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Entries from December 2008

The 2008 Ashley Awards

December 28th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Housecleaning

Tweet Overall, mainstream press coverage of autism spectrum disorders improved in 2008, as more major media outlets bravely recognized that deadly childhood diseases are a bad thing, and it is a good thing when we can prevent them. And there seemed to be a growing recognition that “overwhelming scientific consensus” is not the same as […]

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Dear Mr. King: Please show some skepticism

December 20th, 2008 · 5 Comments · Easy marks, Junk science, Useful idiots

Tweet Larry King Live’s program featuring anti-vaccine activists Jenny McCarthy, Stan Kurtz and J.B. Handley, originally scheduled for today, has been postponed. In the meanwhile, you can let the show’s producers know what questions you would like to hear McCarthy, Handley and Kurtz answer. You can email your questions and comments to:   larrykingguests@cnn.com . Here […]

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Age of folderol

December 17th, 2008 · 9 Comments · Critical thinking

Tweet J.B. Handley is the media’s go-to guy for crazy quotes, or what editors like to call “balance”. By his own estimate, Handley, who founded the radical anti-vaccine group Generation Rescue, has spoken with a hundred or more reporters over the years, and his half-baked conspiracy theories and junk science rarely disappoint. A Handley quote […]

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David Kirby’s suspension of disbelief

December 3rd, 2008 · 21 Comments · Critical thinking

Tweet Autism blogger ThoJ has written this open letter to anti-vaccine blogger David Kirby which perfectly captures how the former war correspondent has twisted the journalistic enterprise into something is was never meant to be. But first some context. Kirby is the author of Evidence of Harm, an anti-vaccine page turner that has arguably discouraged […]

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