How are you doing? Depends on how you perceive a journalist's role. So far, you are doing little more than providing a platform for misinformation and voyeurism. You call autism a disease. Your anchor said autism "hits" adults. You invite your viewers to "see" an autistic adult. Ashley, your job is about so much more than catchy graphics and editing. Technically, you're at the top of your game. But if you really want to shine a light on autism you need a better grasp of the science. The science starts with evidence, real evidence, and among bona fide researchers, the kind with relevant training, the ones who eschew improbable conspiracy theories, the vaccine-autism hypothesis is dead. You can still present all sides of the story, but for crying out loud show some skepticism. That's what makes journalism such a vital part of our democracy. You're not a stenographer.
Vaccinology has come to have its own orthodoxy, even as skepticism is arising in respected venues such as the British Medical Journal "Are US flu death figures more PR than science?" and the journal Vaccine "Why is evidence-based medicine so harsh on vaccines?" As the reporter is learning, many prominent researchers as well as many parents no longer accept official statements from the CDC, FDA, AMA, or AAP. Daring to present vaccinology's dark side is so very important. The reporter's efforts are appreciated!
Ashley Reynolds and her team have gone so far beyond most press coverage of autism it's incredible! Rarely have I heard reporters let the parents talk like Ashley does. Far too often members of the press are satisfied giving the final word on autism to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That agency has yet to recognize that there's a problem with one in every 150 children in the U.S. having autism. They still credit the rate to "better diagnosing" by doctors and "better studies" by the CDC. They show little concern over all the students in our schools with autism or about the fact that eighty percent of Americans with autism are under the age of eighteen. Maybe with coverage like we are seeing at KOMU-TV, the truth about the autism epidemic and the link to unsafe vaccines will make this a nationally recognized health care crisis. Anne McElroy Dachel Chippewa Falls, WI USA Member of the board of A-CHAMPhttp://www.a-champ.org Media Editor: AGE OF AUTISMMember: National Autism Association (NAA)http://www.nationalautismassociation.org Generation Rescuehttp://www.generationrescue.org/
Ashley,Your series is becoming spectacular. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and in the name of my mercury poisoned grandson, whom I am working on recovering. I hope you win major awards for this series-you deserve it. maurine MeleckNorth Augusta, SC
... 80 percent of Americans with autism are under the age of 18Do you have a credible source for this rather remarkable claim? This might be a nice teachable moment for the journalists at KOMU, a chance to ask for evidence rather than just accept that everything posted here is true.
I haven't had a chance to view all of the videos yet. Maybe you've already touched on this, but I wanted to make sure to mention this. Please, please, PLEASE make your viewers aware that there is STILL a toxic level of mercury in the vast majority of flu shots. The medical establishment has removed thimerosal from routine childhood vaccines only to start poisoning babies and pregnant women though flu shots that are now being recommended for them.Robin Nemethhttp://wideopenwest.com/~r_nemeth/clinic_timeline.htm
Anne, one thing I've always wondered about, and you might be the person to answer: how is it that Dan Olmsted missed The Clinic for Special Children in Lancaster County?
Ashley et al:This really looks like it is going to be one of the most comprehensive stories ever reported in this country on this issue. I hope each of you win an award for your hard work. Many in the field of journalism forgot what good journalism was all about and I point the finger of blame for what happened to my son at not only our government for being asleep at the switch while thousands of innocent children could have been saved, but at the many reporters who could have made a huge difference if only they had cared. Thank you for caring!Angela MedlinNorth Carolina
Yes, Ashley, I think as long as you stick to the science, recognize speculation for what it is, and take double bank shot conspiracy theories with a huge grain of salt, then you will gain the recognition you deserve. There is indeed an important story here, but it has nothing to do with who yells the loudest.
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