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Entries from July 2008

Dear CBS Evening News

July 31st, 2008 · 13 Comments · Kudos, Narrative

Tweet Voices for Vaccines, an evidence-based organization that promotes public health education, recently sent this letter to the senior producer at CBS News responsible for Sharyl Attkisson’s biased and poorly executed report. Voices For Vaccines objects to the defamatory allegations made by the CBS Evening News on Friday, July 25, against the American Academy of […]

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CBS News unearths evidence
that people are paid for work

July 26th, 2008 · 26 Comments · Careless sourcing, Critical thinking

Tweet What exactly did the CBS Evening News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson uncover in her Friday report? Though the title of the three minute hit piece was How Independent Are Vaccine Defenders?, it could have been called How Dependent is CBS News on Innuendo and Baseless Accusations? The report fails to present a single piece […]

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Savage indignation

July 18th, 2008 · 21 Comments · Careless sourcing, Narrative

Tweet Michael Savage is the number three rated syndicated talk show host in America, with eight million listeners a week. He directs his racist, red-meat rants at Democrats, minorities, civil libertarians, moderate Republicans, scientists, educators, and anyone else who displeases him. Savage recently commented that he “would hang every lawyer who went to Guantanamo Bay” […]

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Questions for WXYZ

July 12th, 2008 · 7 Comments · Careless sourcing

Tweet There’s a great comment by Dr.JohnDo, written in response to Action Investigator Steve Wilson’s pseudoscience reporting on vaccines and autism: Steve, just out of curiosity, did you receive vaccines? And if you did, why did you not develop autism? And if you don’t have autism, and all your vaccinated friends don’t have autism, and […]

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Careless reporting that won’t go away

July 10th, 2008 · 15 Comments · Careless sourcing

Tweet More toxic vaccine reporting, this time from the Action News Investigators (cue whooshing sound) at WXYZ in Detroit. Reporter Steve Wilson, who we are told has been following the vaccine story “from the start”, uncritically repeats a dozen spurious anti-vaccine talking points because, hey, real science is hard. But before we get into Wilson’s […]

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