I was reading an article in the daily mail today about an autistic adult and came across this piece of information.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with autism have trouble with social, emotional and communication skills that usually develop before the age of three and last throughout a person’s life.
Specific signs of autism include:
'Autistic people aren't scary or vicious or aggressive, they can be vulnerable people and are totally entitled to have their part in society and be represented,' she said.
The article I'm referring to is here.
Where a mother complains how her adult Autistic son was ignored on the London underground when he became separated from his carer.
What caught my eye was the newspaper explaining to it's readers what autism was. By quoting the centres for disease control and infection.
Are they suggesting that Autism is a disease/ infection that needs controlling? ️
No, the CDC perform some of the role that NICE perform in the UK. They have handy reference materials that the Mail hacks can cut and paste to bulk out their word count.
Sorry just saw your explanation of why they used cdc. Surely NHS or nas would have had plenty of info available though .
Would have taken longer. The Mail does not lovingly craft their stories. They crank them out as quickly as possible. Often regurgitating other sources. We have probably spent longer talking about this story than they spent writing it.
You are probably right!
The DM is classed as unreliable news - their website content is a mix of paid advertorial, political press releases, celeb's promotional puplicity releases and blatant click-bait - there is no actual news. I'm not even sure the 'journalists' work in any office - it seems to be a hap-hazard bunch of illiterates cutting-n-pasting content from the internet and posting it on the site. there's no coherence except for spinning every 'story' into 'outrage' for clicks.
My ad-blocker reports over 90 trackers on any page. Beware.
If you are interested in how they work:
I remember a few years ago - as part of the Mail's ongoing demonisation of (amongst others) benefit claimaints - they ran a 'story' about a young unemployed guy who claimed he was refusing to look for work because it would interfere with his fitness training regime. They had photos of him working out in a gym, etc.
Finally, following an investigation, they admitted the story was fabricated - and they'd used an actor in the photos.
It's a shameful, spiteful little rag.
And the sad thing is - people believe it. I waded into a furore on a mental health group on FB once where a bunch of women in the US were ripping into some UK woman who was the victim of a Mail Online fabrication. She was claiming ESA because of MH issues... but they had a story about her using the money to pay for beauty treatment. It took some doing on my part to convince them that the story might as well have been in Fortean Times. They initially gave me a lot of abuse for 'defending the feckless and welfare cheats.'
Unfortunately, the DM demonstrates that the dumbing down of the population and the training to make decisions without logic or facts has been very successful - we now have an ignorant, child-like population that is easy to rile-up and point towards a target - just like it was in 1930s Germany.
And that wave of populism is sweeping the world - though I think there's some plausibility in the oft-heard complaint about the complacency of the elite liberal establishment.
Whatever anyone's views on the EU and Brexit are, I like to think that a lot of 'leave' voters were driven by more than populist rhetoric and scare stories. But a recent YouGov poll doesn't help me to be confident in that belief: 47% of Leave voters in the EU referendum (from a sample, I assume) believe the government is deliberately hiding the truth about the number of immigrants living in the UK. 31% of Leave voters believe immigration to the UK is 'part of a bigger plan to make Muslims a majority of the country's population' (presumably they mean only Muslims from Pakistan and similar countries, not white ones). 12% of Leave voters think global warming is a hoax.
A guy I used to work with - very definitely not anti-immigration - said he voted 'Leave' solely on the basis of the NHS money, as advertised on Boris's Battle Bus.... even though that had already been rubbished by the time of the referendum!
Unfortunately, with so many deliberate lies being told by governments and people looking for personal gain and the press not doing any real reporting, just cutting-n-pasting what turns up in their inbox, it's very difficult to sort the truth from the lies.
To not read a newspaper makes you uninformed.
To read a newspaper makes you misinformed
Read a range of newspapers. Include the Guardian as well as the more establishment broadsheets. You get pretty good coverage then.
If you use social media, make sure you follow a few people you fundamentally disagree with. It keeps you honest and keeps you from sitting in a bubble of like-minded people. Don't use facebook as a news source.
The dispute between the Mail & the guardian!
I must be one of the few that reads both.
I dip into multiple newspaper publications each morning. Independent, Guardian, Daily Mail (for their positive approach to women (sic)) and The Times
I stopped getting papers several years ago. I get The Week now, which gives a really good digest of the week's news - and it's balanced by giving reports from across the spectrum of news media - left-wing, right-wing, broadsheets, red tops, TV and foreign media.