In a classic case of the ABC neglecting to take their own advice, their “Immunisation Fact Files” website offers readers the following;

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The last paragraph says the following; “The internet has become a popular source for those seeking further information on vaccination. But be warned, studies have shown that when you type immunisation into a search engine, you will get a disproportionate number of sites that carry an anti-immunisation message.”

Following on from this, they provide links to the

The Australian Vaccination Network? Isn’t this precisely what they warned us about in the previous paragraph?

We wrote to the ABC to point this out to them and they have advised us they will remove the link. We await their actions.

Tip o’the hat to Bastard Sheep


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  • http://thesecondsight.blogspot.com/ EoR

    Getting the ABC to make little changes like this all seems rather pointless when the AVN are given free air time (Geoff Hutchison, ABC 720 Perth 5th June 2009) to promote their delusional worldview. Unchallenged assertions that the only side effect of measles is “a lifelong immunity to the disease” and callers describing the value of daytime TV in helping them to make their decisions were frightening. As was the ‘nurse’ who phoned up, implying that vaccines cause cancer, BSE, diabetes and so on (and also mentioned the power of homeopathy).

    Luckily, a couple of (older) callers mentioned the tragic effect of childhood diseases before vaccines, but they were outnumbered.

    It seems strange that the Chaser were savaged yesterday for a poor taste skit that made fun of children who are dying. Parents, however, are proud of exercising their ‘right’ to allow their children to die of third world diseases.

  • http://thinkingisreal.blogspot.com AndyD

    Oh, on re-reading what I’d written earlier, I now understand your confusion. That should have read as “I’m more than happy with the subtlety of the site – and (I’m more than happy with) the content.

  • http://thinkingisreal.blogspot.com AndyD

    No, you nutter. The site is subtle – colours, etc. Obviously not the content. Crikey, you go in a lot harder than I do when you get hold of a subject – and I don’t think I’m subtle.

    Well, there is facetiously of course, which also has that occasional, wannabe vowel “y”. But if that’s not it I’ll have to think a little longer on it.

    I’m not a fan of emoticons either but I had to reinforce my facetiousness – I’m often not a fan of text-only.

  • http://scepticsbook.com Maggie

    The content is subtle? Are you being facetious again? I certainly hope not. I try to be hard hitting and informative.

    Have not had time to submit my complaints, since been fighting the anti-vaxers. Not enough hours in the day. Bleugh.

    PS. Facetious is one of only two words -n the English language where all vowels appear in order. Care to provide me with the other one?

    (happy face cause I don’t like emoticons)

  • http://thinkingisreal.blogspot.com AndyD

    Sorry Maggie, I was being facetious. I’m more than happy with the subtlety of the site – and the content. Although the full stops could be a little fuller and if you could tweak the blue by 4 or 5%, I wouldn’t complain… :) :)

    Now to change the subject to something less important – did you guys ever get feedback from your official Mind, Body & Wallet complaints?

  • http://scepticsbook Amanda

    Sidebar fixed. Everyone can sleep soundly again.

    In fact, skepticsbook.com with a K also redirects here so that is not incorrect.

  • http://scepticsbook.com Maggie

    @AndyD,

    The correct design term is “typeface” not font (if you want to split hairs… he he)

    I am not responsible for the design scheme here; “Customised for scepticbooks.com by VIVidWeb”. It doesn’t offend me.

  • http://thinkingisreal.blogspot.com AndyD

    Oh, and while were at it EoR, it’s “The Sceptics’ Book of Pooh-Pooh” – with a “c” and an apostrophe – not “Skeptics” with a “k” and no apostrophe. :)

    (Although, someone should mention that to the person who wrote the copyright notice below) :) :)

    Now Maggie, about your fonts and colour scheme…

  • http://thesecondsight.blogspot.com/ EoR

    :-)

    Yes. Just testing…

  • http://scepticsbook.com Maggie

    @EoR point taken. I assume you incorrectly spelled “its just not on” in jest? Since in this context it is an abbreviation of “it is” therefore it should be “it’s”. Cheers.

  • http://thesecondsight.blogspot.com/ EoR

    Yes, but when will the Skeptics Book of Pooh-Pooh fix it’s little issue with it’s? Hint: “it’s” is not a possessive. Down with this sort of thing! Its just not on!

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  • David McCaffery

    Fantastic news AndyD. Well done sceptics! Keep working hard to save and protect our babies and community.

  • http://www.ratbags.com Peter Bowditch

    Bastard Sheep said “the majority of the time the AVN website has at the very least sounded very politically correct on the subject of vaccinations”. The inspiration for The Millenium Project was when I found that they had changed their name from Vaccination Awareness Network to the much more innocuous Australian Vaccination Network. They started lying to me in 1999 and haven’t stopped since.

  • http://thinkingisreal.blogspot.com/ AndyD

    The revised paragraph now reads:

    “The internet has become a popular source for those seeking further information on vaccination. But be warned studies have shown that when you type immunisation into a search engine you will get a disproportionate number of sites that carry an anti-immunisation message. The Australian Vaccination Network is one such anti-vaccination site.”

    Well done chaps.

  • http://bastardsheep.blogspot.com/ Bastard Sheep

    You have to admit though that the majority of the time the AVN website has at the very least sounded very politically correct on the subject of vaccinations. It’s quite easy to understand that despite their latest homepage one could very easily be fooled in to thinking they were an organisation about giving legitimate information in regards to vaccinations and medication in general.

    This very well shows the duplicity behind the AVN, why they take such great pains to vett out their yahoo mailing list etc. If it wasn’t for such caution their real agenda would shine through so clearly they wouldn’t get away with anywhere near the damage they are trying to cause.

  • Me

    write to mediawatch

  • http://seantheblogonaut.com Sean the Blogonaut

    Come on Aunty get your but into gear.