I don't know much about the MMR debate other than what I have read in Private Eye (anti) and various blogs (pro), but Dr Ben Goldacre makes a convincing argument for having the MMR vaccine.
It seems bizarre that LBC and their parent company Global Media are so angry over a radio clip being republished, although they do charge £4 for people to download shows online using a credit card.
Dr Ben Goldacre comments more on this legal action here, and is looking for a media lawyer.
There seems to be a clear public interest defence her, if, as Dr Ben Goldacre says, the comments made on the show were untrue.
Like I say, I have no clear idea on this topic myself. As I have no children, this topic is not one I have been reading on a regular basis.
My concern is that LBC's response to Dr Goldacre providing evidence of something he was discussing is draconian, with the station making no comment on the actual content.
I am not a scientist, I would not claim to be a scientist. When tested on the contents of the MMR vaccine I told the truth. I did not have the facts to hand. Was I ill informed? Yes.As a responsible broadcaster I should have been better prepared as a parent, however, I can fight my corner. I don't know everything that goes into cigarettes but I do know they are harmful.The second comment on that page, that Jeni has more right than scientists to voice an opinion because she is a mother, is ludicrous.
I advise writing to LBC to tell them to drop the action against Dr Goldacre -and to respond to his criticism- as well as donating to and reading his excellent blog.
Not sure if I can link directly to the page providing the recording, but you can here the audio file on the excellent Wikileaks, full of interesting news.
Harry's Place also links to this Times article about a rise in measles and the anti-MMR campaign.
Do you have a view on the MMR debate? Have you given your children the vaccine?