This article reiterates (with appropriate outrage) what I wrote about yesterday. You couldn't ask for a more satisfying tirade against the media's drug habit - that is - setting two antagonistic viewpoints in oppositional boxes to debate an issue on equal footing... even if one is a NASA Scientist, and the other is a guy named "Gary... who believes the sky is a carpet painted by God" (Dara O'Briain).
At this point I wouldn't be surprised if CNN ran a quirky, light-interest segment on Arizona Moonbeam, who would describe for us her daily conversations with the faeries that watch over us at all times - explaining that if we would just "open up" we could have magical interlocutors, too.
A friend phoned yesterday, sounding shaken. He wanted reassurance that nothing would happen to him after having been immunized from Swine Flu - as he'd just been harassed by colleagues for doing so. They warned that he might become paralyzed, or able only to walk backwards for the rest of his life (you think I exaggerate, but I don't).
This is not harmless conspiracy theorism, this is deadly stuff. As Copley-Woods points out, another's decision to forgo the vaccination of their children not only affects their family, it can spread infection to yours or mine. And fault lies, greatly, with a careless media.
Without the media helping to promote junk science, anti-vax leaders would, deservedly, be labeled the quacks that they are.
Thanks to Blair Scott for the link.