PUT THE BLAME ON CAPTAIN VIDEO? I THINK NOT.
Only Time magazine seemed willing to call this hypothesis “bizarre.” Of course, the same Time article seems to prematurely discard hypotheses involving links to vaccines or mercury, but they are at least showing a consistency that is otherwise lacking in the media.
The point is that there are important developments in the worlds of autism ⎯ both the scientific and the political worlds ⎯ nearly every day. And yet the two most widely covered stories of the past year have been a young man shooting three-pointers and now a crackpot theory about television causing autism.
On a related note, check out this post by Kristina Chew, in which she discusses how it would make almost as much sense to say that autism causes TV as the other way around. She puts the story into perspective, which to me underlines just how silly the media attention has been.
ADDENDUM: For a really great analysis of the absurdity of the television study, check out Kendra Pettengill's take here.