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Science Matters: The BBC's balancing act

Postby ukantic » Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:15 am

Giving all viewpoints an airing is fine in politics, but makes little sense when it comes to reporting science

At the end of September 2009, a 14-year-old girl collapsed and died at her school in Coventry. Natalie Morton, an autopsy showed, was killed by a large chest tumour that had not previously been detected.

The tragedy, however, captured the headlines for a different reason: on the day of her collapse, she had been given the human papilloma virus vaccine to protect her against cervical cancer. Much of the media played up the link, describing Natalie as a “cancer jab victim” — even though the vaccine was rapidly revealed to have been irrelevant to her death. ... 011355.ece
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