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The publications of Correct!v on payments of pharmaceutical companies to German doctors in 2016 were impressive and a classical example of critical and investigative journalism. The new publications on the subject of vaccination fall far short of those standards, not only due to the funding of this research provided by the Gates-Foundation, which is one of the global players in the pro-vaccine-movement worldwide. The foundation itself is financed by the Gates-Trust that has capital investment in vaccine-producing companies "As of 2014, the BMGF Trust had investments in [...] chemical and pharmaceutical corporations BASF, Dow Chemicals, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, and Pfizer" (Global Justice 2017). Correct!v's claim that the foundation did not exert influence on the content of the articles is a proof of either naiveté or of ignorance of the basic principles of manipulation and exercise of influence (Rule of reciprocity - Cialdini 2014).

 

In addition, the articles contain lots of inaccuracies and mistakes:

On the website of Correct!v's Spanish partner-organisation, Civio, the situation is not better:

This listing could go on for a long, long time - it becomes apparent that the initial suspicion fed by the funding of this research project turns out to be all too true: this mixture of of journalistic inaccuracies, false claims and scientific nonsense is of no value at all in a discussion on a theme so complex as vaccination.

Vaccination holds a lot of opportunities for real critical journalism, though:

This reseach provides evidence that the attempt to perform a critical journalistic investigation on a highly controversial topic like vaccination and allow the funding of this reseach by a foundation that is with its position and behaviour part of the game, part of the problem is doomed to fail - Correct!v and its partners fall far short of their own journalistic, ethical and moral standards.

So, if in the age of fake news, alternative facts and governmental wars against the media and the press this is critical and investigative journalism: who will investigate the work of Correct!v, Civio et al.?

 

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CDC. Pertussis FAQs. 2015.

Cialdini, R. Handbuch Manipulation. 2014. Abruf 19.03.2017

Correct!v. Warum wir über Impfungen berichten. Abruf 19.03.2017

Correct!v. Redaktionsstatut. Abruf 19.03.2017

Global Justice: Gated Development - Is the Gates Foundation always a force for good? Abruf 19.03.2017

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Hirte M. Missstände bei der Europäischen Arzneimittelbehörde EMA. Abruf 19.03.2017

Leitlinienwatch 2016a. Interessenkonflikte bei Impfempfehlungen. Abruf 19.03.2017

Leitlinienwatch 2016b. Empfehlungen der Ständigen Impfkommission. Abruf 19.03.2017

Rabe S. (2017) Keuchhusten - America first, Germany next? Abruf 19.03.2017

Rabe S. (2015) Masern - Die Erkrankung. Abruf 20.03.2017

RKI. Ratgeber Pertussis. 2014 Abruf 19.03.2017

RKI. FAQs zu Poliomyelitis. Stand 10.09.2015. Abruf 19.03.2017

Tartof SY. PEDIATRICS Volume 131, Number 4, April 2013 Abruf 19.03.2017

Uzicanin A.  J Infect Dis. (2011) 204 (suppl 1): S133-S149. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jir102 Abruf 19.03.2017

Vaccine Confidence Project 2016. Abruf 20.03.2017

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Zuck R. MedR 2017, S. 85 - 91

 

 

 

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