Antivax bombshell

The Sunday Times carries a bombshell today, reporting that, according to evidence presented to the General Medical Council, Andrew Wakefield faked patient data in the original paper purporting to find a connection between MMR vaccine and autism, sparking the baseless and highly destructive vaccine scare that has lasted a decade and caused the incidence of measles to rocket.

The Sunday Times reports that Wakefield, alongside doctors John Walker-Smith and Simon Murch, is standing trial for serious professional misconduct before the Council, which has the power to reprimand them or strike them off the medical register.

Russell Brand tames down act for Americans at the VMAs, gets asked back

Russell Brand did well at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) in Los Angeles last Monday.  He’s very pleased with the result, and apparently so are the sponsors.

MTV told me that they want me to do it again. Afterwards they were really thrilled. There was a 20 per cent increase in viewers from last year’s show and wow, isn’t life exciting.

Brand had to tone his act down a bit for the live show, which went out to an audience of 8.4 million people.

I had John McCain gags pulled. And they asked me to tone down the gags about Sarah Palin. I wanted to say she was forcing her teenage daughter to have a baby because she is so anti-abortion.

But also, as a Republican she is pro-execution so she is going to give her the electric chair for being a little slut.

They weren’t keen on that one.

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