I almost didnt watch FRONTLINEs ‘Vaccine War’ last night. I made it to ~5 minutes in, but then they showed a clip of this dumb woman (Jennifer Margulis? Ya I read her papers in Journal of Immunology all the time. Oh wait, shes not an immunologist? Shes just some random nutbar? Ya, lets interview her about the ‘science’ of vaccines.) and I blew a fuse… but I decided to stick it out, and Im glad I did.
You can go over to Oracs place for a… Oracian break-down of the show.
I just want to put my two cents in. My main take-away message is, contrary to Chris Mooneys baseless, evidence-less bitching : We r doin it rite.
I liked how PBS emphasized the Google University nature of anti-vaxers. They emphasized the echo chambers of misinformation that YouTube/forums/etc can create… But they also gave a sly hat-tip to ‘Science Based Medicine’ when talking to a mom that is pro-vaccine. Our side can use the internet to help put out the burning fires of Stupid too.
- PBS mentioned Swine Flu Fraud Girl, Desiree Jennings. Our side had that shit covered.
- PBS mentioned how physicians/nurses/EMTs dont know what some of these rare-in-the-US diseases look like anymore, and how dangerous that is in and of itself. Our side had that shit covered.
- Jennifer Margulis and Jenny McCarthy hailed the JOY of ‘natural’ infections vs those stupid poopy-head vaccines. Our side had that shit covered.
I know nothing I say will change the mind of an anti-vax True Believer. Hell, that post I just wrote about our vaccines being safe from contaminating viruses? This asshole didnt even read the damn post they were commenting on, which directly addressed their anti-vax comment.
Science is irrelevant to these people.
However our side can do a good job educating laymen who do care about science, and if we make them laugh by making fun of bimbos like Jennifer Margulis and Jenny McCarthy, or get them all pissed off exposing the bullshit assholes like Wakefield and Handley get away with, thats nice too.