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Mail Online poll controversy
Saturday 16 January 2010
The UK's Mail Online had a poll that asked the question: "Do you think ME is a genuine illness?".
The poll disappeared after only a few days.
Daily Mail explain why they pulled their poll on whether ME is a genuine illness
Thursday, 14 January 2010 16:04
The Daily Mail have apologised for their controversial website poll 'Do you think ME is a genuine illness?'. The poll – originally put up to accompany the paper's coverage of the XMRV debate – was pulled from the website after a huge outcry from many people with ME/CFS and a sustained email campaign from several Facebook pages.
In an email signed by assistant editor Charles Garside, the Daily Mail wrote:
• Thank you to Neil Riley and Suzy Chapman who both showed us copies of this email.
That article originally appeared here.
It remains to be seen how much of The Daily Mail's explanation will be believed by the public.
(We've observed in the past that whenever an error has occurred at a newspaper, it's invariably – and conveniently – the fault of an always unnamed "junior member of staff".)
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