A Prime Example of Self-Justification

"Let me make it absolutely clear that, at its heart, the GMC hearing has been about the protection of MMR vaccination policy. The case has been driven by an agenda to crush dissent that in my opinion serves the government and the pharmaceutical industry — not the welfare of children. It’s important to note that there has never been a complaint against any of the doctors by any parent involved in this case — only universal parental support and gratitude."  --Andrew Wakefield

What is a person most likely to do when painted into a corner, his sins laid bare for all the world to see? Well, if he's a politician or a celebrity with a good PR team, he'll do a mea culpa, own some of his behavior, and work hard to explain it away, as an addiction, an error in judgment (that ultimately you shouldn't hold him responsible for) and it's back to business as usual for the person.

What if you don't have a good PR team and a whole lot of negative feedback pushing you to own some of it, coupled with a loyal base self-justifying with you  and an ego of gigantic proportion to boot? Hah, well, if you're George Bush, you keep insisting it wasn't a mistake to go into Iraq, and if you're Andy Wakefield you write the above paragraph and additional statements that can't be seen as anything other than profoundly absurd: "We can prove, with extensive documentary evidence, that this conclusion is false."

Yes, folks, it was all a witch hunt by the big pharma and governmental collusion to poison an entire generation that made Wakefield the fall guy for wanting to stand up to them (oh and patent his own replacement prior to the paper, but that's no nevermind).

Shew, but I'm glad we got that settled. Thanks, Saint Andy! Where would we be without you? Watch for loyal Andyites to now go back to their original monologues concerning the case series. No need to say it was merely a case series showing a link between gastro issues and autism; we can go back to saying it showed measles in the gut caused autism.


Science Mom said...

"We can prove, with extensive documentary evidence, that this conclusion is false."

Well, why hasn't he proven his innocence then with this 'extensive documentary evidence'? Seems like a good time to play this alleged trump card should have been during the GMC proceeding. Instead, he offered nothing.

I can't (well, yes I can) believe he is still playing the 'but the parents haven't complained' card. But his ever-supportive followers have their heads too far up their arses to see what a mockery he is making of them.

Yea, his cult will lap this up like pabulum.

Anonymous said...

If I had relied on scientific evidence and medical certainty to provide treatment for my 2 ASD kids in 1995, I would still be waiting. Instead, trying hypothesized treatments and investigating non-traditional methods resulted in a Freshman at Harvard and Junior on scholarship at a boarding prep school by 2009. And those still waiting for MD's to answer their call, good luck with that.

kathleen said...

Unfortunately, lots of parents still rely on the medical "evidence" of Wakefield. Anecdote appears to be the proof of choice.

KWombles said...

@SafeShotz, I don't think you understand medicine. There is rarely certainty.

You can't call for safe shots while experimenting on your children with woo and have legitimacy. It's kind of oxymoronic. Not saying you did that, of course, since I don't know you. But anyone who does, who buys into Geier, Wakefield, etc., yet bemoans vaccines is, in my humble opinion, not thinking logically.

Mom26children said...

Can you say MARTYR???