Published on February 10th, 2015 | by Admin0
Media watchdog says no one reporting full story on vaccines
Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com) Monday, February 09, 2015
A veteran journalist and media critic says one important piece of information has been left out of news coverage on the measles outbreak and subsequent controversy over whether children should be vaccinated.
Cliff Kincaid is the director of the Center for Investigative Journalism for the media watchdog Accuracy in Media. Kincaid says both sides in the vaccine debate portray a message that vaccines are completely safe, which he contends is "absolutely false."
"And it’s false because the federal government, the Congress of the United States, passed into law a program to compensate victims of vaccines,” he says. “And since this program was started in 1988, nearly 4,000 claims of damages have been awarded – over $2 billion [in damages]."
Kincaid stresses that he’s not saying parents should avoid vaccinating their children.
"All I’m saying is why can’t media on both sides – the liberal and conservative media – just report the facts and then let the news consumers, the public and the parent, make up their own minds?" he asks.
Kincaid wonders what subjects news organizations can be trusted to report accurately on if they won’t research basic information on vaccines. And he argues that any reporter who can do a basic Google search or make a call to the National Vaccine Information Center can come up with information on the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.