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Entries from January 2010

Wakefield’s abuse of the legal system and media

January 29th, 2010 · 8 Comments · Serious overreach

Tweet By David N. Brown As the GMC approaches a verdict on the misconduct of Andrew Wakefield, anti-vaccine sources are engaged in a concerted effort to make the “doctor” into a martyr rather than a sociopath. It is vital to ensure that the general public is not in any way lulled into sympathy for the […]

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Lauer v. Wakefield, round two

January 29th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Kudos

Tweet Lauer is still calling it a controversy, even after Dr. Nancy Snyderman tried to set him straight. But the rest of this Today Show segment shows Lauer is finally getting it about Wakefield. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Lauer’s hour-long Dateline report on Wakefield last August wasn’t […]

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A tidal wave of misinformation at WTAE

January 26th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Easy marks, Miseducation

Tweet “The numbers are staggering,” says WTAE reporter Michelle Wright as she kicks off  the first of five news reports on autism. What’s truly staggering is how the Pittsburgh ABC affiliate news department could get the numbers so wrong. “A few weeks ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new statistics showing that […]

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The Tribune hits the trifecta

January 16th, 2010 · 18 Comments · Kudos

Tweet The story sounds too lurid to be true – ignoring FDA regulations, a retired chemistry professor takes a chemical used to treat toxic waste, and repackages it as a dietary supplement for disabled children. Welcome to the world of autism quackery. The story in tomorrow’s Chicago Tribune is the latest in a year-long investigation […]

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Barbara Loe Fisher: “Not a person to be believed”

January 3rd, 2010 · 9 Comments · Serious overreach

Tweet The founder of a radical anti-vaccine group has sued over an article that points out the dangers of vaccine rejectionism in America. But a decade-long trail of internet postings and public statements almost assures the case will fail. Lawyers for Barbara Loe Fisher, president and co-founder of the National Vaccine Information Center – NVIC […]

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