The BMJ has published a strongly-worded editorial on Andrew Wakefield and his claims regarding the MMR vaccine. I was a little surprised to see that the headline ran “Wakefield’s article linking MMR vaccine and autism was fraudulent“. The use of this particular ‘f-word’ is quite rare in articles published in England, perhaps due to the nature of libel law in this country. Read the rest of this entry »
Where to begin… well, I guess I’ll need to split this post up into sections. I’ll look at specific groups first, then move onto examples of vaccine scares. Read the rest of this entry »
The GMC have today found that the man who began what became known to some as the media’s MMR hoax was “misleading and irresponsible in the way he described research later published in The Lancet.” Read the rest of this entry »
Following my recent post on the Daily Mail’s vaccine article by Dr Richard Halvorsen that served as my opening gambit as I try my hand at guest blogging over at Lay Science, I thought I’d blog my correspondence with the Daily Mail over their articles on vaccination. Read the rest of this entry »
Having previously complained to the BBC about their linking to JABS and read with interest the opinions of the author of Lay Science Martin Robbins, I was disappointed to note that the BBC are still linking to the site even now. So I sent in another complaint. This time, I have read the guidelines on impartiality in an attempt to pre-empt any defence of “balance”. Here’s my complaint: Read the rest of this entry »
The Daily Mail were involved in scaremongering about the MMR vaccine, but later characterised parents who failed to vaccinate their children as morons and blamed Andrew Wakefield for starting the scare. At one point, the paper was publishing articles in England bashing the HPV vaccine while at the same time running a campaign in Ireland for the vaccine to be made available. They have also written articles scaremongering about hepatitis B vaccination and the vaccine for H1N1 (swine flu).
It really is starting to look like the Daily Mail are actively campaigning against vaccination. This piece, written by Beezy Marsh and Jo McFarlane*, is the first time I’ve heard of these new vaccination fears. Perhaps because (unlike Beezy, I would guess) I don’t call Richard Halvorsen and JABS every time there is a discussion about vaccination. Read the rest of this entry »
Having played a major role in what Ben Goldacre calls the Media’s MMR hoax, the Daily Fail first went for Andrew Wakefield, calling him “the doctor who sparked a worldwide health scare over the MMR jab”. They then went after, um, their own readers. The Fail called parents who had (partly thanks to the Fail itself) refused to vaccinate their children with MMR morons and middle-class twits. Having perpetuated the MMR scare, the Mail then blamed a lone scientist for beginning the scare and its readers for having fallen for it, taking zero responsibility for their own, significant, role in the whole debacle. That was the Mail’s MMR Hoax. Now they’re going for a new target – the cervical cancer vaccine. Read the rest of this entry »
Spotted this article on Google news today: “Blair should tell the truth on MMR”, says Carol Vorderman. It’s an old one but it popped up on the current Google news – possibly because it’s been updated in some way. I don’t know, but I found the article fascinating anyway. I think it’s a good example of the media’s MMR obsession and it features a few of the usual suspects.
Carol, of course, was mentioned in Ben Goldacre’s “The media’s MMR hoax”. The article in question, meanwhile, seems to have been written by Beezy Marsh. Journalisted.com tells me that Beezy has written most often on these subjects: MMR, NHS, Health (with Government and Life Alliance [Note: I think that should actually be “Pro-Life Alliance”] not too far behind). I know her best for her work with the Daily Fail, but Beezy has also written for the Telegraph. Here’s one story she wrote and here is a letter to the Telegraph from Ben Goldacre. Read the rest of this entry »