To get a quick fix on how insanely inconsistent the public health authorities and the media are on the question of mercury exposure in infants, just check out Saturday’s New York Times. There on Page A9 is Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the National Center on Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC, saying the centers were now “fully recommending” that children as young as six months old get a flu shot every year. In the past, the agency had only “encouraged” shots for children.

And there, on Page A14, is a lead editorial titled “Mercury and Power Plants “Mercury and Power Plants”demanding the administration “issue a tough rule to control mercury, knowing that it is essential to protect Americans and that the power companies can certainly afford to do what is needed.”

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