False balance is the bane of a science communicator’s existence. KATU’s Genevieve Reaume provided false balance in abundance in a story about the measles outbreak and the antivaccine movement.
Over the last two weeks, Amazon, YouTube, Facebook, and other social media platforms started to crackdown on the spread of antivaccine misinformation on their services. Will it be enough?
Chris Turnpaugh, a chiropractor and “functional neurologist,” treated a young man with a traumatic brain injury. Did it do any good? Of course not, functional neurology is just as much quackery as any functional medicine.
I saw my favorite station airing an advertisement disguised as a news story for a Curewell IV HAUS, which sells IV “therapy.” I did not approve.
As a reporter with a decade-long history of credulously reporting antivaccine conspiracy theories and pseudoscience as news, Sharyl Attkisson is an old “friend” of the blog. This time, she’s reporting a new-old conspiracy theory about the Autism Omnibus proceedings. I say “new-old” because she tries to mightily to produce a new version of the central conspiracy theory of the antivaccine movement.