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Entries from October 2009

Olmsted Lied, People Laughed:
The “Amish Anomaly” hoax

October 29th, 2009 · 18 Comments · Urban legend

Tweet By David N. Brown This is a PUBLIC DOMAIN document (dated 10/17/09).  It may be copied, forwarded, cited, circulated or posted elsewhere.  The author requests only that it not be altered from its current form. Dan Olmsted’s “big break” for coverage of the vaccine-caused autism coverage was a series of stories about two claims: […]

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Dr. Paul Offit given AAP President’s Award

October 23rd, 2009 · 6 Comments · Kudos

Tweet Nobody has done more to educate the public, and the news and entertainment media, about vaccines and autism than Dr. Paul Offit. He’s granted scores of interviews, spoken at dozens of conferences, and still finds time to see patients, all while enduring the slings and arrows of an unhinged minority of anti-vaccine zealots. His […]

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More editors think disease is bad

October 21st, 2009 · 2 Comments · Critical thinking

Tweet Vaccines have been moving up a notch or two recently on the national news agenda, due in part to the slow building panic over an impending H1N1 epidemic. As a result, more news editors have been green-lighting some hard-hitting, reality-based articles. You know, journalism. Most notable is Epidemic of Fear in Wired Magazine, an […]

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