(WITH THE CURRENT "PRESIDENT" CHOOSING TO LOWER SCIENCE AND EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS TO FINANCIALLY BENEFIT A HANDFUL OF INDIVIDUALS, AT THE EXPENSE OF THE HEALTH AND WELL BEING OF THE REST OF HUMANITY, IT IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT FOR THE MEDIA TO STEP UP AND HELP FILL THE VOID. WILL THEY BE UP TO THE TASK...THIS WAS FIRST PUBLISHED ON 2/4/2015.)
The Recent Spike in Measles Outbreaks is Tragic, and not just for the Reasons you may think. It is just the Latest Result of the Anti- Science Mindset, RESULTING IN NEEDLESS HARM TO THE HEALTH AND WELFARE OF NOT JUST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, BUT HUMANITY IN GENERAL.
Since I cover Medical Scams elsewhere on this Website, I won't get into the MISINFORMATION, LACK OF UNDERSTANDING ABOUT HOW THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD WORKS, AND THE ACCEPTANCE OF FLAGRANTLY BOGUS INFORMATION THAT LEADS SOME PEOPLE TO RESIST VACCINATIONS FOR THEIR CHILDREN. The Real Problem is not just the Quality of Some of the Data being pushed as VALID SCIENCE, BUT WHERE IT CAN BE FOUND.
A Little Background: Prior to the 1980s, before the Widespread Availability of CABLE TELEVISION AND THE INTERNET, Medical News was Transmitted to the AVERAGE AMERICAN FAMILY, FOR THE MOST PART, IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS;
- THE 3 MAIN TELEVISION NETWORKS- CBS, NBC, AND ABC.
- THROUGH THE CLASSROOM.
- MAGAZINES AND PERIODICALS.
With the Limited Number of Outlets Available, the Determination to get things Right, and Avoiding Embarrassing News Stories that supplied Incorrect Data, was Strong. No one wanted to be FACE OF FAILURE. Holding Employees and Sources Accountable for Improper, Invalid, or Incorrect Information was a sign of Integrity and Trust.
The Advent of Radio and Television made the YELLOW JOURNALISM practiced in the PRINT MEDIA less APPEALING, FOR INFORMATION COULD BE TRANSFERRED IN A MATTER OF MINUTES, TO AN AUDIENCE MUCH LARGER THAN EVER BEFORE.
SCHLOCK OR TABLOID JOURNALISM was relegated to MAGAZINES that inhabited the Check-Out Line in the Supermarket, or NICHE PUBLICATIONS THAT MIXED SCIENCE- FICTION, FANTASY, AND SOME RUDIMENTARY SCIENCE TOGETHER IN ONE MONTHLY OR BI-MONTHLY ISSUE.
A Few shows on Television and Radio, such as; IN SEARCH OF..., THATS INCREDIBLE, BELIEVE IT OR NOT etc., adopted the same format, but were never given any REAL CREDIBILITY. They were Mindless Diversions that were not taken seriously.
UNFORTUNATELY, THAT WAS TO CHANGE.