When health stories are politicised, mistaken views are given far too much credibility

February 12, 2015

An investigation into the decline of vaccinations in Britain found that the problem, in part, was the way the media covered the matter. In an effort to offer balance—and to entertain viewers with a lively verbal jousting match—news outlets lined up people with opposing views. In one corner were health experts who supported the vaccine. In the other were charismatic quacks or parents who were utterly convinced that the vaccine had made their children autistic (and whose genuine grief swayed many viewers).