We’re a reporting team of graduate students at NYU working on a project in collaboration with TPM and you, the members. If you haven’t already seen our original post, you can learn more about who we are and the goals of the project here. TLDR: we worked with members in the Hive to identify areas of interest outside of TPM’s typical coverage and developed an idea for an article to be published on TPM based on what we learned. We are presenting our idea below along with ways you can help contribute. Thanks to all the members who have already contributed ideas and shared their interests with us.
The Story: How misinformation around Lyme Disease ended up informing government policy and how that impacts those afflicted.
Background: A recent book claiming that Lyme Disease is the result of a government bioweapon experiment gone wrong lead to a bill passing the House calling for the Department of Defense to investigate the claim. Meanwhile, approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme Disease are reported to the CDC each year.
How you can help: We’re interested in information on instances of federal, but also, state and local governments responding to and making policy changes in response to health-related misinformation. We would also be interested in any questions you have specifically related to Lyme Disease?