I was interviewed for a brief segment on CBS Sunday Morning yesterday. The segment was entitled “The Truth about Lies” and was part of a feature called “The Fast Draw” by Josh Landis and Mitch Butler. The impetus for the interview was last month’s allegation by journalist Brian Deer that some of the evidence Andrew Wakefield used in promoting a vaccine/autism link was fraudulent. As I and many others have noted, there is no evidence for a link between vaccines and autism. But, the lack of evidence hasn’t dissuaded people from believing that there is a link. The question is why people hold onto beliefs about perceived causes and risks when there is little evidence.
The segment is about 2.5 minutes long, and features an animated version of me (apparently, television adds a few pounds and some facial hair, even for animated people). Overall, I thought the did a nice job (excepting, perhaps, some of the neurobabble).
In case the embed code doesn’t work, here’s the link: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7299406n