Barbara Fischkin: Bad Justice, Bad Journalism, A Maligned Doctor And A Dead Mother
Posted Feb 20 2009 12:00am
Managing Editor's Note: Only our friend Barbara Fischkin could connect the dots between the vaccine court, the media coverage and the death of an autism Mom in Ohio with such razor sharp insight. As an Autism Mom, I spent last week with my head spinning. Ultimately though, I could see that the events - in a conflicted American court, a decimated American home and a misguided British newspaper - were all connected, albeit in a deep, unsettling manner. But one that also illuminates that the debate is far from over.
In America last week, our Vaccine Court very curiously threw a hearty dose of cold water over the widely reported connection between autism and vaccines. I use this phrase -- widely reported-- to emphasize that the connection between autism and vaccines has been spotted by multitudes of front line participants and observers -- parents and physicians who have seen children and patients fall apart after being vaccinated. Ignoring these eyewitness accounts is akin to dismissing testimonies from soldiers until those testimonies are "peer reviewed" by scientists who may have no first hand experience in war zones.
Read Barbara's full post and comment at the Spectrum Magazine blog HERE. (If you don't get Spectrum Magazine, we highly recommend you treat yourself to a subscription.)