Reuters, Wall Street Journal, report on Merck’s mumps fraud case

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“Merck accused of stonewalling in mumps vaccine antitrust lawsuit,” a Reuters article by Brendan Pierson published Thursday, appears to be the first time a mainstream media outlet has covered explosive accusations that Merck falsified test results on its mumps vaccine. Today, the Wall Street Journal followed suit with coverage of its own, “Lawsuit Claims Merck […]

Europe turning against vaccines

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“Europeans are turning away from vaccines, amid rising distrust of immunization for infectious diseases,” begins an article earlier this year in EurActiv, the journal of record for the European Community, published in over a dozen languages and widely read by journalists as a go-to-source for emerging policy debates in Europe. As evidence for its claim, […]

Mainstream media vigorously debates vaccine safety — in France

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In the US, Canada and the rest of the English-speaking world, questioning vaccine safety is a taboo subject, one the mainstream press fears to touch, let alone to debate. Not so in France, which enshrined the right to freedom of thought in its Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen in 1789 […]

Today’s Parent is misleading parents on vaccine schedules

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In “Are alternative vaccine schedules safe?” an article in this month’s issue of Today’s Parent, freelance writer Dory Cerny tells readers that “vaccination experts agree that tinkering with a schedule that has been painstakingly developed and proven over decades to be both safe and effective is impractical, potentially dangerous and gives parents a false sense of […]

Whoops! Whooping cough vaccine doesn’t work

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“Whooping Cough Vaccine’s Protection Fades Quickly,” reports Lisa Aliferis, State of Health Editor at KQED in Northern California, one of America’s most watched prime time public television stations. Aliferis yesterday reported on a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics that confirmed what many had suspected — the vaccine for whooping cough is a failure: […]

Denmark’s coverup surrounding Merck’s HPV vaccine

“It looks like a smokescreen. The Health Authority pretends to be open and public. It says: ‘We give access to our correspondence.’ And then it withholds the most important documents. The Health Authority has disregarded the law.” That assessment, made by Danish media lawyer Oluf Jorgensen, appears in “The Inoculated Girls,” a documentary aired on Denmark’s […]

National Post misleads on economics of HPV vaccine for boys

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“Vaccinate the boys, too: Preventing HPV in males would save lives — and money,” read the headline in an editorial last week in the National Post. The basis for the Post’s assurances that vaccinating boys would save the Canadian health system money? A study published this month in the journal Cancer that itself offers no […]

Vaccines: Stenographer disease hits journalists at Wall Street Journal, CNN

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Jeanne Whalen knows how to get to the bottom of a story — until recently she honed her skills getting the scoop on CEOs and politicians alike at The Wall Street Journal’s London and Moscow Bureaus. But now that she’s the Journal’s Deputy Bureau Chief for Health and Science, she sometimes more resembles a stenographer, as […]

Washington Post’s fractured measles history

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“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 […]

Measles vaccine kills six, Pakistan’s press reports

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“Measles vaccine kills 3 more kids,” reports The Nation, a leading Pakistani daily, bringing the number of deaths to six since an anti-measles vaccination campaign began April 13 in Balochistan province. Other children are in critical condition. Parents report that the children, who had been healthy, fell ill shortly after receiving the vaccine. The deaths, […]