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Entries from October 2010

CNN gets it mostly right

October 20th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Kudos

Tweet The connection between vaccine rejectionism and disease outbreaks continues to spread, and news and entertainment media are waking up. CNN reports how the Lacek Family in Pennsylvania¬† came within minutes of losing their three-year-old son to Haemophilus influenzae type b. For years, Kelly Lacek felt she and her husband made the right choice by […]

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ANB is three years old

October 6th, 2010 · 14 Comments · Housecleaning

Tweet It’s been three years to the day since I started AutismNewsBeat. You can see my first post here. Much has changed since then, mostly for the better. Top notch investigations by the Chicago Tribune, Wired Magazine, Scientific American, PBS Frontline, and others and shown a light on the anti-vaccine movement. Master prestidigitators Penn and […]

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Charlie Crists’s quack problem

October 5th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Easy marks, Junk science

Tweet Two Village Voice reporters, writing in the Miami New Times, report that Florida Governor Charlie Crist has fallen under the Rasputin-like spell of a rogue chiropractor, Gary Kompothecras, the founder of 1-800-ASKGARY, a lawyer referral service that hooks up car crash victims with personal injury lawyers. Kompothecras, of Sarasota, is also a major Crist […]

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Opinion collides with science at Fox News

October 2nd, 2010 · 2 Comments · Careless sourcing, Easy marks, Junk science, Miseducation, Useful idiots

Tweet On September 25, America’s favorite daytime think tank, Fox and Friends, alleged that vaccines cause autism, and that the US government is covering it up. And because this is Fox News, the story comes packaged in outrage: the US Federal Court of Claims is asking parents for a medical expert’s opinion of how the […]

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