A disappearance in a CBS News flu vaccine story…and the persistence of disinformation

January 28th, 2011 → 10:17 pm @

Two days ago, CBS News’s Sharyl Attkisson posted a story on the CBS web site titled, “Child Flu Vaccine Seizures?” It ended thusly:

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Chat/interview/podcast roundup

January 18th, 2011 → 11:01 pm @

I’ve been swamped the last few days: I was in North Carolina over the weekend for the truly inspiring ScienceOnline 2011 conference and since then have been trying desperately to dig out from under the mound of unfulfilled obligations that have piled up already in 2011. As a result, I have a whole mess of half-written blog posts. One day, hopefully, I’ll finish those. In the meantime, here are some links to online chats, Q/As, podcasts, and interviews that have taken place over the last few days.

Here’s a partial transcript of a conversation I had with Ivan Oransky, the executive editor of Reuters Health. (Ivan also writes the excellent blogs Embargo Watch and Retraction Watch.)

This is a link to an e-interview with Kev from Left Brain/Right Brain.

You can find an in-depth interview by Shannon Rosa of The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism here.

And if you want to download a podcast of an appearance I did on KERA, an NPR affiliate in Dallas-Ft. Worth, you can do that right over here.

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Salon retracts “Deadly Immunity,” RFK Jr. keep it on his site…as does Dr. Jay

January 17th, 2011 → 11:23 pm @

On Sunday, Salon.com’s editor-in-chief, Kerry Lauerman, did something that’s far too rare in the media: He acknowledged his publication had made a mistake in judgment and he took steps to correct the damage. The piece in question was “Deadly Immunity,” an error-laced story by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. that initially appeared in both Salon and Rolling Stone. It was filled with outright errors, embarrassing misquotes, and clumsy mischaracterizations. From Lauerman’s statement: (more…)

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Kissing Kirshenbaum: Contest extended!

January 13th, 2011 → 9:49 pm @

It was recently brought to my attention that when I initially announced the“Get a Kiss, Win a Book” contest, the comments section of the blog were, um, experiencing technical difficulties.* So! The contest has been extended for one week. Here are the basics:

* Read Sheril Kirshenbaum’s awesome/sexy/fun/interesting The Science of Kissing.
* Write in the comments your favorite thing about the book. (more…)

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Upcoming on 1/13: Brian Lehrer, Gawker.com, ABC Radio

January 12th, 2011 → 8:39 pm @

Tomorrow I’ll be making a bunch of different media appearances, and many of them allow for live audience interaction. At 1 pm, Gawker will be featuring The Panic Virus as its latest Book Club selection. (An excerpt will be posted sometime in the morning, and from 1 to 2 I’ll be answered questions in the comments section.)

Earlier in the day, I’ll be on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show, which airs on NPR stations around the country and streams online. The segment I’ll be on is scheduled to run from 11:25 to 11:45 am.

And for those of you listening to drive-time radio bright and early, I’ll be on a number of different ABC Radio stations bright and early in the morning. Below is a list of the segments that will be aired live; all times are EST.

8:00 AM     WTAM-Cleveland
8:10 AM     WOR-New York
8:20 AM     KMBZ-Kansas City
8:50 AM     KTRH-Houston
9:05 AM     KEX-Portland, OR
9:15 AM     KOMO-Seattle
9:20 AM    KTRS-St. Louis

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Radio/review wrap-up

January 11th, 2011 → 12:30 pm @

* This morning, I talked with CNN’s T.J. Holmes on American Morning; here’s the video.

* Also this morning, The Wall Street Journal‘s Katherine Hobson ran a Q&A with me on the paper’s health blog.

* On Sunday, I was on NPR’s Weekend “All Things Considered” with Guy Raz. Raz is exceedingly astute interviewer — but even if you have no interest in hearing me, it’s worth listening to the first several minutes of the segment, in which Raz interviews a remarkable woman named Kelly Lacek, whose story starts out The Panic Virus. (more…)

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1/11/11: The official release date is finally here

January 10th, 2011 → 10:35 pm @

In 89 minutes, it’ll be the official on-sale date for The Panic Virus. What are you waiting for? Go get yourself a copy.

Also, for those interested, I’ll be on CNN’s American Morning at 8:40 am. Since I’ll already have been awake for three hours, I’m sure I’ll be looking my finest.

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