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Correcting our record [Salon Vaccine Mea Culpa]
Salon ^ | 1-16-2011 | By Kerry Lauerman

Posted on 01/17/2011 10:29:39 AM PST by Red Badger

In 2005, Salon published online an exclusive story by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. that offered an explosive premise: that the mercury-based thimerosal compound present in vaccines until 2001 was dangerous, and that he was "convinced that the link between thimerosal and the epidemic of childhood neurological disorders is real."

The piece was co-published with Rolling Stone magazine -- they fact-checked it and published it in print; we posted it online. In the days after running "Deadly Immunity," we amended the story with five corrections (which can still be found logged here) that went far in undermining Kennedy's exposé. At the time, we felt that correcting the piece -- and keeping it on the site, in the spirit of transparency -- was the best way to operate. But subsequent critics, including most recently, Seth Mnookin in his book "The Panic Virus," further eroded any faith we had in the story's value. We've grown to believe the best reader service is to delete the piece entirely.

"I regret we didn't move on this more quickly, as evidence continued to emerge debunking the vaccines and autism link," says former Salon editor in chief Joan Walsh, now editor at large. "But continued revelations of the flaws and even fraud tainting the science behind the connection make taking down the story the right thing to do." The story's original URL now links to our autism topics page, which we believe now offers a strong record of clear thinking and skeptical coverage we're proud of -- including the critical pursuit of others who continue to propagate the debunked, and dangerous, autism-vaccine link.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: autism; kennedy; vaccine
It was from a Kennedy so it must be true.................
1 posted on 01/17/2011 10:29:42 AM PST by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

It’s a wonder this guy has any credibility with regard to anything.


2 posted on 01/17/2011 10:31:13 AM PST by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: Red Badger

Salon covering their asses and trying to forestall lawsuits.


3 posted on 01/17/2011 10:33:05 AM PST by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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To: Redbob

He doesn’t..........but he’s Kennedy royalty....


4 posted on 01/17/2011 10:34:18 AM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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To: Red Badger

Well, that’s OK. So a few thousand, or perhaps many thousands, of people died because they feared that vaccines were dangerous.

That’s life. We certainly wouldn’t want to criticize such outstanding, upright folks as Salon, Rolling Stone, or Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

After all, the Left can do no wrong.


5 posted on 01/17/2011 10:36:01 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Red Badger
"But continued revelations of the flaws and even fraud tainting the science behind the connection make taking down the story the right thing to do."

Okay Salon, if you really mean this, how about a story debunking "global warming" and "climate change" induced by man-caused carbon dioxide? (It's easier to spot the climate fraud than the thimerosal/vaccine/autism fraud.)

I do believe that there will be a grand accounting some day on the climate fraud; and, that there will be a stampede of alleged "scientists" to put some distance between themselves and the counterfeit "science".

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6 posted on 01/17/2011 10:38:40 AM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Red Badger
"... We've grown to believe the best reader service is to delete the piece entirely."

Why not save it by moving it over to a new server at "http://discredited.salon.com" with all your other bullshit stories, Salon?

That way it doesn't go down the 'Memory Hole' and helps to undo the damage you've caused from people reposting your invented journalism as researched fact.

7 posted on 01/17/2011 11:12:46 AM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: The KG9 Kid

Just like in 1984 where all the guys get their “audits” or whatever to change the things in Big Brother’s speeches!


8 posted on 01/17/2011 11:17:05 AM PST by 21twelve ( You can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust ... another lost generation.)
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