Category: Science and the Media

I’ve Been Silenced, Censored, and Cancelled. The Reason Why Matters.

When conference organizers told me not to make my talk "political", they were really saying there were certain people and ideas I wasn't allowed to criticize. I didn't get it at the time. I get it now.

/ June 16, 2024
By Niklas Bildhauer (who also is User gerolsteiner91. - originally posted to Flickr as folder, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4209887

“Fauci Files” and Florida’s Grand Jury Investigations Fail to Deliver

Although multiple antivaccine investigations have failed to deliver any substantive evidence of alleged crimes, the latest antivax flops won't flip anyone.

/ June 13, 2024
IV drips nutrients

The Washington Post publishes an advertorial on IV drips

Last week, I had a choice between two poorly framed articles on health to discuss. I wrote about the one on "vaccine injury." But the second one about IV drips kept nagging at me. Why do journalists do so poorly on issues like this?

/ May 13, 2024
NYT Vax injury

A poorly framed article on COVID-19 vaccine injury in the New York Times

A poorly framed article on people who believe that COVID-19 vaccines injured them is being trumpeted by antivaxxers. Where the New York Times and its reporter Apoorva Mandavilli go wrong?

/ May 6, 2024

Science Based Satire: What I Would Have Done

A man who experienced the pandemic entirely from his laptop, explains what he would have done had he actually done anything.

/ February 4, 2024

Dr. Adam Cifu: “We Now Need to Accept That This is Here to Get Infected With Again and Again.”

If Dr. Adam Cifu were genuinely concerned about vaccine hesitancy, I would strongly encourage him to learn about the anti-vaccine movement. He'll discover that it is fueled not by a lack of "robust data" on COVID boosters, but rather by exactly the sort of mistrust and anti-vaccine misinformation spread by his own blog and collaborators.

/ January 20, 2024

Hospital Measures Prevented COVID Transmission

A new study finds that hospital measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 worked, and we probably should keep them.

/ January 17, 2024

Dr. Lucy McBride: “As physicians, dispensing false hope is dangerous & unethical.”

The many sheltered physicians like Dr. Lucy McBride who confidently said herd immunity was at hand and fear of COVID was pathological are the last people who should be sanctimoniously sermonizing about the importance of trust in medicine.

/ January 12, 2024
RFK Jr. on CNN

RFK Jr. and his “I’m not anti-vaccine” rejoinder to being confronted with his past antivax statements: A primer

On Friday, CNN host Kasie Hunt interviewed antivax presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Although she did better than most journalists confronting him for his past antivax statements in that she played a clip of one of his antivax statements, she clearly hadn't anticipated his response, which should have been very predictable given that he's been using it for at least 15...

/ December 18, 2023