‘He said, she said’ can get it wrong

Last week I posted a story regarding Jenny McCarthy’s vaccine quackery. While I included quotes from both of the people I interviewed, I think it’s still possible to come away with the feeling that Ms. McCarthy might be on to something.

After all, ABC wouldn’t offer a prestigious public platform on The View to a complete flim-flam artist, would they? (The answer, apparently, is yes.)

Brendan Nyhan, writing in Columbia Journalism Review, puts it quite well.

There is no perfect way to cover McCarthy’s hiring, of course, but giving “balanced” coverage to fringe beliefs is the worst approach to covering misinformation.

Exactly. So, just to be clear, Jenny McCarthy’s claims regarding vaccines are pure twaddle.

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