I don’t know if you have followed this in the news the past few days, but there has been a lot of heat placed on the publication The Daily Mail for posting a controversial poll on their site.
On January 12th, The Daily Mail, a UK publication ran an online article about ME, otherwise known as Myalgic Encephalopathy/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome being nothing but a myth. You can read the article if you click the link below (and those who suffer from chronic illness should read through the comments that were left below the article).
Obviously when experts announce publicly that illnesses such as these have no validity, it makes the fight AGAINST the stigmas associated with chronic illness that much harder. The controversy didn’t stem from the article itself though, The Daily Mail decided to run a poll with this article that asked readers if they thought that ME was an actual illness or if it was just “all in your head”. Therein lies the controversy….. Readers had a chance to vote and comment on this topic, and it caused a public outrage in the Chronic Illness community. As a result the publication took down the poll, and made this public apology:
What do you think?
Do you think that those who suffer from chronic illness/pain face enough judgement in day-to-day life that we should take a stand when misinformation is promoted in the media?
Do you think it is a free world, and freedom of speech should be allowed in ALL forums regardless of validity of people’s opinions?
What is your personal opinion when you read articles such as these?
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