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Entries from February 2009

Olbermann caves to anti-vaccine lobby

February 12th, 2009 · 51 Comments · Careless sourcing

Tweet It happens to the best of them. Keith Olbermann, my hero, the heir apparent to Edward R. Murrow,  and the only reason left to watch cable TV, has been played by the anti-vaccine lobby. A few nights ago, Olbermann called much-needed attention to the UK physician who kicked off the decade-long wave of mass […]

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Wakefield named Worst Person in the World

February 11th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Kudos, Narrative

Tweet Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Thank you Keith Olbermann for moving this story one more notch up the news and entertainment media agenda. Can SNL be far behind?

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Jeni Barnett’s mea culpa

February 9th, 2009 · 6 Comments · Critical thinking, Housecleaning

Tweet Shorter Jeni: Sure I misinformed the public about vaccines and added to the fear mongering and ignorance that is harming children, but it’s not my fault because I didn’t know what I was talking about. And talk radio is hard work, so please knock it off with the challenging questions. I am not a […]

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Stalk radio

February 8th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Critical thinking

Tweet Apparently, the decades-long innovation know as the world wide web is not diffusing fast enough for old media types. Lawyers for LBC 97.3, a London-based talk radio station, are learning the hard way that censorship doesn’t work on the internet, and that which was supposed to be censored is merely amplified, a phenomena known […]

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Action News 6 buries the lead

February 4th, 2009 · 8 Comments · Miseducation, Urban legend

Tweet Philadelphia’s Action News 6 covered all the bases when reporting on parents who deliberately expose their children to a potentially dangerous disease via chicken pox parties. Cue well-meaning but dangerously misinformed mother. Quote doctors who set the record straight. Close with mom’s opposing view. It’s a wrap. What’s wrong with this picture? The piece […]

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