Saturday, February 7, 2009

The first thing we do is kill all the lawyers

Ben Goldacre [Bad Science] has a bit of a problem ...

LBC have instructed their lawyers to contact me.

Two days ago I posted about a broadcast in which their presenter Jeni Barnett exemplified some of the most irresponsible, ill-informed, and ignorant anti-vaccination campaigning that I have ever heard on the public airwaves. This is important because it can cost lives, and you can read about the media’s MMR hoax here.

... and now the lawyers are indeed swarming. Perhaps Ben cannot post the entire 45 minute clip, but crafty individual that he is, realized that posting smaller sections of it would be fair use. Now if only there were hundreds (or thousands) of other people out there who might post those bits of video and transcript. Oh wait, this is the internet, how silly of me! Many have responded, and the story is spreading far and wide. Pay a visit to Bad Science and help spread the story further still.

[Update] Since this post continues to get lots of traffic a clarification is in order. The title of this post is a slight misquote of Shakespeare:
"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers". 
(Henry VI, Act IV, Scene II)
Fortunately the lawyer in my family is also enthusiastic about Shakespeare, therefore I suspect he get's the joke.

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