"Common sense eventually triumphed over MMR jab scaremongering, but it took 15 years, hundreds of new measles cases and countless misinformed headlines"
What is obvious is that article itself is a prime example of the scaremongering. Hundreds of new measles cases?
Scroll down to the comment section and see that "common sense" read and posted the actual surveillance reports--which totaled fewer than 30 measles cases. Also mentioned is the fact that 93% of Swansea residents have already had both jabs.
"The autism issue has been fraught with difficulty, precisely because parents of autistic children are having a tough enough time without being dismissed as gullible fools by an impatient scientific community. But plenty of autism campaigners feel equally irate. Ari Ne’eman – the first person with an autism spectrum disorder to sit on the US National Council on Disability – points out that 'the idea of the poor, pitiful disabled person that we need to save… belongs on the ash heap of history.' "
Great. The author says that the great scientific community dismisses parents of autistic children as gullible fools--and manages to imply that they therefore must be gullible fools. One comes away from that paragraph with "parents of autistic children = gullible fools" etched in one's subconscious. Very clever--and well-known to trial attorneys--tactic.
In the same paragrapgh, Ari Ne'eman's quote "the idea of the poor, pitiful disabled person that we need to save… belongs on the ash heap of history," is unbelievably offensive to the tens of thousands of parents of severely disabled autistic children, children who are incontinent, non-verbal, severely brain-damaged, and yes, poor, disabled, pitiful, and needing saving. Shame on him for equating their situation with his.
Not once does the author even acknowledge that some children will have severe reactions to the MMR. Not once does she mention that, even according to Merck's own website, adult females receiving the MMR have a 25% chance of arthritis/arthralgia from the MMR. Not once does she mention that both US and Italian governments have, in the last several months, both admitted that MMR caused autism, and compensated the families.
At least, there is some wisdom in the comments.
"Anenome," who claims a doctorate in medical genetics, correctly point out that a child's chance of successfully recovering from measles is far greater than successfully recovering from MMR-induced epilepsy.
One has to wonder, when writers are so foolish as to accuse others of fear-mongering right smack in the middle of their own text-book example of fear-mongering ("Measles seemed to be nothing worse than a mild childhood illness from which everyone recovered in a week. Then, in 2006, a 13-year-old boy became the first person in Britain in more than a decade to die of the disease.")
At what point will everyone notice not only that the emperor's new clothes do not exist, but that he is buck-naked?