The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome

American Academy of Pediatrics exposes unbalanced reporting on shaken baby syndrome in news media


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AAPlogo'Disputed diagnosis' of shaken baby syndrome is 'a false debate.'


Doctors Howard Dubowitz, immediate past president of the Ray E. Helfer Society, and Errol R. Alden, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) executive director/CEO, write a commentary on behalf of the AAP question the media's unbalanced reporting on shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma. The commentary explicitly cites the recent Washington Post and PBS NewsHour pieces as 'seriously unbalanced' that lends equal credence to the vast minority opinion. The authors state that 'The Post report is replete with misleading and questionable information' and give several examples.

The commentary's final words: 'Recklessly disputing well-established science puts children's lives in jeopardy. Who is speaking for them?' CLICK THIS LINK to read the full commentary on the AAP News website.