As you’ve probably heard by now, Every Child By Two has been sending an email out requesting people ask Oprah to “dedicate a show to the science behind the question of whether vaccines cause autism.” Some (“an excellent idea”—Kev at Left Brain/Right Brain) are in favor of calling for such. Others are not (“It’s highly unlikely that, even if Oprah did give a platform to ECBT, it would end up promoting vaccination in the way that ECBT desires”—-Orac at Respectful Insolence). I kind of suspect that a TV show like Oprah might try to frame the purported (not-supported-by-the-science) vaccine-autism link as a “debate”—-between, for instance, scientists vs. parents—-when there is no debate about the science.
There is plenty to discuss about why some parents feel they deserve a choice about whether or not to vaccinate their children, and why they feel so unconvinced and at odds with science. But can a show like Oprah really present, in a properly accurate manner, the science of vaccines, without falling prey to parents’ fears and emotions?