Washington Post’s fractured measles history

“The incredible power of the measles vaccine, in 3 graphics,” a blog by Washington Post’s Ana Swanson, would more accurately be titled “How to mislead readers about measles, in 3 graphics.” Look at Swanson’s first graphic, “Measles incidence over time,” showing a steady incidence of measles prior to the early 1960s, followed by a precipitous […]

Nova Scotia shelves vaccine registry, Halifax Chronicle-Herald scores kudos

“Vaccination registry on N.S. back burner,” an article on Nova Scotia’s decision to once again shelve a system to keep electronic track of its citizens’ vaccine records, gets kudos for balanced reporting. Laura Fraser, staff reporter at the Halifax Chronicle-Herald, Atlantic Canada’s largest paper, interviewed those for and against the decision, providing their different perspectives […]

Discover Magazine needs to rediscover facts on vaccines

When Discover Magazine was launched by Time in 1980, graced by columnists such as Stephen Jay Gould, it was a marvel to behold. That era of excellence in its illumination of science is no more. Over the years Discover was sold and resold several times, dumbed down, and now it runs pieces by blogger Keith Kloor such […]

Vaccines: Blind faith at the Washington Post on Paul Offit’s Bad Faith

After the New York Times eviscerated Paul Offit’s new book, Bad Faith: How Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine, the world of journalism was on notice that something was seriously amiss with Offit’s faith-based case for vaccination — at the very least that his word could not be taken as Gospel. “Offit’s book is more a […]

Globe and Mail unquestioningly touts HPV vaccine for boys

The Globe and Mail’s health news reporter, Kelly Grant, referred to lots of experts in “Nova Scotia to include boys in HPV vaccination schedule,” her April 10 story on the merits of vaccinating boys as well as girls against the human papillomavirus. Grant referred to “oncologists and major health organizations – including the Canadian Cancer […]

CTV News deserves kudos in broadcast over a court ruling that a child be vaccinated

CTV News and its reporter Nicole Lampa provided fair and balanced coverage yesterday in a story about a Superior Court judge’s ruling in a dispute between separated parents as to whether their 10-year-old daughter should be vaccinated for measles. In reporting that the judge sided with the father’s desire for vaccination, CTV aired statements from both […]

USA Today wrong on mercury, wrong on scientific consensus on vaccines

“According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the mercury-containing chemical has been removed from routine childhood vaccines since 2001,” writes Ty Chandler in a USA Today story entitled “Calif. lawmakers advance controversial vaccine bill.” Chandler didn’t do her homework, and USA Today didn’t do its fact checking. 2001 didn’t mark the removal of […]

Australian media hypes child flu risks, hides flu vaccine risks

“My little girl nearly died from the flu: Jab recommended for kids,” read the headline yesterday in a harrowing story about three-year-old Rosie Baxter, who came down with the flu in 2013. The article by Kate Calacoura of news.com.au, Australia’s leading news site, was all melodrama, stressing how deadly the flu can be, reminding readers […]

Flu vaccines: Swallowing hype down under

Travel and lifestyle writer Leah McLennan of the Australian Associated Press was out of her depth in What’s new in 2015 flu vaccine?, a feature that ran on Australia’s leading news site, news.com.au. She should have known better than to accept at face value information offered by official parties in the vaccine debate. McLennan wrote: […]

Autism: San Francisco Chronicle’s errors of omission

“Kaiser to look for autism’s causes in large-scale study,” read a headline in yesterday’s San Francisco Chronicle. Its subtitle could have read: “And it won’t be vaccines.” Health reporter Victoria Colliver can’t be faulted for any factual errors in this story about what’s believed to be “the largest genetic research project ever conducted by a […]