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Entries from January 2011

Sharyl Attkisson didn’t get the memo

January 28th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Careless sourcing, Easy marks

Tweet Most news reporters understand that vaccines don’t cause autism. One hold out is CBS correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, whose latest story attempts to link a pediatric flu vaccine to autism spectrum disorders. A recent vaccine safety update from the FDA notes an uptick in reports of febrile seizures following Fluzone, the only influenza virus vaccine […]

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Salon retracts 2005 RFK, Jr. article

January 16th, 2011 · 10 Comments · Kudos

Tweet In the holy trinity of anti-vaccine publications, Robert F. Kennedy’s 2005 Rolling Stone article, “Deadly Immunity”, is the Holy Ghost. Its rare combination of political star power, conspiracy mongering, and junk science helped define the cultural zeitgeist of the anti-vaccine movement in ways few other press accounts have. Now Salon.com. which co-published Kennedy’s article, […]

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