, according to its chamber of commerce website, “is a pretty, small town, surrounded by gorgeous mountains, lazy creeks, and roaring rivers.” According to the Ashland Daily Tidings, it’s also surrounded by an outbreak of whooping cough. “So far this year 23 cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, have been confirmed […]

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