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Entries from March 2008

Drum roll

March 24th, 2008 · 9 Comments · Critical thinking

Tweet I’ve always appreciated Kevin Drum’s political instincts and insight. He is pragmatic, eschews dogma, and brings an historic perspective to his musings on government, foreign affairs and politics. So it was depressing to read his Public Health Warning today at CBSNews.com: Someone asked me a while back why I wasn’t Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s […]

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Letter to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

March 19th, 2008 · 15 Comments · Urban legend

Tweet David Kirby is not a science writer, and his technical grasp of the vaccines and autism story is shaky at best. And yet I was not surprised to see his op-ed addressing this very important public health issue in the Journal Constitution. In the six months that I’ve been monitoring and critiquing press coverage […]

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Why is that?

March 16th, 2008 · 7 Comments · Critical thinking

Tweet As CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta is well positioned to educate a distracted public on important health matters. But on his blog, Gupta takes a pass on setting the record straight on vaccines and autism, and opts instead for the safer “he said she said” narrative that infests small market news reporting. […]

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McCain playing the field

March 3rd, 2008 · 5 Comments · Easy marks, Useful idiots

Tweet Autism and vaccines registered a minor blip on the national news radar screen over the weekend after Sen. John McCain, the GOP’s presumptive nominee for the fall Presidential contest, said that autism might be caused by thimerosal. To those who know better McCain’s comment seems outdated, as if he had warned of a missile […]

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