Every day after I log onto Age of Autism (my home page) I go over to Boston.com to check out the local sports news. I have been a long time Boston resident and therefore an avid reader of The Boston Globe. Recently, however, I have become appalled at the bias apparent in their news coverage. Usually, I ignore that and just go straight to the sports. Today, however, when their Health and Science section had yet another story on the swine flu, yet not a peep about autism rates of 1 in 100 (and of course nary a mention of the new primate study in Neurotoxicology that you can now find HERE) , I couldn’t contain myself. I wrote this letter to the editor.
I doubt we’ll be seeing my letter in The Globe any time soon. In the meantime, on Tuesday the Globe posted a link to an abbreviated form of the Associated Press story. A day late and a dollar short.
To the editors,
Virtually every day I log onto the boston.com site, I find some new and hysterical promotional article around this or that variant of the influenza virus. Every individual case of death that can be connected to these viruses merits front page news. It’s as if you have become the public relations arm of the CDC, unthinkingly regurgitating every bit of public health propaganda they throw your way, doing your best to stir up fear and panic in uncritical readers.
Any preventable death, of course, is a tragedy. But the flu is not a crisis; mankind has lived largely in equilibrium with influenza and other microbes for millennia. And flu vaccines, the proximate reason for the propaganda, are not the answer: they often don’t work, they don’t affect death rates in elderly recipients, they can increase the odds of hospitalization and most of them contain organic mercury. In the meantime, a new survey reports that autism rates in American children have reached a rate of 1 in 100.
1 in 100.
Did you all decide when you chose careers in journalism that you wanted to become shills for government health propaganda and the profit interests of the life sciences industry? If this is what the newspaper industry has come to, you all deserve to go out of business.