Ben Goldacre of Bad Science fame has got himself in to a bit of bother with the lawyers of LBC. Its a long story but here’s the gist of it:
Jeni Barnett, a broadcaster on LBC, held a phone-in in which she had a rant against MMR. This lasted about 40 minutes and was so full of canards, in Ben’s view, that he felt moved to post an MP3 of the section of that section of the show but also lay out why she was wrong. Anyone who follows Bad Science should know that Ben is a crusader against bad journalism of which this is a classic example.
Ben then recieved a letter from LBC’s lawyers telling him to take the MP3 downÂ as it infringed their copyright and in the usual heavy handed style of corpoarte lawyers “reserved their rights”. Ben has done this and is seeking financial and legal help.
In an interetsing twist Holford Watch points out that Jeni’s rants were those of an ignoramous and not someone well informed:
We are therefore pleased to see Jeni admitting that she failed to act as one would expect a responsible broadcaster to:
When tested on the contents of the MMR vaccine I [Jeni] told the truth. I did not have the facts to hand. Was I ill informed? Yes. As a responsible broadcaster I should have been better prepared
How Jeni can refer to herself as a responsible broadcaster after admitting her ignorance is beyond me.
No matter what you think of MMR, trying to surpress someone like Ben Goldacre is crass and censorialÂ and I urge you to go and read the story and offer support if you can.