The Award Winning Ben Goldacre

Now that we have finally seen that Ben is his daddy’s son:

http://www.ageofautism.com/2010/08/whats-behind-ben-goldacre-.html

We can begin to piece together where the wonderkid might have come from.

He appeared fully grown in 2003, already an opinion-former. His piece defending the MMR vaccine (MMR: Never mind the facts) promptly won the coveted Association of British Science Writers award for best feature article of 2003. Coincidentally (!) this award is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, a major MMR vaccine manufacturer.

As the Conchrane review states,

“The design and reporting of safety outcomes in MMR vaccine studies, both pre- and post-marketing, are largely inadequate. The evidence of adverse events following immunisation with MMR cannot be separated from its role in preventing the target diseases.”

http://www2.cochrane.org/reviews/en/ab004407.html

It’s good to see Ben has taken Goebbels advice to heart,

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

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