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MMR: As the actress said to the doctor... - Dingbat
February 6th, 2009
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MMR: As the actress said to the doctor...

Jeni Barnett hosts a phone-in radio show that recently took a strong position against MMR, with pseudo-science so bad it was described as "irresponsible, ill-informed, and ignorant" by Ben "Last reason to bother with the Grauniad" Goldacre.

You can listen again through Wikileaks.

LBC's lawyers have used the Andrew Wakefield defence to attempt to silence discussion of this.

Jeni Barnett's own reply shows an interesting approach to her faith-based view of truth and antipathy to measurable fact, "When tested on the contents of the MMR vaccine I told the truth. I did not have the facts to hand." She also invites us, "I urge you to continue the debate", which does sit rather awkwardly with the threats of legal action to silence exactly that.

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From:inulro
Date:February 6th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
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On the plus side, I turned over to Channel 5 news earlier this evening and caught the tail end of a segment urging people to go out and get their kids vaccinated.
From:0ct0pus
Date:February 6th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
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I saw the legal stuff this morning on Ben's blog. How very strange. I thought it was Ms Barnett's reason for broadcasting to say lots of controversial things so people could ring up and tell her she was wrong... thus arguments=>listener interest=>advertising $$

Hello, by the way. I'm here via cybermule's friend's list. I'm her husband. I think you came to our house once. I like your posts.
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From:quercus
Date:February 9th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
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Hello again, and thanks.

We really must meet up again. Probably when it's warm enough to stick our noses out of doors.
From:annomalley
Date:February 6th, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
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Her response reminded me of a very funny bit in Ed Byrne Live at the Appollo where he goes on about people who "win" any debate with "Are you a parent? No? Then you don't know what you're talking about".
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From:cursingchemist
Date:February 8th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
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I just listened to the Wikileak. By the time I heard this statement
> I have raised a biological child and two logical children
I had already made a diagnosis as to the intelligence of the individual speaking, and value of the opinions being expressed.

She is plainly in need of a holiday, somewhere remote and peaceful. A few years ago I'd have suggested Gruinard Island, but there was an unfortunate spill of formaldehyde all over it which robbed it of the properties that would have made it so beneficial to her.

I'm sure there are other suitable places in the world, but they tend to be a bit 'exclusive', if that is the right word. Places that Governments place exclusion zones around, exclude from published maps, and deny the existence of.
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From:quercus
Date:February 9th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
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She really does say "you can't go around putting carp in food"

Carp.

Ban this piscine menace now!
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From:quercus
Date:February 10th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)

The Sainted Fry speaks...

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(from BadScience)
The fatuity of the Jeni Barnett woman’s manner - her blend of self-righteousness and stupidity, her simply quite staggering inability to grasp, pursue or appreciate a sequence of logical steps - all these are signature characteristics of Britain these days. The lamentable truth is that most of the population wouldn’t really understand why we get so angry at this assault on reason, logic and sense. But we have to keep hammering away at these people and their superstitious inanities. We have to. Well done you and well done all you supporting. I’ve tweeted this site to my followers. I hope they all do their best to support you. Publish and be damned. We’ll fight them and fight them and fight them in the name of empricism, reason, double blind random testing and all that matter.
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Stephen xxx
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