Paul Offit's paperback edition of False Prophets is now available and he's going to be on PBS's Frontline "The Vaccine Wars" on April 27th (thanks to Sullivan for his post on it). Of course, that means Age of Autism has to run a rehash of a post by Handley, with a note that, you know, what's Offit doing talking about autism when he's an infectious disease expert? We all agree I've held the snark on the backburner, right? Okay, then; it really seems I'm due some. Paul Offit would never have needed to get involved in autism if it hadn't been for the charlatans and snakeoil salesmen and gullible parents who sold or fell for the autism-vaccine connection. Since he's an infectious disease expert and an expert on vaccines, he is eminently qualified to assess the research and discuss the likelihood of autism being caused by vaccines. Any rational person would immediately get that; that Stagliano et al. don't speaks volumes. That they keep trotting out the same garbage shows they are unwilling to examine their errors and grow from them.
Apparently, feeling that the Offit piece wasn't enough, Katie Wright had to speak out on Thorsen, calling him "one of the world’s most influential and prolific autism researchers." I'm pretty sure that's not right, but, you know and I know that facts never get in the way of Age of Autism's need to ratchet up their readers' ire. And I admit I giggled when I saw Wright referenced other AoA articled by Blaxill and Olmsted and the amazing Robert Kennedy, Jr, cuz, you know, facts and he are so close, they're like twins. Hah, same could be said for B and O, as well. Wright can't even get it right, either, saying he's still on the DSM-V workgroup (I reported that he had requested leave from it more than a month ago); even Ginger gets it and wrote on it March 18.
Come on, AoA, are you tired? Worn out? Worn down? This is it?
I like how AoA has such weird ideas on experts and stuff, too. Offit not an autism expert, so he should hush, but Dr. Bob Sears gets his autism book plugged because he's friendly to their wackaloon notions. It's not about what you know, but about whether what you have to say agrees with their warped world view.
To make up for this hash and rehash of tired, worn out ideas that even they probably wince at, here's a picture to send you off about your day happy that spring is here:
Pansies from my mother's garden.