Yesterday, AoA finally broke the post-Wakefield resignation/firing/removal/tail-between-his-legs slink off silence. ScienceMom and Catherina's Justthevax blog was the first one I read covering AoA's coverage. Autism Nostrum writes about it beautifully and boldly. I love the "Age of Woo"! Orac covers it well.
With three capable blogposts on the subject, what's left to say? :-)
Okay, let's see. So Wakefield, according to Dan "I wouldn't know facts any better than Wakefield knows ethic if they bit me in the butt" Olmstead writes that Wakefield is moving into "a new phase of leadership in the autism community." Oy. First things first. I have always had an extreme distate for how they misrepresent the autism community as being squarely behind Wakefield. With over 1.5 million autistic people in the US alone, do you really think the autism community is squarely behind Wakefield other than to better aim their collective kicks towards his ass?
A fringe group of desperate parents turned sycophantic cult-following we're-not-worthies lap up Wakefield's nonsense as if it were manna from heaven. Just read the comments at AoA if you don't think that's an accurate rendering of the state of comments. These people are delusional. Couple the Wakefield's-so-dreamy-crowd with the rant yesterday by our favorite whine-fest mess and those accompanying wacky and threatening (planes, anyone?) comments and you've got a clear case for there not being much of a case left for the AoA crowd being anything other than akin to 9-11 Truthers, holocaust denying flat-earthers. In other words, they have spent their credibility.
Wow. One cup of coffee and I really don't pull very many punches, do I? You want an even better let-me-tell-you-how-I-really-feel post? Go read Autism Nostrum! :-)