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"The Toronto Star ran a medically irresponsible story on their front page, then Heather Mallick doubled down on the story. What she didn't expect was the invocation of Dr Ben Goldacre's name would cause a firestorm."

I thought this was pretty interesting/entertaining. A reporter wrote a fear-mongering article about the Gardasil vaccine, invoked Ben Goldacre's name in the piece, and he was...not happy to say the least. Read his twitter responses at the link below :)

https://storify.com/karengeier/when-teaching-yourself-statistics-is-no-match-for

The follow up article is called "Toronto Star Backs Off Anti-Vaccination Story"

"After doubling down for nearly a week The Star acknowledged that they “failed” in their reporting and did not give proper weight to science. According to a story by Global News Canada:

“The Star’s publisher John Cruickshank said the paper failed the public in the way it presented its story…. Cruickshank took responsibility for the way the story was presented and said he understands why it could have given readers the false impression that Gardasil is dangerous.”

http://news.discovery.com/human/psychology/toronto-star-backs-off-anti-vaccination-story-150215.htm
 

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What a mess. Why write an article about someone without contacting them first?
Bad journalism, even with the bad science aside.
 
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