Interesting on 2 counts: 1) the particuares of MMR and the fact it could prevent arthma, 2) another data point for the power of the media and its ability to influeunce and mislead.
Certainly, whenever I see artices in normal newspapers aboutr a subject I know well I marvel at how misleading they are. This is usually appears to be down to the ignorance of the reporter rather than deliberate attempts to misinform. But then most of these topics that I know well are not politics, big business etc.
Worrying - perhaps the demise of newspapers won't be such a bad thing ( so long as Bad Science maintains a blog!)