The Observer – How long will it take to get a correction and apology?

5th August, 2007 1

I have now added a counter to the front page of the Quackometer to show how many weeks it has been since the Observer has failed to print a proper correction of its glaring errors about MMR and autism and to offer an apology for misleading its readers. Others have fully documented and made available to all the problems with the article about MMR by Denis Campbell. The Observer web [read more…]

The Observer – Confused by Health Advice

5th August, 2007 4

Denis Campbell, the sports journalist, who raked up MMR fears in the Observer and got it all horribly wrong, is now back on the health theme debunking various health fears that crop up in the papers. I spat out my coffee when I saw this in the Observer. My contempt for the paper is growing. Denis says, It kills you; no, it does you good. Hang on, here’s another report [read more…]

Absence of Evidence

15th July, 2007 9

The absence of the Bad Science column in yesterday’s Guardian has all the makings of a bigger story than had there actually been a column. Ben Goldacre, writer of the column, has been one of the few voices in the British press that has reliably and careful pointed out the evidence against the assertion that the MMR vaccine causes autism in children. Last Sunday’s appalling story in the Guardian’s sister [read more…]

Autism: If You Can’t Blame MMR, Let’s Try Wi-Fi

10th July, 2007 21

Maybe we are witnessing the death throes of the MMR controversy. The arguments that autism is caused by the triple-jab have been shown to be without merit and only the foaming go on about mercury in vaccines anymore (MMR never had any mercury in it). Andrew Wakefield is scrabbling with his last gasp of PR before his GMC disciplinary meeting. Undoubtley, the die-hard campaigners will see a cover up and [read more…]

Chinese Whispers – MMR and the Press

9th July, 2007 2

Just a few days before Andrew Wakefield appears before the GMC disciplinary body on charges of misconduct, a front page article in the Observer makes fresh claims of links between the MMR vaccine and autism. In a separate interview in the same newspaper, Dr Wakefield says that he ‘told the truth all along’. He rather remarkably compares himself with Vaclav Havel, ‘As Vaclav Havel once said: “Follow the man who [read more…]