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Paul Flynn MP Early Day Motion on Dore (and bloggers)

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Paul Flynn MP has tabled an Early Day Motion in Parliarment, on the promotion of Dore. The Motion states:

That this House is appalled at the gullible uncritical promotion by the media of Dore, a claimed miracle cure for dyslexia, in the absence of scientific proof of its value; notes that there were five resignations from the editorial board of the journal Dyslexia in protest at false claims published in that journal on the efficacy of Dore; welcomes Ofcom’s finding that Dore’s television advertisement was in breach of its rules on evidence,; calls on the Jeremy Vine Show, Channel Five News, Radio Five Live, BBC London, ITV Central, ITV Yorkshire, the Daily Mail, the Daily Record, Scotland on Sunday, Tonight with Trevor McDonald and You and Yours to correct the false impressions they broadcast on an unproven treatment; and congratulates the bloggers and journalist Ben Goldacre for exposing this bad science and other exploitative snake oil salespeople.

That is an excellent Early Day Motion, and we hope that Parliament and the mainstream media take note.

Flynn asks “Will the media react and repent their gullibility”, and encourages readers of his (very interesting) blog to persuade their MPs to sign EDM 1770 (at the time of writing, the motion has five signatures). We would encourage our readers to do the same.


Written by oatmealts

June 17, 2008 at 11:35 pm

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