The Science Media Centre purports to be the place where science meets the headlines. People with ME/CFS know the SMC is the place where science disappears from the headlines. The stunning work of Lombardi and Mikovits has now been confirmed by Lo and Alter. These are exciting times for people with ME. The times they are a changin.
When it comes to reporting retroviral research on this illness in an independant and impartial manner the Science Media Centre is no longer fit for purpose. The wonderful work of these successful scientists deserves our full support. Their work must not be silenced. The motto of the Suffragettes was "deeds not words." The time for action is now.
Let this demonstration be as elegant and novel as the science it supports. To symbolise the Science Media Centres attempt to banish all news of these discovories from the headlines this will be the first demo ever where all the placards and banners carry no words. Let's all turn up with a completely blank canvas. By holding up our blank canvases in unision we can draw attention to the shameful news blackout surrounding this groundbreaking research while at the same time the blank canvas will acknowledge the very best efforts of those scientists less able to find this virus.
Practical Stuff- The closest tube station is Green Park (5 mins walk) Green Park is on the Jubilee, Victoria and Picadilly lines. There are a number of buses along Picadilly which run along the entrance to Albemarle Street- Nos 8,9,14,19,22 and 38.
Drinks and biscuits provided. See you there.
If you want to discover more about the news blackout, please read my article The Truth Behind the Headlines