Monday, 8 December 2008

The Truth about MMR and the Medjah

This report in the Guardian on Saturday is a damning indictment of several UK papers. It shouldn't come as a great surprise, but I'm still very disappointed. But hey, whoever said the medjah had to report anything fairly?

Summary:

On Tuesday the Telegraph, the Independent, the Mirror, the Express, the Mail, and the Metro all reported that a coroner was hearing the case of a toddler who died after receiving the MMR vaccine, which the parents blamed for their loss. Toddler 'died after MMR jab' (Metro), 'Healthy' baby died after MMR jab (Independent), you know the headlines by now.

On Thursday the coroner announced his verdict: the vaccine played no part in this child's death. So far, of the papers above, only the Telegraph has had the decency to cover the outcome. The Independent, the Mirror, the Express, the Mail, and the Metro have all decided that their readers are better off not knowing. Tick, tock.

I wanted to indent the quote, the way Greg Laden did, but don't know how to, so if any of you knows, please pass on the tip.

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