Editor’s Note: Last week, the Toronto Star published a front page investigation into the HPV vaccine Gardasil by reporters Jesse McLean and David Bruser. The investigation has been widely criticicized for alleged misrepresentations of medical anecdotes and data. Vox’s Julia Belluz details problems with the story here and Dr. Jen Gunter provides a summary of issues with the Star’s reporting here.
The Star’s publisher John Cruickshank, in an interview with CBC’s As It Happens, said of the paper’s reporting, “We failed.” Public editor Kathy English echoed his comment in an interview on CBC’s Metro Morning. In the wake of the controversy, the Star ran an op-ed criticizing the piece, signed by over 60 medical professionals.
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