5/02/2010

Conspiracies Everywhere and a Critical Failure of Reading Comprehension

"This is Dr. Offit's real job. He conducts seminars and webinars to provide talking points on how to address  vaccine safety concerns so as to protect stakeholders."  AoA just can't get their crap together.


No, you conspiracy mongers with incredible reading comprehension difficulties, that's not his "real" job. This is: "Paul A. Offit, MD is the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Offit is also the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology, and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is a recipient of many awards including the J. Edmund Bradley Prize for Excellence in Pediatrics bestowed by the University of Maryland Medical School, the Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development from the Infectious Disease Society of America, and a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health." -- from his site


You're right, he's not an autism expert and he's not pretending to be. He is an infectious disease expert and vaccine researcher and eminently qualified to speak on behalf of the science that rebuts your hair-brained, frakked-up wackaloon postulations regarding how "toxic" ingredients not even contained in vaccines are causing autism. And you don't like it because reasonable people out there given the opportunity to look at his credentials versus yours choose to go with his evidence and not your anecdotes and butchered information. At least Tim the Tool-man was funny when he butchered something Wilson said. Ya'll are just getting sadder and more extreme.  And when you continue to manufacture wholesale the incredibly stupid allegations that you and your readers come up with, you further marginalize yourself. And to do it all while endorsing the snake oil and woo shows everything about your principles, your ethics, and your reasoning skills.

And Twyla pointing out that "one of these grantees on Huffpo making all of the usual arguements -- science has spoken, parents don't understand science, increase in autism may not be real, better diagnosis today than before, etc." demonstrates the conspiracy mongering that AoAers excel at.

The only thing AoA editors have going for them is that their responders tend to make even the editors look somewhat sane in comparison until you remember they actually have to decide whether to let a comment go through: "Ah well, all is clear now, that explains why he doesn't actually see sick children, his real job is propaganda and doctoring of the truth." You really ought to be ashamed that you help foster the woo and the conspiracy theories.

On another thread, a person asks, "That's another thing, what does jenny's previous employment matter here" to the people who routinely skewer Trine Tsouderos and Amy Wallace for their previous employment all while letting folks who have no science background try to dismantle epidemiological studies. Yup. That's AoA for you: mind-blowing.

Another person comments: "By their very nature, vaccines cannot be exonerated in finding an explanation for the explosion in neurological disorders including autism in recent generations. To ignore, disavow, and deny the damages done by vaccines is no longer a matter of science it is about money and politics." 

That one make any sense to you? Nah, doesn't to me, either. Sure, it's all about the money and conspiracies.

I think AoA is conspiring with the woo salesman to dumb down an entire generation of adults so that they can sell mining chelators and HBOT and lollipops that cost a buck plus a piece. Yup, I do. I really do. 


 

8 comments:

Dawn said...

OT, Kim, but I don't like the re-design. Finding the purple on black very hard to read.

On Topic: nice post. Yeah, right, Dr Offit doesn't do anything but webinars. I'm sure he is NEVER in the hospital seeing patients, given that he is a professor at the medical school, and infectious disease expert, and a humane person. I wish the AOA'ers would get a clue...

KWombles said...

Lightened the text up some, and the background. Let me know if that eases readability. :-)

Dawn said...

Much easier to read. Thank you!

Science Mom said...

Great Post Kim, as usual. It would be a full time job to point out the hypocrisy at AoA, for several people!

Now who over there, who are their 'autism experts'?
Wakefield? Nope
Geiers? Nope
Haley? Nope
Jay Gordon? Nope
Bob Sears? Nope
Jenny McCarthy? Nope

Have I missed anyone? So where do they get off assessing anyone else's ability to discuss autism?

Sirenity said...

Wow Kim, Brilliant post. I love the way you point out all the double standards, the main points of burning idiocy and wrap it up so nicely.

Hugs and laughter

Sullivan said...

I've called Dr. Offit on more than one occasion where he had to break off to do rounds.

He doesn't claim to be an "autism doctor". Well, gee. I don't consider, say, Andrew Wakefield or Rashid Buttar to be autism doctors. At least Dr. Offit is honest about it.

Of course, I also called that really nice person in the Oregon public health service who said that no one in her office would make the statements AoA attributed to them.

I think if you go to the Frontline website you can find the answer. The truth is "exaggerated" and "expanded" by some people.

Sullivan said...

As they complain about the characterization of Jenny McCarthy as a playboy playmate--

I would put it to them that they are the sexists here. Frankly, I don't have a problem with her being a playboy playmate. It was a job, she was successful at it. If they have issues with women posing nude and that being somehow hurtful to her message, it is their problem.

Should Frontline have characterized Jenny McCarthy as "a nursing school dropout who ran a now defunct Indigo Child website"?

Frankly, those activities *are* relevant to her current efforts.

They should be happy that Frontline stuck with "playboy model".

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