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April 30, 2009



It's a pretty good rule that you shouldn't waste time on anything in the media that's in the future tense.


Unfortunately, Ben doesn't say what needs to be said. He corectly says that swine flu is an unknown risk. The problem is that the media doesn't like unknowns, and substitutes wild speculation: it's a disaster or (in the case of the ever unreliable Jenkins) it's all hype. Goldacre completely misses that point. The WHO, even, has come out and said that the various figures swilling around in the media are wrong.

Bob Borsley

Am I alone in thinking that it's amusing that swine flu is discussed on the Richard Bacon Show?

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