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Web chat with South Wales Evening Post editor Jonathan Roberts on measles

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 09, 2013

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Evening Post Editor Jonathan Roberts will be hosting a live webchat today at 2.30pm.

If you have any questions on the coverage, please log on from 2.30pm and click on the Cover it Live blog below.

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  • roadmonkey  |  April 09 2013, 7:11PM

    Did I misunderstand or did the editor say that he was going to republish all the original articles? How on earth is that supposed to help reduce parents' fears? Has the man learned nothing from this experience.

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  • CitizenSpike  |  April 09 2013, 3:36PM

    Whatever Mr Roberts might have intended the effect is that he managed to allow others a platform to foster doubts about the safety of the MMR vaccine. Isn't that where we came in?

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  • steve_jack  |  April 09 2013, 3:30PM

    I see this finished before any really tough or relevant questions got asked... At 3:09, the editor stated that "scientific opinion seemed to be split in the 1990s." To give credence to this view, which doesn't reflect my own recollection, can he please clarify which scientists or peer-reviewed journal articles supported the flawed Wakefield thesis? At 3:07, he stated that the SWEP was "running stories highlighting MMR as safe many years before" Wakefield's article was disowned by the Lancet. This is a very vague comment: can he please clarify when the first such article appeared (date and page reference, please)? He makes a similar assertion at 3:02 and again, references for this are required. Nowhere here does the editor confirm that not only is MMR the best protection for children from three diseases which can kill, but it is also a safe vaccine. I would like to see him say it in exactly these terms. At 2:55, the editor answered my question about MMR reporting with a promise to look into the re-publication of ALL articles on MMR and Wakefield. I look forward to seeing this given the appropriate level of prominence on your website so that people can judge for themselves whether the SWEP gave equal weight to (in the words of the 3:00 questioner) a belief in unicorns and a belief in horses. Someone will write a dissertation on this one day for a Master's in Public Health: I hope the SWEP will co-operate.

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  • lilid  |  April 09 2013, 3:23PM

    Well done to Evening Post and it's new editor for opening the debate to the public - its not often the media put themselves out there for scrutiny themselves. For future web-chats, please give five minutes notice before ending!

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  • rivergirl  |  April 09 2013, 3:15PM

    Oh dear. Are your getting bored Jules?

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  • Julesbreadbox  |  April 09 2013, 2:53PM

    This is turning into a nuisance. EP, give us a break!

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