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Entries from April 2011

Robert MacNeil’s daughter blames vaccines for autism

April 26th, 2011 · 12 Comments · Easy marks

Tweet Veteran journalist Robert MacNeil recently emerged from his 16-year retirement to tell the story of his grandson, Nick, and his daughter Alison. But instead of a grandfather’s musings on his autistic grandson, PBS framed the series as “the most comprehensive look at the disorder and its impact that’s aired on American television in at […]

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She smears

April 25th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Serious overreach

Tweet America’s oldest anti-vaccine group has fired back at the AAP following its criticism of an anti-vaccine ad placement on the Times Square jumbotron. The misleadingly-named National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) accuses the AAP of “bullying parents instead of being partners in preventing vaccine reactions.” The group was responding to an April 13 letter the […]

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“Prisoners of their sources”

April 21st, 2011 · No Comments · Easy marks

Tweet After accepting Specialist Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards, Brian Deer told his fellow scribes: “I’d just like to say that this award does have my name on it but in many ways I think this is an award for the industry as a whole. Because this is a story where […]

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AAP asks CBS to pull anti-vaccine ad

April 13th, 2011 · 171 Comments · Kudos

Tweet The American Academy of Pediatrics has asked CBS Outdoor to pull an anti-vaccine video from the Times Square jumbotron. The 20-second ad is sponsored by the deceptively-named National Vaccine Information Center, and quack-medicine vendor Mercola.com.  According to NVIC, “the message is shown every hour for 18 hours a day on the 20 by 26-foot […]

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