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Gatekeepers; Misinformation; Andrew Wakefield; The Lancet; Healthy society; Journalists; Diversity; Bias; Mass media; Political dysfunction; Electronic culture
Andrew Wakefield, a British doctor who lost his medical license in 2010, falsely claimed in a 1998 scientific paper published in The Lancet that measles, mumps and rubella vaccines cause autism and Crohn’s disease. His claims, though bogus, were widely reported and led to a decline in vaccination rates and new outbreaks of measles and mumps.
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Mauer, Barry (2016). If our gatekeepers can't function properly, we are doomed. UCF Today, 2016-05-11. Retrieved from
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