The summer has not been an easy one for aficionados or practitioners of science writing. There was, of course, the ongoing, death-by-1,000-cuts Jonah Lehrer fiasco, where, over a period of more than a month, one of
The whole cell pertussis vaccine, media malpractice, and the long-term effects of avoiding difficult conversations
Seventy years-ago, a pioneering American scientist named Pearl Kendrick combined killed, whole cell pertussis bacterium with weakened diphtheria and tetanus toxins to create the first combination diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine. It was an almost instantaneous success: In 1934, six
Edward Jay Epstein “submits that Fareed Zakaria is not guilty of plagiarism.” I submit that Epstein doesn’t understand what the word means.
I won’t dwell on this for too long, but: Last week, Fareed Zakaria was suspended from both Time and CNN for plagiarizing a portion of a column (for Time) and a blog post (for CNN)
The Huffington Post plays up Rob Schneider’s anti-vaccine ravings — and it makes everything else on the site look bad.
I have a long and not-so-friendly history with The Huffington Post: My second post for this blog was titled “The Huffington Post — Featuring Bad Science and Facile Reasoning Since 2005,” and in the 19
SciWriteLabs 8.3: Adjudicating the Lehrer plagiarism accusations. Plus: Are we ignoring the truly frightening trends in journalism?*
Two weeks ago, Jim Romenesko revealed that Jonah Lehrer had recycled work from a 2011 Wall Street Journal column for a recent blog post on NewYorker.com. As anyone who has been following this knows, plenty more revelations followed, including accusations that Lehrer had
TLC’s vaccine misinformation piece vanishes into the ether. Do they owe readers an explanation? (Also: Chicago Sun-Times endorsement of anti-vaccine conference remains online.) UPDATED
See bottom of post for update. On Tuesday, TLC posted “Why shouldn’t we vaccinate our children,” which was one of the all-time worst pieces written about vaccines. It had outright falsehoods and oodles of misleading
Look out later today for a letter to the folks over at TLC about their crazy-making balderdash from a group of medical and science-based organizations. This may not be a complete list, but word is
UPDATE: Sun-Times endorsement of autism quackfest remains online even after editor claims it was “incorrect”
See the bottom of this post for an update on the Sun-Times‘s “proud support” of AutismOne. On Sunday, the Chicago Sun-Times published a fawning, credulous Q&A with Jenny McCarthy, who has been more responsible than
Just a head’s up to anyone who gets The Panic Virus via an RSS feed: part 2 of my roundtable with Ari Ne’eman, Shannon Des Roches Rosa, John Elder Robison, Todd Drezner, and Steve Silberman
It’s been almost four years since I began work researching and reporting on autism. The bulk of that work was focused on my book The Panic Virus, which examines the spurious fears over a connection