Just a short post to note how radio station LBC 97.3FM (London’s Biggest Conversation) have utterly failed to understand the strength of feeling that exists out there about their attempts to silence debate regarding their appalling coverage of the MMR issue.
My blog has seen one of the biggest spikes of traffic since the Society of Homeopaths tried to shut me down. They failed. I became stronger. Thousands of people have been reading things here that the radio station LBC have attempted to hide away from you.
Jeni Barnett has failed to silence and control the conversation that she sparked off during her fantastically ill informed phone in programme about the MMR vaccine. LBC called in the lawyers to Ben Goldacre. Jeni Barnett, despite her appeal to call for debate, shut down her blog. You can find that blog and her readers’ comments here on my blog.
And the real London’s Biggest Conversation has been spreading to Radio4, The Times and hundreds of web sites. Stephen Fry twittered about the issue and Bad Science almost collapsed under the weight of the traffic.
LBC 97.3FM – you are hypocrites – you invite conversation and debate, but scream and shout when it does not go your way. You are the old school, and you fail to understand how there are rafts of people out there that hate how you try to control the media and fill it with vacuous nonsense without any sense of civic responsibility.
And today’s London Standard – the daily London paper joins the big conversation,
No amount of evidence could change parents’ minds, however. I had mothers with senior jobs in the arts, business and finance swearing to me that their children would never be vaccinated. Journalists I once respected joined the frenzy. The parents and reporters had one thing in common: none had a science degree.
This is not a game. Lives are at stake – and that is the central thing that LBC failed to consider before they let Jeni Barnett loose with her homeopath fuelled delusions. I join Ben Goldacre in calling for you to make on on air apology, "prominently and in the same slot." They should allow the evidence for MMR to be presented clearly and knowledgeably without space for misinformation and prevarication.
Can you make London’s Biggest Apology? I somehow think not.