Journalist’s Vaccine Article Draws Hate Mail
Oct 29, 2009

By Amy Pisani
Hi Everyone.  Amy Wallace, who wrote the excellent cover story for the November issue of Wired Magazine on the anti-vaccine movement has just been interviewed on NPR: All Things Considered. She talks about the backlash she has experienced after writing the article, entitled “An Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All” (it’s a great read by the way). The article examines the anti-vaccine movement and their impact on public health and vaccination rates.
I have personally thanked Amy Wallace for not only writing an excellent piece of journalism, but for her courage in the face of the criticism she has encountered.  Since the article came out, she has taken a lot of spite from some prominent anti-vaccine bloggers – in fact, she has never received this much feedback in her 20 plus years of journalism.  Wallace says in the interview: “I’ve heard that I’m stupid. I’ve heard that I’m greedy. I’ve heard that I did this to get famous. I’ve heard that I’m a whore, I’m a prostitute.” Listen to the entire podcast at: http://www.npr.org/templates/player/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=114249382&m=114254133
Ms. Wallace has been twittering about the mail she’s received since she wrote the article. Check out her Twitter feed, and for those of you who tweet, send her a positive shout out!


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